Developing Excellence SkillsFest24

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SkillsFest returns for the second year after a successful first year delivery of raising skills, standards and knowledge across education and industry in Wales.

SkillsFest23 saw a series of developing excellence workshops providing continual professional development opportunities to practitioners in Wales. Spread across a range of sectors 11 sessions were delivered from Culinary Arts to Health and Social Care through to Automation and Web Design. The week saw over 80 members of staff from education come together to enhance their skills and teaching practices.

Feedback from the activities demonstrated its success, with attendees having said:

“Excellent session, with clear aims and objectives. It was structured well and inspired me to further develop the automation provision we have at Gower College Swansea” – Gerard Morgan Gower College Swansea Tutor.

“A really informative and on point session with an expert in their field showcasing skills and techniques, very helpful and engaging.”- Andrew Addis-Fuller, Cambrian Training.

“Val was very helpful showing different resources to help aid with the teaching of my students.” – Adam Thomas, NPTC Tutor.

After a highly successful year and by popular demand, SkillsFest24 is set to return in October 2024. The week will draw experts from across education and industry to deliver hands-on training across a variety of vocational subjects to professionals across Wales, showcasing and inspiring excellence.

With the launch of Additive Manufacturing to the Skills Competition Wales portfolio for 2025, SkillsFest24 will deliver its first workshop within Additive Manufacturing. The session led by expert Bryn Jones, WorldSkills UK Training Manager and supported by an AutoDesk trainer, will bring back learnings from WorldSkills Lyon in September. Attendees will also hear from apprentice and WorldSkills UK Team member Oscar McNaughton.

While our plastering workshop will be run by Keith Langton, an industry expert in the art of fibrous plastering. With over 30 years experience in the trade, working across various international regions, it’s a session not to be missed.

With a focus on excellence and raising skills, the workshops will focus on aligning standards to regional, national, and international requirements.

The workshops are developed to challenge and stretch tutors, employers, and assessors, enabling learnings to be taken back to the workplace with the aim of deliver excellence to the next generation of workforce.

There will be a blend of face-to-face training alongside remote delivery, with focus on additional tools and resources being available to support the delivery in the classroom.

The Inspiring Skills project through engagement from the education sector aims to see Wales raise its quality at competitions but also improve its teaching practices to support the demands of current and future workforce.

To register your interest or to learn more about SkillsFest24 please visit:

To speak to us about our CPD opportunities and our approach to improving teaching and learning:

Telephone: 01554 478199 / 07385 419 219

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