COLEG CAMBRIA sites will host a series of WorldSkills finals at both its Wrexham and Deeside sites in the coming weeks.

The college will welcome participants from across the UK from Monday November 15 to Friday November 19.

Cambria is to hold nine finals in all, which will take place at the following venues:

Yale, Wrexham: Nail Technician, Commercial Make-Up, Creative Media Make-Up, Beauty Therapy Practitioner, Beauty Therapist.

Bersham Road, Wrexham: Manufacturing Team Challenge, Construction Metalwork.

Deeside: Sheet Metalwork, Welding.

Coleg Cambria has one of the largest WorldSkills UK cohorts in Wales, with 25 representatives selected for the prestigious event.

Among the categories they will contest are sheet metalwork technology, aeronautical engineering, beauty therapy, CNC milling, construction metalwork, floristry, hairdressing, IT support, nail technician, laboratory technician and the Manufacturing Team Challenge.

Learner Experience and Enterprise Manager Rona Griffiths said they are delighted to again be chosen to moderate key areas of the WorldSkills programme.

“The facilities at our sites across north east Wales are second to none, and we look forward to hosting participants from all over the UK,” said Rona.

“And with so many of our own learners and apprentices taking part it looks like being another successful year for the college in this competition.”

Rona added: “Best of luck to all of the finalists – we look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.”

The winners of the UK finals will be crowned at a ceremony streamed live on the WorldSkills UK website and hosted by TV presenter Steph McGovern – star of the Channel 4 Show Packed Lunch - on November 26.

The news comes after Cambria was chosen as one of just 12 institutions to become part of the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence, in addition to 20 announced last autumn when the three-year pilot project was launched.