Wirral apprentice wins silver medal at national skills competition

Hannah Back, an Airbus and Coleg Cambria apprentice from Wirral, has been awarded a medal for her exceptional performance in Wales’ largest skills competition, Skills Competition Wales.

In February, Hannah took part in a challenging series of competitions, putting her knowledge and skills to the test, up against lots of other talented young aeronautical engineers across Wales.

Hannah can now say she is the second best young Aeronautical Engineer in Wales with her silver medal.

Hannah is one of the 280 people in Wales who won a medal in the Awards Ceremony at the ICC in Newport – and now, they’ll all get the opportunity to go through to the next phase of the competition, WorldSkills UK, where they get to represent Team Wales on a national stage.

Silver medallist, Hannah Back, described her competition experience, “Winning a Silver medal felt like an overwhelming mixture of joy and pride, and I feel honoured to be appreciated for all my hard work. Competing in skills competitions gave me the chance to develop my industry skills and interact with other talented young people.

“The process has made me see my full potential and increased my self-belief and confidence massively. It’s made me realise that this is my dream and that I have a natural ability within me to shine.

“Looking ahead, I’d love to compete at WorldSkills UK, and I am looking forward to showcasing my skills, ability, and workmanship under the guidance of my college and Airbus.”

Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething, said, “Skills Competition Wales serves as the perfect platform for our youth to push their boundaries and showcase their talents.

“One of my priorities for a stronger economy is to focus on young peoples’ skills and creativity, giving them the support they need to achieve ambitious futures here in Wales.

“Having had the privilege of supporting and attending numerous competitions, including this year’s Renewable Energy competition hosted at the Senedd, I’ve witnessed firsthand the remarkable talent pool we have in Wales. It’s truly inspiring to see these young individuals take pride in their work and continuously strive for excellence in their chosen fields.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to each and every competitor for their outstanding achievements so far. Each of you has a very exciting journey ahead.”

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