- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
A 21 year-old trainee metal worker from Milford Haven has received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Welsh Assembly, at the invitation of Assembly member Joyce Watson.
The Mid and West AM invited Amy Phillips to spend the day (20 May) with her after learning of her achievements.
Amy is the first female Pembrokeshire College student to progress to a Level 3 Engineering Diploma. She represented the college at the recent Welsh Construction and Metalwork Competition and is now training for the World Skills competition to be held at Coleg Sir Gâr, Llanelli, on 17 June.
Amy, who has secured a welding apprenticeship with local firm Whitland Engineering, was accompanied by her welding lecturer, Jo Bradshaw. They took a tour of the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay, had lunch with Mrs Watson and met Welsh Government ministers including skills minister Ken Skates AM.
Mrs Watson is chair of the Assembly cross-party group for construction and champions getting more women and girls into the building sector. She said:
“I was delighted to spend the day with Amy and Jo. Amy’s achievements are very impressive and I’m sure she’ll do very well at her upcoming competitions.
“Jo has worked at the very top of her industry and is an excellent role model, and in Amy she has a student in whom she can be justly proud and who seems destined for a sparkling career.”
“I have had lots of support from my tutors and been given lots of opportunities to pursue my career options. I have had a great time at MITEC and am looking forward to learning new things in the near future.”
Later this month, Amy will compete in one of hundreds of WorldSkills competitions taking place across the UK until 26 June. Competitors will battle it out to secure a place at the national finals in November, where they will be aiming to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in front of an audience of over 80,000.
Mrs Bradshaw added:
“Amy is a fantastic student, her work ability and work ethic is to a high standard, she is confident student and works hard at everything she does. Amy is a breath of fresh air and she should be very proud of her achievement. She has a fruitful career ahead of her and I wish her the very best of luck.”
Steve Lewis, Amy’s fabrication lecturer said:
“Amy is a pleasure to have in the class, she has applied herself really well and I certain she will have a profitable career in front of her.”