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Engineering student shines in World Skills contest

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An Engineering student from the University of South Wales has been presented with an award by Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates, after coming third in the World Skills UK competition.

Morgan Siddley, who is in his first year of the BSc (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, entered the robotics category of the competition, which test young people’s skills in a range of critical elements that demonstrate excellence in their chosen trade.

The 20-year-old, from Neath, was the only undergraduate student to take part in the robotics tests during the three-day event, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham.

After taking an interest in robotics and programming during his studies at Neath Port Talbot College, Morgan’s tutor selected him to compete in Robolot, a contest held in Olot, Barcelona, in which robots are showcased using the latest technology.

Morgan came third in Robolot and was then invited to take part in the World Skills UK competition, where his challenge was to build a robot from scratch and programme it to perform a variety of tasks, including finding its way around a maze.

As he represented Wales in the competition, Morgan was invited to the Wales World Skills Awards held by the Welsh Government, where he was presented with a Skills Competition Wales award by Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates AM, and Principal of Coleg Sir Gar, Barry Liles, (both pictured).

Engineering student Morgan Siddley at the Wales World Skills Awards

Speaking about his award, Morgan said: “I didn’t enjoy school very much and took a year out before going to college, but my lecturer Dr Alan Miles gave me a chance by enrolling me onto the National Diploma in Engineering, and I’m so glad he did.

“I took really well to the course and ended up with the best grades in the class, so coming third in a national competition has given me a big confidence boost.”

Find out more about studying Aeronautical Engineering at the University of South Wales.

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