A 19-YEAR-OLD from St Clears has won a gold medal in the 3D digital game art final of a national skills competition.
Backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund, Skills Competition Wales is a series of events held in colleges across the country, designed to celebrate vocational skills and create highly skilled, talented employees for the Welsh workforce.
Jacob Lewis, who is currently studying for a BA in Digital Graphics, competed against five other students from across Wales in a series of 3D digital game art challenges within a four-hour time period.
The competitors were tasked with creating a relic for a game that a character in a 3D digital game could hold, with Jacob designing a sword.
Jacob said: “I’ve taken part in graphic design competitions before, including Skills Competition Wales last year, but this is the first time I’ve tried my hand at 3D digital art.
“I really enjoyed the competition and I’m looking forward to the next challenge ahead. It has made me realise I want to pursue a career in digital game design in the future and winning gold has given me the confidence to do it.”
More than 50 competitions are taking place this year, across a wide range of different vocations from bricklaying and hairdressing to aeronautical engineering and culinary art. The successful youngsters may then go on to be shortlisted for the UK Squad, competing against the world’s most talented young people at the EuroSkills competition in Austria, in 2020, or the WorldSkills international final in Shanghai in 2021.
Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan said: “Competitions like these are imperative for establishing transferable skills for the future, and allow young people at the start of their careers, to flourish.
“They provide young individuals from Wales with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as well as the chance to go further and compete on a national, or even international level.
“I would like to congratulate Jacob on his brilliant achievement and wish him the best of luck in the next stage of the competition and I look forward to seeing him prosper in his future career.”