Eighteen-year-old Adam Taylor’s flair and enthusiasm have already won him acclaim at the Eisteddfod and on Channel 5’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ programme, along with a £60,000 scholarship to the world-renowned Bird College of Performing Arts in London.
Adam was among six talented students and apprentices nominated for the award from across Wales, displaying skills in fields as diverse as factories, salons, crèches, sports centres and butchers shops.
He was a student at Bridgend College where he secured a triple distinction in his Level 3 Diploma in Musical theatre.
Adam was presented with his award by the Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert.
Mr Cuthbert congratulated all the finalists on their achievements, commitment and talent that has set them apart from their peers.
“I would like to congratulate Adam Taylor for winning this year's award. He and all this year's finalists have proved you can go a long way with vocational qualifications and I hope their stories will be an inspiration to others.
Vocational qualifications often don’t enjoy the high-profile they deserve but they are immensely valuable in preparing people for successful careers in many different fields. The quality of this vocational learning, as demonstrated by these outstanding people, is a cornerstone of Wales’ future as a competitive economy.”
The awards ceremony was the centrepiece of the VQ Day celebrations, which also included special events in Cardiff and Rhos on Sea for visitors to try out different vocational skills. The day is organised in Wales by Colegau Cymru and the National Training Federation for Wales with the support of the Welsh Government and part financed by the European Social Fund.