A 19-YEAR-OLD former Pembrokeshire College student from Cilgerran whose culinary skills have earned him a place in the Squad UK for the World Skills competition in Russia next year, has prepared afternoon tea for Eluned Morgan, the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning.

Towards the end of last year, Sam Everton earned a place in the UK squad for the World Skills competition in Russia next year, is currently training as part of Squad UK and hoping to gain a place on the team.

Sam, who recently completed a course at the college and gained a diploma in level three professional cooking, is also a keen footballer and plays for Bargod Rangers in the Costcutter Ceredigion League.

The amicable Teifi Valley teenager said “Competing at the Skills Show last year was the start of an amazing journey for me that will hopefully end with the opportunity to represent the UK at World Skills.

“Training with Squad UK will take me all across the UK to refine my existing skills and learn new ones including bread making, knife skills and butchery.”

And he added “I’m also looking forward to my placement at Michelin Star Restaurant James Sommerin.”

Eluned Morgan said “Afternoon tea was absolutely delicious, showing why Sam has done so well at the Skills Show and I congratulate him on his success and wish him well for the selection process for World Skills 2019.

“Sam[s success is an excellent example of the highly skilled and committed young people we have in Wales and the excellent work that goes into helping them achieve their potential.

“Supporting skills growth, in particular higher level skills, is a key priority for the Welsh Government as it helps Welsh businesses to grow, helps people find decent employment to support themselves and their families, and makes a vital contribution to the Welsh economy,” she said.