An Aberporth student has been selected to represent the UK at an international competition where he will showcase his restaurant front of house skills.

Daniel Davies of Aberporth is one of just four Welsh competitors in the 20 strong UK team to compete at the at EuroSkills Gdańsk competition in Poland this Autumn.

At the event, 600 skilled young professionals under the age of 25 from 32 member countries - including Germany, Switzerland and France - will compete for the title of best in their trade.

Daniel who attends Coleg Ceredigion will take part in the Restaurant Service competition.

“It still hasn’t kicked in that I’ll be representing Team UK in Gdansk in September,” he said. “I absolutely love competing to challenge my knowledge and skills.

“The competitions are a great opportunity to learn as much as you can, and I get a real adrenaline rush from it.”

Dan didn’t place the first time he put his skills to the test but he persevered and has been rewarded with Gold medals and a place in the UK team.

“I started out competing regionally in Skills Competition Wales but didn’t win a medal first time,” he said.

“I then entered again, came home with a Gold and went on to the UK Nationals and competed in Glasgow.

“Now I’ve been selected for Squad UK to train for a chance to get to WorldSkills Lyon and recently offered a place in Team UK for EuroSkills this September.”

Wales has previously seen 35 competitors compete abroad in countries including Kazan and Abu Dhabi. This year, the competitors will be competing in the plumbing, mechanical engineering (CAD), restaurant services and web development competitions.

In addition to EuroSkills Gdańsk, 21 Welsh competitors have been named in the squad for the International WorldSkills competition in Lyon 2024.

The international competition – also known as the ‘Skills Olympics’ - is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world, with many of the competitors at Gdansk aiming for this end goal.

Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething said: “We’re so proud to see so many of our Welsh competitors earning places in Team and Squad UK. WorldSkills offers individuals with the opportunity to showcase their skills and benchmark their vocational skills internationally.”