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Teen Corey Nixon wins a place in the final of this year's prestigious Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards in Wales

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

Corey Nixon is in the running for VQ Learner of the Year Award.

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HE always has had an interest in how things work.

And now aged 17, Corey Nixon who has excelled in electronics, has won himself a place in the final of this year's prestigious Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards in Wales.

Corey has already won the Skills Competition Wales industrial electronics contest, and led the Gower College Swansea team to victory in the Engineering Education Scheme Wales's best working solution project.

In addition, the clever teen hopes to go on to represent the college in the WorldSkills UK industrial electronics final and to win a place in the UK squad for the next round of the global competition.

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But first he will be attending the Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards in Wales.

He is one of six finalists in the running to become VQ Learner of the Year at the showpiece awards ceremony on June 4, VQ Day, at Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw.

VQ Day is a national celebration of people who have achieved success in vocational education in Wales.

Corey's interest in electronics began at the age of 14 when he joined Gower College Swansea and achieved a GCSE A grade in the subject.

He was also in the first group of learners from Wales to complete the Digital Home Technology Integrator Audio Video and Networks level two course.

"I have always been interested in electronics because I like to know how things work," he said.

"I would like to go to university and then get a job in electronics."

Gower College Swansea's learning area manager, David Cranmer, who nominated Corey for the VQ Learner of the Year Award, described him as an "excellent role model" who supports all college activities.

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