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Ruby Pile, from Newport is serving up success on a plate in her young but meteoric career. 

The 20-year-old, Hospitality Management specialist, has high hopes to be at the ‘top table’ when the medals are awarded at WorldSkills Lyon 2024, which is known as the Skills Olympics, this September (10-15). 

Having studied BTEC levels 3, 4 & 5 (HNC & HND) at Cardiff & Vale College, Ruby is now working full time at the internationally renowned Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Chippenham, Wiltshire. 

Her WorldSkills UK Journey has taken her from the depths of despair to the euphoric heights of Team UK selection. 

“It has been an extraordinary transformation for me”, said Ruby.  “I first entered National competitions in 2020 and didn’t do particularly well. I really didn’t know whether to continue training and have another crack at it. I nearly called it a day then and there but was persuaded to dust myself off and go again. Now look at me.” 

“I am working with a great team at Lucknam Park, everyone has been hugely supportive of my WorldSkills UK efforts, and were delighted that I had been selected for Team UK. 

“Competition has made me realise that the sky is the limit when you master a skill. I can go anywhere in the World and find a good job.” 

Ruby says that her BTEC helped her establish a well-rounded mastery of theory and practical experience withing the sector. The online elements and the fact that it was part time gave her the flexibility to earn and learn at the same time.  

“There is a lot of hard work ahead of me – but I am not afraid of that. I will be going for gold in Lyon.” 

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