Widening Participation

Widening Participation

The Widening Participation team provides a range of re-engagement and progression opportunities for young people between 16-25 who may not be in education, training or employment.

The Widening Participation programme offers the following:



Fast Forward – The Fast Forward programmes focus on personal and social skills development, work related education and improving essential skills for work and life. The programme is targeted at young people who are undecided on their learning/career pathway.  Students who successfully complete the programme have access to a unique Passport to Progression – which guarantees an interview for a course they wish to progress to.  The course can be accessed throughout the year but typically: October, January and April.

Information leaflet here:



Inspire to Achieve (I2A)

The Inspire to Achieve programme is funded by the European Social Fund and is designed to re-engage and support the ‘most at risk’ students in maintaining their studies at college.  Students may be experiencing issues such as: behaviour, attendance, attainment and other risk factors.

Information leaflet here: 




Families First – Connect to CAVC (Cardiff only)

A roll on/roll off engagement programme delivered throughout local community venues in Cardiff.  The bespoke provision is designed to support anxious, vulnerable young people and there is a clear focus on personal and social development and work related education  alongside essential skills for work and life.  Opportunities include: 1-1 support, small groups and full time provision.  This is supported via qualified local mentors and student peer mentors.



Information leaflet here:


Partnership Working

The team work with a wide range of partners and agencies across public, private and voluntary sectors both in Cardiff and the Vale to ensure ‘better outcomes for young people are realised. Partners include: Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council, Careers Wales , Job Centre Plus, Youth Service, Pupil Referral Units and third sector partners.

Programmes include:

  • Partnership for Young Parents – (young mums)
  • MAC on Track – (creative media)
  • Ministry of Life – (music technology)

For more information email: connect@cavc.ac.uk