Cardiff and Vale College announces £40m new building
Cardiff and Vale College has now received the green light to build a brand new site in Cardiff that will help it deliver the highest quality education and training for everyone in the Capital Region.
The Welsh Government has approved proposals for a £40m new CAVC site, and it will cover half of the costs at £20m. Work is set to begin in 2013-14. A number of sites for the new building are under consideration but no final decision on location has been made.
CAVC is grateful to the Welsh Government for its recognition that the College needs to expand to provide the best possible opportunities for people in the region that it covers. The College remains firmly committed to providing education and training across the Capital Region.
While the new building will see some courses transferred to it, the College sees itself at the heart of the Cardiff and Vale communities and will continue to be based in and work across both Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, meeting the needs of learners and employers across the Capital Region.
The new building will be a state-of-the-art facility that will only add to the College’s already extensive portfolio of education and training. Alongside the recently announced new construction and engineering site, Dumballs Road 2, it offers another example of CAVC’s pledge to be a premier College that transforms lives by unlocking potential and developing skills both nationally and internationally.
Mike James, CAVC Principal and Chief Executive said: “The commitment for this brand new site highlights the positive effects of devolution on the Welsh Education sector and the Welsh Government’s Transformation Agenda in particular.
“Building a modern purpose-built campus for our learners demonstrates Cardiff and Vale College’s ambition to be sector leading; sector leading in providing the right skills for tens of thousands of learners in the region, sector leading in boosting the employability of our students and in providing progression opportunities onto higher level courses, into the world of work, or onto University. Having a first class environment to match the aspirations of our staff, our students and our employer and education partners, for this decade and many to come, brings huge opportunities for us all.”
Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert said:
“This is an exciting time for Cardiff and Vale College as they look to expand their presence in the capital.
“The funding that we have approved, in principle, for the project marks the first stage in the development of a long-term investment plan for the Further Education sector, which is aligned to our 21st Century Schools Capital Investment Programme.
“I now look forward to working with the College on the details of their proposals.”
CAVC will now begin the process of assessing the potential sites identified for the new building, and examining which courses will be transferred to it. Some existing College sites may eventually close as a result when courses are transferred, but there will be no disruption to existing students and the College remains committed to ensuring students complete their courses. When considering potential new sites, good transport links will be one of the main considerations to cater for students travelling from across the region.