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22 November 2012

Cardiff and Vale College celebrates student success with its first Annual Awards Evening

Cardiff and Vale College has marked its first year providing education and training in the heart of the Capital region by celebrating the hard work and success of its learners with a glittering award evening.

The College took over the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay for the evening. Some 400 guests attended the event where 35 students, plus staff members and partner organisations were recognised for their efforts and contribution to College life.

The Awards Evening began with a drinks reception, before a three course meal and awards presentation on the WMC’s main stage. The awards ceremony was hosted by BBC Wales presenter Jason Mohammad, while College Hospitality & Catering and Travel & Tourism students assisted with front of house service.

Celebrating the achievements of the 2011-12 academic year [see full list of winners below]. The awards also illustrated the benefits of choosing a Further Education college such as CAVC – many of the students have progressed on to university courses, including Cambridge, the next level at College or within their careers.

Cardiff and Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: I offer my hearty congratulations to all of our award winners. It has been fantastic to celebrate all of their achievements.

“The Annual Awards are a great reminder of the impact learning has and the opportunities it can create. It also reminds me what a privilege it is to be working in our exciting new College.”

Winners included:

Principal’s Award winner: 28-year-old Charlotte Tazivazvino, an AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting Student from Cardiff. The award celebrates outstanding achievement and goes to the student who best reflects the College’s values. Charlotte was chosen because of her determination to gain an education and a better life for her family. Despite personal setbacks she completed her course with flying colours, was an inspiration to her peers, and has been accepted on to a BA (Hons) Accounting Degree at Cardiff Met.

Charlotte said: “I feel great to have won this award – I didn’t realise that I had won the Principal’s Award! My letter just let me know that I had won an award but now I know and it feels amazing!

“I came to Cardiff and Vale College to educate myself and to open doors of opportunity as well. I chose an AAT accountancy course because I have always wanted a career in accountancy and this course was perfect for me.

“My time at College has been a very nice time. I found it really pleasurable. I enjoyed meeting new friends and the tutors were all very helpful. I am now studying a BA (hons) Accounting Degree at Cardiff Met – I’ve always wanted to work in accounting.”

Apprentice of the Year winner: 19-year-old NVQ Level 2 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Apprentice Luke Gonzales, also from Cardiff. Luke was praised by his training co-ordinator for making excellent progress and demonstrated real commitment to his course. Luke won the first UK-wide semi final in the Skill Fridge competition and is progressing to the Level 3 qualification.

Luke said: “It’s very very good, winning this award. I’ve won this award and I’m very happy about it! There are 25,000 students, CAVC is one of the largest colleges in Wales, and out of all of those students I am here. I’m overwhelmed.

“I came to Cardiff and Vale College because it’s the only local college that does the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning course. It’s quite a specialised course and CAVC is the only college in Wales to offer the course which I specialise in.

“My time at College has been very good. The lecturers and all the training providers have been very supportive and helpful. I had a few problems and they were all supportive – they could not have

been any better.

“I’m a fully qualified engineer now and I want to go on and continue with the NVQ Level 3 and possibly go to university in future.”

Higher Education Learner: Brian Bosanko, 38 and from Cardiff. This Foundation Degree in Creative Industries – Film student worked at Forge Masters and as a doorman before coming to CAVC. He worked hard to meet the demands of Higher Education and grabbed every opportunity for work experience and has now progressed to a BA course at the University of Glamorgan.

Brian said: “I wasn’t expecting to win an award at all – I’ve never won anything before.

“I was inspired by my brother to come to Cardiff and Vale College – he’s a photographer. I needed to chase my dream and make something of my life. My brother gave me the impetus to do that. I wanted my son to have someone to look up to.

“My time in CAVC has been fantastic. It couldn’t be going better, to be honest. That’s all thanks to my tutors. I wouldn’t have been given half the opportunities I have had it wasn’t for my tutors. They’ve helped me find the right direction and helped me find work. I’ve just finished working on a feature film and that would not have happened without Cardiff and Vale College.”

Childcare Award winner: Bryony Allen, from Cardiff. The 20-year-old Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education learner chose a social care route as she believes she can use her own personal life experiences supporting people dealing with similar problems and issues. A hard working and extremely kind person, Bryony’s tutors were hugely impressed by her work ethic and by the fact that her own difficulties did not affect her studies but by overcoming them Bryony has emerged a stronger person.

“I’m nervous and I was quite surprised to win the award, actually. I’m excited as well. I wasn’t really expecting to get an award,” Bryony said.

“I’m in Cardiff University now. Cardiff and Vale College was my gateway into Higher Education. I’ve always been interested in Childcare so the course enabled me to study it at university.

“I loved my time at College – the tutors were amazing. I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. All the personal support they gave was amazing. I had a lot of personal background issues as well and they all really helped me. My tutors deserve this award, not me.

“After university I would like to work in mental health nursing and then become a ward manager. One day I would like to specialise in children’s mental health.”

Business and partner organisations were also recognised for their help and support of CAVC. Morrisons won the Private Sector Award for its unstinting offer of support and opportunities for even the most challenging students. The National Museum of Wales won the Public Sector Award for its commitment to the College’s Welsh in the Workplace scheme and A Davies Construction won the Small Business Award for being a valuable employer for 17 years, training 11 apprentices in that time.

All awards were sponsored by local and national organisations, with their representatives presenting the award to each winner. Cardiff Metropolitan University was the main sponsor of the awards.

Other organisations that came on board to celebrate the success of CAVC learners included Cardiff University, the University of Glamorgan, the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, the MIB Group, City & Guilds, Cardiff City Football Club, the WJEC, European Electronique, limegreentangerine, Bodyshop Solutions, Ellisons, Flying Start, Service Control Ltd, Counselling South Wales, Boilerplant Maintenance Glamorgan Ltd, Vision 21, Goldwell, BAFTA Cymru, Ian Williams, South Wales Police and Visit Cardiff.

Award Winners in full:







A Levels & GCSEs

Yannik Herbert, 21, Llanishen

Cardiff Met

Access Courses

Amran Ahmed, 22, Cardiff

Cardiff University


Kevin Gallimore, 49, Barry

Cardiff Met

Administration & Secretarial

Rebecca Broad, 32, Barry

European Electronique

Aircraft Engineering

Steven Stolzenburg, 26, Bridgend

Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan

Art, Design & Media

Bleddyn Lewis, 19, Llandough



Matthew Bailey, 18, Swansea

Bodyshop Solutions

Beauty & Complementary Therapies

Tracy Morgan, 36, Cardiff



Damien Trickey, 18, Barry

The MIB Group


Dee Garrett, 20, Cardiff

Cardiff and Vale College Commercial


Sarah Street, 28, Cardiff

Flying Start


Benjamin Willis, 21, Penarth

The MIB Group

Catering & Hospitality

Cieran Thomas, 20, Barry

City & Guilds


Bryony Allen, 20, Cardiff

Flying Start


Rebecca Morgan

Counselling South Wales


Mark Horwood, 51, Cogan

Service Control Ltd


Jordan O’Connell, 18, Barry

Boilerplant Maintenance Glamorgan Ltd


Rafal Skiba, 36, Cardiff

Cardiff and Vale College Commercial

Foundation Studies

Nicholas Latham, 22, Barry

Vision 21


 Nikita Jones, 19, Barry


IT & Computing

Andrew Mappledoram, 19, Barry

European Electronique

Music & Performing Arts

Jonathan Booth-Martin, 27, Cardiff


Painting & Decorating

Lorraine Olds, 45, Bridgend

Ian Williams


Richard Pimm, 20, Barry

Boilerplant Maintenance Glamorgan Ltd

Public Services

Rhys Taylor, 18, Rumney

South Wales Police


Gareth Holland, 22, Cardiff

University of Wales, Newport


Sunray Heap

 University of Wales, Newport

Travel & Tourism

Tom Wilde, 20, Cardiff

Visit Cardiff




Adult & Community Learner

Kambiz Baber, 29, Cardiff

University of Wales, Newport


Luke Gonzales, 19, Cardiff

Cardiff and Vale College Apprenticeships

Contribution to College Life

Abouzar Noghani, 31, Cardiff

Cardiff City Football Club

Contribution to College Life

Tariq Al-Azzani, 21, Cardiff

Cardiff City Football Club

Fast Forward

Farrah Mosely-Brown, 17, Barry


Higher Education Learner

Brian Bosanko, 38, Rumney

University of Glamorgan

International Learner

Frida Tveit, 18, Rumney via Norway

Cardiff Met

School Link Learner

Joseph Blackley, 18, Newport

Cardiff Bus

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pathways to Apprenticeships Carpentry Course


Welsh Learner

Helen Hicks, 48, Barry

Welsh for Adults

Workplace Learner

Leo Hacker, 17, Cardiff

Cardiff and Vale College Apprenticeships

Young Learner

Leighanne Kelly, 17, Cardiff

Cardiff Bus

Business & Partner Awards



Private Sector Award



Public Sector Award

National Museum Wales


Small Business Award

A Davies Construction


Principal’s Award

Charlotte Tazivazvino, 28, Cardiff