BEPA College of the Year

16 November 2016

Cardiff and Vale College crowned College of the Year at prestigious business awards for second consecutive year

Cardiff and Vale College [CAVC] has been named ‘College of the Year’ for the second consecutive year at Wales Insider Business and Education Partnership Awards 2016.

The most shortlisted college, and just behind Cardiff University as the most nominated institution in the country, CAVC were up for five awards at the ceremony and proved victorious in not only the ‘College of the Year’ category but also the ‘Economic Impact’ award.

In their third year, the awards look to celebrate the collaborative and impactful partnerships between universities, colleges and business in Wales and CAVC was awarded the coveted title of ‘College of the Year’ for having made the greatest impact through its collaboration with business.

The College’s approach and work with employers has also received UK-wide recognition in the past year for its sector leading approach having been shortlisted as one of the top in the UK at this year’s TES (Times Educational Supplement) Awards for Employer Engagement and for the UK Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards for Work Based Learning.

Cardiff and Vale College engages with thousands of employers each year to offer bespoke training and development solutions that meet the needs of organisations and the sectors they work in as Mary Kent, Vice Principal of Cardiff and Vale College explains:

“To have been shortlisted for awards in such a diverse range of categories, and to have come away with two, demonstrates the scope of work that we’re doing with businesses. As a college we have developed meaningful partnerships with employers that support their change and growth through the development and upskilling of their workforces.

“We work with employers to tackle the skills gaps seen on a regional and national level across sectors to ensure that we collaboratively plan for the development of their future needs, ensuring they have a workforce and skilled and employable talent pipeline equipped and skilled to respond accordingly and to support the economy of the region.”

At the awards the College also won the ‘Economic Impact’ award for its new retail operation. This development has not only provided a new income stream for the college, generating income to reinvest in learning but also provided valuable work experience for a large number of learners including a dedicated link and work experience opportunity for students with learning difficulties to develop employability skills.

In addition, CAVC was also shortlisted in the New Process category for its innovative series of sector specific employer advisory panels; the People Development category for its award winning apprenticeship programme with Deloitte; and the Partnership category for its partnership with Principality Building Society benefitting students across the college.

Kay Martin, Deputy Principal of Cardiff and Vale College, said:

“Our work with employers sees us collaborate day in day out with some of Wales’ largest and most successful organisations. This work not only sees us support their development and meet their needs but work collaboratively to shape a curriculum that best supports our future talent, that supports the region’s skills needs and that provides meaningful opportunities for our learners to gain valuable experience and to become the most skilled and employable people.

“Being named as ‘College of the Year’ for the second time demonstrates our commitment to working to benefit individuals, employers and the overall economy of our region and is a fitting testament the hard work and commitment of staff right across the College.”