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2 May 2012

Cardiff and Vale College exemplify excellence in Quality Mark

Cardiff and Vale College has been invited to present and facilitate a workshop at the annual Buttle UK Quality Mark Best Practice Conference 2012 in London on Friday the 4th May.

Before the College’s merger with Barry College in August 2011, Coleg Glan Hafren was one of three Welsh Colleges involved in the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers pilot project for Further Education. The pilot study was carried out between October 2009 and March 2011 and was supported by the Welsh Government. The Quality Mark recognises the College’s excellent practice in working with agencies to address the needs of Care Leavers in the Cardiff area. 

Members of Buttle UK were particularly impressed by the Entry to Vocational Studies (EVS) Programme that the College developed in partnership with Cardiff City Council, Careers Wales and the Leaving Care Service in Cardiff. The EVS Programme, which won a prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Overcoming Deprivation last year, is unique in Cardiff and was designed by the College to inspire NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people and raise their aspirations and confidence levels so that they progress onto further study or employment.

As a result of the success of the programme, Denise Olander, Head of Social Engagement and Community Collaboration and Diane Hogg, Student Services Manager at Cardiff and Vale College have been invited to share their good practice in supporting Looked After Children and Care Leavers. Diane Hogg said: “We will be demonstrating to delegates from across the UK what we do to support Looked After Children and Care Leavers in the admissions process and on course.

In doing so, we hope to encourage our colleagues in FE Colleges throughout the UK to apply for the Quality Mark in order to ensure the best support and improve the educational outcomes for Looked After Children and Care Leavers in the UK. ”

Susan Mueller, Quality Mark Manager, Buttle UK, said: “During the pilot study Coleg Glan Hafren provided clear evidence of exemplary processes and practices to support Care Leavers in Further Education and were awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers in 2010. Since then the College has been a strong supporter of the Quality Mark for Care Leavers and an invaluable partner working with Buttle UK to improve the educational outcomes of young people in care and leaving care. 

“Colleagues from Coleg Glan Hafren now known as Cardiff and Vale College have been instrumental in sharing good practice across the Further Education sector in Wales. We are delighted that Diane Hogg and Denise Olander are presenting together with colleagues from Neath Port Talbot College at our UK wide best practice conference this year to share their experience of implementing the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers in their institution and to support new colleges in applying for the Quality Mark award.”