CAVC progression event for ILS learners

24 March 2016

Cardiff and Vale College holds progression event for learners with additional needs

Cardiff and Vale College has held a special event for its Preparation for Work and Skills students, where learners and their families could explore further education or training options.

The Progression and Employment Fayre also gave the students the opportunity to engage with employers to help them think about their aspirations for the future. The College offers a range of Independent Living Skills and Foundation Studies courses specifically tailored for those with learning difficulties, disabilities or additional learning needs and students from across Cardiff and the Vale attended the event.

A range of organisations took part in the Progression and Employment event including Parent’s Federation, Social Services, Careers Wales, Shaw Trust, Mencap, The Prince’s Trust, Quest Supported Employment, Friendly Trust, Communities First, Vision 21, SEND Day Service, Rathbone and the Principality Building Society. The College’s Disability Support and Work Based Learning departments also took part in the event.

CAVC Head of Preparation for Work and Life Skills Tom Snelgrove said: “We want to showcase what is available for learners with Additional Learning Needs in Cardiff and the Vale – we in the College are merely a step in the right direction and not the end of the journey. This fayre showed parents and learners what can come next and they can now make choices about their future with a wider knowledge.”

One parent who attended, Jackie Bennett, said: “It’s been great to get an opportunity to visit the College and share Abbie’s experience. It’s lovely to see how independent she is at the College.”

Fiona Evans from Quest Supportive Management said: “The support and enthusiasm of both parents and students has made this event a pleasure to be a part of. It’s been the most successful so far this year and we hope to work closely with Cardiff and Vale College in the future.”

The fayre was supported by the College’s B#EPIC team, an initiative that equips students with the knowledge and skills to increase their employability through enterprise and enrichment opportunities to develop inventiveness, creativity and business and confidence.