CAVC hosts international skills seminar

16 January 2015

Cardiff and Vale College hosts international skills seminar

Cardiff and Vale College has hosted politicians and policy makers from as far afield as Yemen and Ethiopia to showcase the Welsh skills sector.

The College was the venue for the first international skills seminar to be held in Wales. Organised by the British Council, the Welsh seminar was one of a series held in the UK’s four home nation capitals. Delegates included the Ethiopian State Minister for Education and Egyptian Deputy Minister for Vocational Education.

As well as hosting the event, the College also gave delegates a tour of its internationally-renowned International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT), based at Cardiff Airport.

The seminar included presentations by Welsh education and business experts. Julie James, Welsh Government Deputy Minister Julie James addressed the conference, explaining to delegates the Welsh Government’s role in supporting technical and vocational education (TVET) in Wales.

Colegau Cymru Chief Executive Greg Walker talked about the Welsh Further Education System and Sarah Hopkins of Wales and West Utilities gave the employers’ view. Rhys Williams and Louise Burnell from GE Aviation Wales talked about the role of apprenticeships in Welsh business.

Mary Kent, CAVC Vice Principal for Commercial Business Development, spoke of the importance of building links between learning providers and employers.

The Deputy Minister told delegates: “One of the biggest challenges we face as a Welsh Government is ensuring that Wales’ young people have the right skills to ensure that they can maximise their employment prospects.

“Given the current economic conditions, we cannot continue to be the primary source of funding for skills training. As we have indicated in our new Skills Strategy, we have to share this responsibility between the Welsh Government, employers and individuals.

“There are over 400,000 young people in Wales and I want every one of them to have the support they need to progress through education and training into employment.”

Jenny Scott, Director of British Council Wales, said: “This is the first time the British Council has held one of its international skills conferences in Wales. It’s a chance to showcase the best of the Welsh skills sector and is a testament to the work being done in the sector by the Welsh Government, our further education colleges and Welsh business. We’re sure that the delegates will take many inspiring ideas from Wales back to their own countries.”

Mike James, Principal and Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale College, said: “We are absolutely honoured and delighted to host the first British Council international skills conference to be held in Wales. CAVC is committed to its international as it is a key growth area for the College and this conference represents a fantastic opportunity for the Welsh further education sector to demonstrate the unique learning opportunities and experiences we have to offer.”