CAVC joins influential 157 Group

26 January 2016

Cardiff and Vale College joins influential 157 Group

Cardiff and Vale College has become the newest recruit to the 157 Group – an innovative and influential group of 27 leading colleges from across the UK.

CAVC is the first college to become a new member since the 157 Group’s strategic review. The Group now has 27 member colleges, only two of which are in Wales with the other being Coleg Cambria. It includes seven colleges across three of the four capitals of the home nations.

The 157 Group takes a leading role in shaping future skills needs to ensure the long-term growth and capacity of the UK economy. The group and its member colleges work together to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders; develop partnerships with employers; and co-ordinate and deliver high-quality and relevant professional and technical skills. It also works to deliver learning environments that ensure students are ready for work when they leave college and provide transformative leadership in the education sector.

Ian Pretty, Chief Executive of the 157 Group said: “We are pleased to welcome Cardiff and Vale College as the newest member of the 157 Group. The 157 Group is a growing, vibrant organisation and we are ready to help deliver what government and employers need from the sector.

“I am delighted that we are getting a dynamic, entrepreneurial college like Cardiff and Vale College as a new member and I look forward to working with them.”

Cardiff and Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “I am delighted that Cardiff and Vale College is to become the latest further education establishment to join the 157 Group and that our commitment to being employer-facing and ensuring our learners are appropriately skilled and ready for work has been recognised by such a hugely influential UK body.

“The 157 Group is a forward thinking organisation whose priorities are closely aligned with our own. I have no doubt that working with the 157 Group and other member colleges will support us in shaping future skills to ensure the long-term capacity of the Welsh and UK economy.

“Cardiff and Vale College is excited about the prospect of contributing the vital work of the 157 Group – working with a wide range of stakeholders in the development of sustainable skills not just in Wales but across the sector, and bringing examples of good practice back to our colleagues at other colleges across Wales and at Colegau Cymru to help influence and shape Welsh policy.”

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