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22 November 2012

Cardiff and Vale College named as first founder college for the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural in Wales

Cardiff and Vale College has been named by Creative & Cultural Skills as its first Founder College in Wales in a new network designed to boost the artistic industries.

The announcement was made as sector skills council Creative & Cultural Skills launched the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural in Wales. The Academy has been established to help develop the Welsh creative and cultural workforce through careers advice for young people, apprenticeships and industry specific training.

Simon Bracken, CAVC Head of Faculty for Creative, Cultural and Foundation Studies said: “CAVC are delighted to be the first Founder College for the NSA in Wales. The Skills Academy will play a vital role in ensuring that best practice is shared across Wales, and that qualifications and training meet the needs of the Industry. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of this, and we are committed to developing the Skills Academy for all learners and providers within Wales.”

The Academy is a growing network of employers and training providers. A programme of career events, apprenticeships and training is being developed in order to boost the career opportunities of people looking for employment in the creative industries and provide support for the employers themselves.

Sarah Gates, Wales Manager of Creative & Cultural Skills, said: “We are delighted that Cardiff and Vale College applied to be our first Welsh Founder College in the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural. There are many ways that we can work together in future, including through apprenticeships and events. 

“The college are already engaging actively with us to work on Pathways to Apprenticeships, with our new industry advisory committee and also on our new developments. This is an exciting partnership, and we look forward to seeing the results of our collaboration in coming months.”

The Department of Creative and Cultural Studies at Cardiff and Vale College offers a wide spectrum of courses including Performing Arts, Music & Media Technology, Media, Film and TV Studies, Photography, Interactive Media, Graphics, 3D Design, Art & Design, Fashion and Theatrical Make-up. Head of Department Myra Thomas will play a key role in the development of the Academy.

The College is also an official sponsor of the BAFTA Cymru awards and works with a range of high profile industry specialists such as BBC Wales, Craft in the Bay, Theatre of the Oppressed, Sherman Theatre, the National Museum of Wales and Chapter Arts Centre.