Cardiff and Vale College partner wins Apprentice Employer in Wales Award
The Cardiff Story Museum became the first apprentice employer in Wales to win a Creative Apprentice Employer of the Year Award last week, recognising the way it has embedded apprenticeships into the heart of the organisation.
The Museum works with Cardiff and Vale College in training its apprentices. CAVC Head of Faculty for Creative, Cultural and Foundation Studies Simon Bracken and Head of Creative and Culture Myra Thomas accepted the award at a ceremony in London which was part of the Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural’s Annual Conference in the run-up to National Apprenticeship Week.
Victoria Rogers, Museums officer, Cardiff Story Museum said: “Learning is at the heart of the Cardiff Story Museum and is integral to its every activity – not only for its community and visitors, but for all those who are involved with the organisation. We’ve learnt so much from our apprentices, Kate, Hari and Owain, as well as them learning from us – the Museum, and our visitors’ experience, is a better place for their hard work and enthusiasm, and it’s really lovely to have been given this award to reflect that.”
The Cardiff Story employed their first apprentice as part of the pilot of Creative Apprenticeships in Wales in 2010. Their first apprentice, Kate Evans, was involved in the opening of the museum and helped make their initial events and exhibitions a success. Upon completing her apprenticeship, Kate was employed by the Museum as Front of House Supervisor.
Kate Evans, Front of House Supervisor, Cardiff Story Museum, said: “Being part of the Cardiff Story on the cusp of its opening was a really great opportunity. I was given a lot of responsibility, but the support from the team and my mentor enabled me to carry out my task confidently and effectively. I didn’t have a lot of experience before joining, but to know that I had the support of those around me was very reassuring. I’ve developed so many skills, from line management to building and fire safety.”
In her new role as Front of House Supervisor, Kate took on the responsibility of line-managing the museum’s next cohort of apprentices. Two Front of House staff, Hari and Owain, took part in the
apprenticeship course taught by Cardiff and Vale College. The two apprentices found the experience immensely valuable for their career development.
Hari, Creative Apprentice, Cardiff Story Museum, said: “I have enjoyed a fantastic chance to gain experience in the day-to-day running of a museum and becoming comfortable working behind the scenes. This course has enabled me to broaden my knowledge base and make valuable connections with colleagues.”
Owain, Creative Apprentice, Cardiff Story Museum, said: “During my apprenticeship I was involved with a wide range of activities such as marketing, branding and events, each of which I found interesting and rewarding. The apprenticeship was invaluable and furthered my understanding of the museum sector. A thoroughly enjoyable experience with a host of indispensable lessons learnt.”
The apprentices’ achievements will be celebrated at a graduation event on 18th April at Cardiff and Vale College.
Pauline Tambling, joint CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills, Managing Director, National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural, says: “We are delighted to celebrate the achievement of the Cardiff Story Museum with this award. They’ve set a great example for the sector – apprentices should be considered an integral part within the structure of cultural organisations. Aside from the mutual benefits to the apprentice and the employer, this working practice is a real way forward towards an economically thriving creative and cultural sector which is accessible to all.”
Cllr Heather Joyce, Cardiff Council Leader, said: “Cardiff Council is pleased to be able to provide young people with the chance to learn essential skills in several environments, utilising the diverse services that the authority provides.
“This administration aims to make Cardiff a NEET free city and apprenticeships and work placement projects will give people access to recognised training and accredited qualifications so that they can improve their job prospects for the future.”