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3 February 2012

Cardiff and Vale College raises the temperature as seven students win awards at the Wales Training Group HVCAR Awards

Seven Cardiff and Vale College students won awards at the HVCA / BEST 2011 Wales Training Group HVCAR Awards, or Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association Regional Awards, held in the Wales Millennium Centre on 30th January 2012.

The Wales Training Group’s HVCAR Awards have been running for over ten years and are organised jointly by the HVCA (Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association) and BEST (Building Engineering Services Training).

There were eight categories with seventeen nominees, fifteen of which attend or have attended Cardiff and Vale College. Seven of these nominees walked away with a winning title on the evening and are already in employment but are gaining or have gained their qualifications at Cardiff and Vale College (some of them via Cardiff and Vale Apprenticeships (CAVA) the College’s business services division).

The award winners were:

1st year Heating &Ventilation Industrial Commercial Apprentice:                

Adam Jury of Lorne Stewart Plc

2nd year Heating & Ventilation Industrial Commercial Apprentice:                

Chris Carmody of Whitehead Building Services Ltd    

4th year Heating & Ventilation Industrial Commercial Apprentice:                 

Curtis Annan of CMB Engineering Ltd and Garry Jones of F P Hurley & Sons Ltd

Domestic Heating/Plumbing:                               

Samuel Deakins of Enterprise Heating Services

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning:                      

Ben Smith of JCW/Four Seasons 

Adult Learner:                                                         

Michael Burke of S C Moore Ltd  

Bradley Tanner, Head of Technology and Environmental Sustainability at Cardiff and Vale College, said: “It’s great to see many of the College’s apprentices being congratulated and rewarded at these prestigious awards, especially at the brink of Apprenticeship Week. Fifteen out of the seventeen nominations were former or current students of the College which I believe to be testament to the way in which the College works closely with employers. The dedication and hard work exhibited by all the nominees and award winners has been rightly recognised by their industry at an event they will hopefully cherish on their way to a rewarding career.”

23 year old Adam Jury was all set for university after achieving A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Physical Education but on the day Adam was due to enrol for his Sport and Exercise Science Degree at Cardiff Metropolitan, he decided that he was making the wrong decision. He then went to work in one of the UK’s leading sport retailers and eventually decided that he wanted to do an apprenticeship, where he could work and train at the same time. Adam said: “I really enjoy being an apprentice and I feel proud that my hard work has paid off. It’s nice to get praise for my work.”  

Adam of Lorne Stewart Plc is currently studying on the Heating and Ventilation Industrial and Commercial Level 2 course at Cardiff and Vale College. Although he found it difficult to adjust back into education, he believes it has been a worthwhile decision. Cyril Locke, Regional Director of Lorne Stewart Plc, said: “We are very excited that Adam has won this award. He has a tremendous report from college and he tends to like authority. The future is bright for this young lad with lots of opportunities on the horizon.”

After winning the 1st year Heating and Ventilation Industrial and Commercial award in 2010, 19 year old Chris Carmody from Llanrumney has continued his award winning success this year by being awarded with the 2nd year Heating and Ventilation Industrial and Commercial Apprentice award. Chris is also the brother of a previous HVCA winner. 

Chris, who works as an apprentice for Whitehead Building Services and is currently on the Heating and Ventilation Industrial and Commercial Level 3 course on block release basis at the College, said: “Winning an award means a lot that people recognise my efforts and I am not just another number. Winning two consecutive awards shows that I am enjoying the training and progressing well. I would like to thank the College for nominating me and to Whitehead Building Services Ltd for their continued support.”

Dr Mark Brenner, Chief Executive of BEST congratulated the winners on their awards. He said: “BEST have a long established and valued relationship with Cardiff and Vale College and indeed as a consortium partner. The quality of training as a partnership between the College, BEST and employers is testified by the number of winners at the awards. This follows on from previous years and awards ceremonies and bodes well for similar success and events to come.”

Cardiff and Vale College offers Construction Technologies courses on block release, day release and short study basis including Industrial & Commercial Heating and Ventilating, Domestic Heating & Ventilating, Electrical Installation, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Brickwork, Carpentry and Short courses in Electrics.

If you are an employer and would like more information on courses for apprentices, contact Cardiff and Vale Apprenticeships (CAVA) on apprenticeships@cavc.ac.uk. For information on Cardiff and Vale College courses visit www.cardiffandvalecollege.uk or call the College’s advice shop on 030 30 30 10 10.


23 year old Adam Jury receiving his award from Jeff 
Cuthbert, AM, Deputy Minister for Skills (left) and his
employer, Cyril Locke, Regional Director of Lorne
Stewart PLC (Right