Cardiff and Vale College students boost their enterprise and employability skills at Cardiff City Stadium
A group of 200 Pathways to Apprenticeships students from Cardiff and Vale College revealed their inner entrepreneur to major employers from across the Capital Region at an employability and enterprise event programme at Cardiff City Stadium.
Nearly half of the employers who took part have shown interest in taking CAVC students on work placements, with more expected to follow suit. More than 15% of the students who took part impressed the employers so much they were instantly offered various experiences within their national and multinational businesses.
‘Get Aware’, a special programme delivered by social enterprise education specialist Working Knowledge, has been designed to improve students’ ability to sell themselves and their employability skills. The range of employers involved included Cardiff City FC, British Airways, Nat West Bank and Cardiff Airport.
The students, from PTA Built Environment, Computing and IT, Engineering and Environment, Transport, Sport and Hospitality, Travel, Tourism and Aerospace Engineering courses, worked in teams to create innovative new products and services. They then had to develop a business plan and present it to a panel of business volunteers for a chance to be talent spotted as “outstanding individuals” in the eyes of local employers.
Enda Barron, Head of Performance Analysis and Technical Recruitment at CCFC, said: “It has been a great experience – getting out in to the community and helping young people.”
Cardiff Airport Operations Director Deb Barber added: “A thoroughly satisfying day. It always inspires me to see young people taking the opportunity to develop in life. I was really pleased to have had the opportunity to take part.”
The event was also popular with students. Eighteen-year-old PTA Sport student Zachary Arain from Dinas Powys said: “Today has been amazing. The business volunteers just told me to go for it – be confident, plan your journey and don’t give up!”
“Everybody involved felt that it was an extremely encouraging event,” CAVC Senior Entrepreneurship Development Officer Tania Davies said. “It has given our students their first taste of the commercial world – the next step for them will be work placements, apprenticeships and jobs where they can experience the realities of the world in the workplace.”
Cardiff and Vale College partnered with Working Knowledge to deliver Get Aware and engage Cardiff-based employers as part of its role as the only Welsh college in the Gazelle Group of entrepreneurial further education (FE) institutions.
The Gazelle Colleges Group aims to transform FE by developing new learning models focused on providing students with commercial, entrepreneurial learning opportunities. The colleges sit at the heart of their local entrepreneurial ecosystems, breaking down the barriers between business and education by developing innovative partnerships with local employers and community stakeholders, to equip students with the skills, capabilities and confidence to make or take a job.