CAVC wins enterprise in education award

16 September 2015

Cardiff and Vale College wins enterprise in education award

Cardiff and Vale College has won a prestigious National Enterprise Educators Award for its work to develop entrepreneurial skills.

The College was part of a team that scooped the prize for Further Education Enterprise Champions for the Trading Places project. The awards, organised by NCEE and and Enterprise Educators UK, celebrate and recognise organisations that have shown exceptional and inspirational commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship.

CAVC worked on the Trading Places initiative in collaboration with South East FE Hub, First Campus, the College Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend College, Coleg y Cymoed, Coleg Gwent, St David’s RC College and the University of South Wales.

Trading Places is an annual enterprise project where teams of students from the six colleges create and run a pop-up shop in Cardiff for three days. Working with Higher Education and the public and private sectors, the judges were impressed with the way that Trading Places uses a multi-platform approach to help participants make informed choices about their futures.

The initiative was praised for bringing Higher Education, Further Education business together to combine studying in a HE environment, setting up a business and developing skills that employers want.

CAVC Enterprise Officer Sean Hoare said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to win this award. Trading places provides a great opportunity for our students to gain hands-on experience in real-life business situations and the award recognises all of the hard work myself and my colleagues within the Hub and First Campus have put in to making it such a success.”