(l-r) David Phillips Vice President of award sponsor Pearson Work Based Learning and Colleges; Caroline Read; Awards Presenter Nia Parry, CAVC Principal Mike James

CAVC's Caroline is Learner of the Year

22 May 2015

Cardiff and Vale College's Caroline is Learner of the Year

Former Cardiff and Vale College student Caroline Read has been named Learner of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony for Further Education students.

Caroline beat off competition from colleges all over Wales to win the Colegau Cymru Award at its annual conference in Llandudno. Colegau Cymru is the umbrella body for FE institutions in Wales.

Several years after leaving education with hardly any qualifications, Caroline came to CAVC after a counsellor suggested a return to education could combat her depression. Caroline immediately settled into College life and even ended up doing her GCSEs in the same room as her daughter.

Caroline progressed on to an Access to Nursing course and, having won the College’s Access Learner of the Year and becoming a joint winner of Agored’s Access Learner of the Year Award in 2014, she is now studying Nursing at Cardiff University.

Cardiff and Vale College also made it in the top three on the shortlist for Coleagu Cymru’s Innovation in Further Education Award and the top three for the award for Promoting Social Justice and Equality. Such recognition reflects the emphasis that the College puts on embedding entrepreneurship and an enterprising mindset in a curriculum that is aimed at widening participation in FE to all.

The College’s Head of Preparation for Work and Life, June Jenkins, also received a special award for being the highest achiever on her MA Leadership and Management course.

CAVC Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “I am delighted that Cardiff and Vale College made it to the shortlist for three of these extremely sought-after Colegau Cymru Awards. Moreover, I am especially delighted to be able to congratulate Caroline and June for their extremely well-deserved awards.”