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15 January 2014

CAVC and Mind in the Vale celebrate student success

Cardiff and Vale College and Mind in the Vale have held a ceremony to congratulate students that successfully qualified on courses arranged in partnership between the College and the charity.

Held at Barry Library and hosted by Vale AM Jane Hutt, the ceremony saw the presentation of certificates to Mind volunteers from across the Vale. Several people could not attend the event as they have found employment since successfully completing their courses.

Barney Sanders, Mind in the Vale Project Worker, said: “This is a celebration of our volunteers and a celebration of partnership working. I don’t think any of this could have happened without the hard work and commitment of Cardiff and Vale College. People have gone into full time employment and one is studying to be a nurse. This has been an integral part of these people’s recovery.”

People who have found jobs since taking their course include Jodie Seamer who volunteered for Western Vale Mind and is now working in Waitrose since taking an NVQ.

Another success story is Royston Scott who has progressed from a QCF course and is now at Swansea University studying to be a community psychiatric nurse. Their achievements are the result of just one part of the College’s community work, where expert CAVC staff travel across the region taking support and training out to people who might not be able to come to a College site.

Jane Hutt offered her congratulations to all of the graduates. “It’s a huge achievement which could not be delivered without this partnership,” she said. “We are so fortunate to have a college here in Barry in Cardiff and Vale College and such dedicated staff – they are looking out for your interests and it is so important that we continue this partnership working and keep supporting you in every way that we can.”

CAVC Vice Principal for Curriculum Kay Martin said: “I always feel privileged to be here with Jane to present these certificates. This is why I come in to work in the mornings. Events like these are very important to us. I would also like to thank the CAVC staff for their work. They go to where they are needed and that is something that I think the College does very well.”

*This press release was amended on 27/01/14. The original story stated that Jimmy Kelsey was in full time employment. We now understand that this is not the case.