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7 May 2013

Graduation event celebrates apprentices’ successes

A graduation event has celebrated the success of Creative Apprentices at Cardiff and Vale College.

Eight apprentices studying Live Events and Cultural Venue Operations have recently completed their training, of which six are now in employment. Apprentices have gone on to positions at the Cardiff Story Museum, National Museums Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, Genero Productions and Chapter Arts.

 “I would advise anyone who is committed to going further in their career to consider an apprenticeship,” Scott Treeby, one of the graduates, said.

Scott, 24 and from Mountain Ash, had tried a number of jobs including working as part of the entertainment team at Haven Holidays before starting his Live Events Apprenticeship at Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council.

During his apprenticeship, Scott worked on a range of events including food festivals, charity fundraisers and music events. He helped coordinate marketing and also managed casual staff and volunteers.

Gemma Martin, another successful apprentice, worked at Chapter Arts supporting the marketing and front of house teams. Gemma, who is 25 and lives in Tremorfa, enjoyed the opportunity to network and learn new skills in a professional environment. Gemma is now employed at a Casual Box Office Assistant at Chapter.

Gemma said: “I enjoyed learning about different areas of the business, in particular how events and exhibitions are organised.”

Owain Parry and Hari Howell completed their apprenticeships at the Cardiff Story Museum.

Hari said: “I’ve enjoyed a fantastic chance to gain experience in the day-to-day running of a museum, and become comfortable working behind the scenes.  This course has enabled me to broaden my knowledge base and make valuable connections with colleagues.”

Mike James, Principal and Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale College, said: “CAVC is delighted to be able to support these students and celebrate their success. As the first founder college for the National Skills Academy in Wales, the College works closely with Creative and Cultural Skills to ensure that training and qualifications meet both the needs of the industry and the aspirations of students.”