Job search students at Cardiff and Vale College get a powerful bursary boost
Cardiff and Vale College has launched a new initiative where businesses can provide Corporate Social Responsibility funding to help support students and help them boost their employability skills.
Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution business serving South Wales, has recently joined a pilot scheme designed to help students who face financial barriers and who might have difficulty covering travel costs to work placements, or finding the cash to buy appropriate work attire.
WPD is one of the first businesses to pledge its support, and funding has been used to cover travel costs for engineering students seeking out job opportunities.
Tania Davies, the college’s Head of Recruitment, Progression and Entrepreneurship explained: “We recognised over the last few years that learners often spoke of a lack of funding when it came to equipment, clothing or travel costs for work placements.
“Our Curriculum and Commercial departments are working closely to identify employers and secure their participation, and we are very grateful to WPD for its support which will benefit students, employers and the community. Ensuring students have real employability skills when they leave college is beneficial to everyone.”
WPD’s Corporate Communication Manager, Paul Bishop said: “We believe it is the responsibility of large organisations like ours to play a full and active role in the communities they serve.
“As an engineering business employing over 6,000 people across the Midlands, South Wales and the South West, we believe that initiatives like this are essential in helping the youngsters of today to become the skilled workers of tomorrow. “