Awards

We are proud to have been awarded with and shortlisted for numerous national awards for our work, and that of our brilliant staff and learners.

2020/2021

College Awards

  • CAVC was crowned the best in the UK in the Support for Learners category at the TES FE Awards 2021

  • CAVC moved up from 12 to 2 in the National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces Index at the Centre’s 2021 Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE) Awards. It also won FE College of the Year

  • CAVC achieved re-accreditation for its Leaders in Diversity status

  • The College was also re-accredited for the Matrix Quality Standard Award for whole college provision

  • CAVC was awarded the National Cyber Security Centre's Gold CyberFirst School Award

  • ILS Lecturer Chantelle Deek was Highly Commended in the WorldSkills Diversity and Inclusion Awards, in the Competition Diversity Category


Student Awards

  • Electrotechnical Installation apprentice Kaiden Ashun won the UK-wide Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2021 competition

  • BBC/CAVC Junior Journalist Jack Grey was commended in the Top Scoop category of the National Council for the Training of Journalists Excellence Awards 2020

  • Shaun-Junior Bishop was a runner up and commended in the Keith Fletcher Memorial Access to HE Awards in the Outstanding Commitment to Learning category

2019/2020

College Awards

  • CAVC becomes one of the first colleges to work with the WorldSkills UK Centre of Excellence
  • At the first-ever Wales Creative and Cultural Skills Awards, Film and Media Lecturer Cristina Raad was joint winner in the Wales Creative Tutor of the year category
  • CAVC moved from 15th to 12th in the National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 Index, and the College won the Centre’s award for its commitment to fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement (FREDIE)
  • The College was commended for its work on engaging with employers at the prestigious UK-wide Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards. The Beacon Awards judges also commended CAVC for the ‘real, not realistic’ learning experience it provides

Student Awards

  • Aero student Kierran James suffered a horrific fall whilst serving in Kenya which put his Army career on hold but in 2020 he won an Inspire! Award for learning against the odds
  • A Level Art student Jacob David had his work featured in an online Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for young artists
  • CAVC Football Academy Captain Jack Pascoe signed a full scholarship with Casper College in the US
  • Students from the Cardiff and Vale College Group won more medals in Skills Competition Wales than any other Welsh College
  • Auto learner Naim Ahmed won Full-time Student of the Year and a £2,000 bursary at the UK-wide Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Annual Awards
  • The CAVC Rugby Academy’s first Captain, Ben Thomas, signed a senior contract with the Cardiff Blues and a further four Rugby Academy players were signed up on U18 contracts
  • Hospitality student Ieuan Jones jetted out to India for the International Young Chef Olympiad and won the medal for Best Dessert Creation
  • At the first-ever Wales Creative and Cultural Skills Awards, CAVC Foundation Degree in Film learner Megan O’Brien won Wales Creative Student of the Year
  • Cardiff and Vale College and Glamorgan CC’s Education and Cricket Academy entered the Welsh Colleges Cricket 24s competition for the first time and won
  • Electrical Installation learner Kaiden Ashun won the Welsh heats of the SPARKS Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition
  • Auto student Will Davies was crowned Ford Panel Apprentice of the Year
  • Seven students went to the WorldSkills UK Finals and they came back either highly commended or with a medal – Morgan McNeil won silver and Scott Roberts won bronze in the Network Systems Administrator competition
  • CAVC Netball Academy students were selected to play for Wales, Superleague team Celtic Dragons and Cardiff and Vale County
  • Cultural Heritage Apprentice Esta Lewis won the Tomorrow’s Talent Award at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

2018/2019

College Awards

  • CAVC became the first Microsoft Showcase College in Wales
  • Cardiff and Vale College was awarded the Matrix Quality Standard Award for whole college provision – a first for Further Education colleges in Wales
  • The College was ranked 15th in the National Centre for Diversity’s UK Top 100 Index 2018, moving up for its position as 23rd in the previous year
  • CAVC Head of Netball, Kyra Jones, was selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games
  • The College was presented with a UK-wide Beacon Award for its pioneering Junior Apprenticeship programme which offers more vocational career routes to 14 to 16-year-olds at a special event in the Senedd
  • Cardiff and Vale College was awarded silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating our commitment to high performance through good people management
  • Tracy Bird, Cardiff and Vale College’s Career Ready Manager, was chosen by Career Ready as the Santander Employability Champion 2018 for Wales, the West and Midlands
  • The College achieved the Careers Wales Mark, an award designed to recognise a commitment to continuous quality improvement in educational institutions to meet the Welsh Government’s requirements set out in the Careers and World of Work: a framework for 11 to 19-year-olds

Student Awards

  • There were more CAVC students in the WorldSkills UK finals than any other Welsh college
  • Miri Hughes and Nikolett Kovacs came first and second in the Cowbridge Art Group Annual Student Awards
  • Electrical Installation apprentice Tom Lewis competed in the EuroSkills finals in Budapest – and was also selected as part of Team UK for the WorldSkills International Finals in Russia! Recent Cyber Security graduate Kyle Woodward was also selected for Russia
  • Learners won 4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals in the Skills Competition Wales Finals
  • Charlotte Ward was named Ford Apprentice of the Year for Body Repair and Paint
  • CAVC Netball Academy players were selected for Wales, Cardiff and Vale County and selected to compete in Welsh Colleges Sport Netball
  • Hospitality student Jasmine Jones flew out to India to compete in the International Young Chef Olympiad
  • Level 3 Bakery student Bethan Greenslade won gold in the Skills Competition Wales Advanced Patisserie and Confectionery finals and also won silver in the Welsh International Culinary Championships
  • A team of ten Foundation Degree in Film learners came third in the National Association for Managers of Student Services’ annual Film Competition
  • Whitney Phillips won the BTEC Award for Child and Social Care Student of the Year in recognition of their achievement in their subject

2017/ 2018

College Awards

  • AoC Beacon Award for Transition to Post 16 Education for CAVC's Junior Apprenticeship Programme
  • AoC Beacon Award for Effective Delivery of Apprenticeships
  • The College retained its Gold Standard from People 1st and become a Centre of Excellence for Food and Beverage Service and Patisserie and Confectionary
  • Ranked 15th in the National Centre for Diversity's Top 100 Index
  • The Department of ESOL, ABE and Learndirect was awarded a Project Learning Together Award for its work with BT
  • Accounting Lecturer Mike Webster won the Life-time Achievement Award from AAT
  • Creative Lecturer Kat Keeble-Buckle won an Inspire! Tutor Award
  • Public Services Lecturer Tom Jones won VQ Trainer of the Year for the way he champions experimental learning
  • Career Ready Manager Tracy Bird was named Career Ready  Employability Champion of the Year for Wales, the West and Midlands
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach James Martin won the World Powerlifting Championships in the under 90kg category

Student Awards

  • Electrical Installation Apprentice Tom Lewis represented Team UK at Euroskills in Budapest
  • Tom and his twin brother Connor, also an Electrical Installation Apprentice, will travel to Russia for the WorldSkills Finals in 2019
  • In 2018, CAVC sent more learners to the WorldSkills UK Finals than any other Welsh College. James Ackland won silver in Wall and Floor Tiling and Henry Deane and Matuesz Kolacki won bronze in Automotive Refinishing and Cyber Security respectively
  • Amy Hoskins (2017), Alex James (2018) and Jasmine Jones (2019) travelled or - in Jasmine's case will travel - to India to represent Wales in the International Young Chef Olympiad
  • Anthony Cox won gold in Inclusive Skills Personal Trainer contest at the ALN WorldSkills competition
  • Henry Deane won gold in Skills Competition Wales Auto Body and Paint finals while fellow student Oscar Green won silver
  • Hannah Needs won gold in Skills Competition Wales Visual Merchandising
  • James Ackland won bronze for Wall and Floor Tiling in the 2017 WorldSkills UK Finals
  • Camilla Dima won gold in Skills Competition Wales Advanced Face and Beauty Finals - Soraia Sequira Gomes Rabaol won silver
  • Sharna Byrne, Dasiy Dimond and Makenzi Webber won silver in an Inclusive Skills Wales Media competition
  • Dion Mullins won silver in Skills Competition Wales Hairdressing
  • Project SEARCH intern Jade Smith - one of a cohort of interns with Additional Learning Needs that the College places with Cardiff University - was employed full-time by the University
  • Level 3 Health and Social Care learner Whitney Phillips won BTEC Learner of the Year in the Children, Health and Social Care Category
  • Caroline Turner and Annette Howell won BTEC Learner of the Year
  • Level 3 IT student Ellie Perkins is set to represent Wales in the Microsoft Specialist Four Nations Championships
  • Foundation Degree in Film students came third in the NAMSS Film Competition 2018
  • Level 2 Bricklaying student Sam Ashdown came second in a competition organised by Persimmon Homes and was interviewed for an apprenticeship
  • Four learners won CILEx Student of the Year Awards
  • Mateusz Kolacki won gold in WorldSkills Cyber Security regional finals, while Kyle Woodward won silver. It was the first time CAVC entered the competition
  • Morgan Whithear and Tomek Pawelek won gold and silver respectively in WorldSkills IT Technician
  • Fatoumata Makalo won bronze in WorldSkills IT Software Solutions for Business

 
Shortlisted/nominated

  • Three TES Awards - Effective Use of TEL, Vocational Teaching and Learning and Leader of the Year
  • CIPD Course Leader Nick Carter was shortlisted in the Best HR Professional - Public/3rd Sector category at the CIPD Awards
  • Shortlisted for AoC Beacon Award for Wellbeing
  • Public Services Lecturer Tom Jones shortlisted for TES FE Teacher of the Year
  • Angela Carreira was shortlisted for CIPD Wales Award
  • A Level student Michael Bonney was shortlisted for a UK-wide British Education Award



2016

College Awards

  • Welsh Further Education Provider of the Year - National Centre for Diversity
  • College of the Year - Wales Insider Business and Education Partnership Awards
  • Economic Impact - Wales Insider Business and Education Partnership Awards
  • Design Through Innovation - RICS
  • Funded Training Provider of the Year - Contact Centre Supplier Awards
  • Welsh Architecture Award for the City Centre Campus - Royal Society of Architects in Wales

Student Awards

  • Nadia Hadjali, UK Hairdressing Student of the Year - Hairdressing Council
  • Lauretta Hughes, Agored Cymru Access to Higher Education Student of the Year
  • Danielle Halford, Sir Winfried Bischoff UK Career Ready Student of the Year

Shortlisted/nominated

  • AoC Beacon Award - Practical Teaching and Practical Learning
  • James Donaldson, FE Employee of the Year - National Centre for Diversity
  • FE College of the Year - TES Further Education Awards
  • Wales Insider Business and Partnership Awards - New Process, People Development, and the Partnership Award
  • Best Advertising Campaign - Wales/Cymru Marketing Awards
  • Training Provider of the Year - Creative and Cultural Skills Awards
diverse
matrix
beacon logo
iip