Helping NHS heroes - Cardiff and Vale College student Amy is making PPE

29 May 2020

Amy Bradbury, an A Level and Netball Academy student at Cardiff and Vale College, has been working hard during the Coronavirus crisis making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS staff.

After spotting an advert on a job search website Amy is now working full-time for PMP Recruitment, making NHS visors at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant.

“I was looking for an opportunity to help the community during this challenging time,” Amy, who is 18 and from Porthcawl, explained.

Amy works from Monday to Friday, alternating between day, afternoon and night shifts, making visors or doing quality assessment. “It is a very versatile role and I am enjoying it very much,” she added.

Her mum and sister are also at the Royal Mint making visors, but they are on a different shift. Amy said that she has enjoyed sharing the experience with them.

 “It is a great chance for me to develop my skills as well as experience a full-time job to help my development in the future,” Amy said. “The Royal Mint is a brilliant environment to work in and I have made some great friends.”

While studying her A Levels at Cardiff and Vale College, Amy also played with the College’s Netball Academy. The Netball Academy is part of the College’s growing range of Sport Academies. Designed to provide a supportive and specialist environment that combines first-class coaching and sports facilities with CAVC’s expanding portfolio of courses, Netball Academy students can study A Levels or vocational courses while training to be the netball stars of the future.

“I definitely feel the netball academy, along with my A-levels have taught me skills I have transferred into this role,” Amy said. “Having to adapt to changes and use organisational skills and logical thinking has prepared me to tackle challenges I may face in work.”

After two years at CAVC, Amy is now progressing on to study Sport and Exercise Science at Hertfordshire University.

“I am really excited to go to university as it will be another great opportunity for me,” Amy said. “The course content and adaption to college life has certainly helped me to get into university.

“I owe a big thanks to my teachers and coaches for helping me get through the last two years as it was a big step from secondary school and travelling away from home.”