Cardiff and Vale College wins Skills and Education Group Award


College praised for providing a viable alternative to those at risk of becoming NEET

Cardiff and Vale College has won an AoC Beacon Award for their Junior Apprenticeship programme which helped young people transition into post-16 education and training.

A key aspect of the success of the project has been the bespoke nature of the teaching and learning processes. The tutors have been chosen carefully as those who can most effectively engage and motivate learners, while understanding their personal needs.

The project focuses on developing a curriculum which supports meaningful learning that challenges learners, giving them the skills and confidence to progress to worthwhile further study and employment. 

The judges were impressed by a restorative approach to behaviour management from all members of staff is integral to the success of maintaining these young people on the programme and keeping them fully engaged.

Cara Maloney, Head of Schools at Cardiff and Vale College, said: “It’s a fantastic and amazing feeling to have won this award. I think the fact that this programme was so innovative and the first of its type in Wales, was a big factor in us winning.”

Carole Stott MBE, Chair of the AoC Charitable Trust, said: “Every year the Beacon Awards receive many excellent submissions and the high standard made it hard for assessors to determine the winning application in each category.

“All the entries demonstrated the commitment of colleges to create the best possible experience for their students. Cardiff and Vale College can be rightly proud to be named as the winners of their category.”

The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges. They reward colleges that go above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education. Award winners must also offer something exceptional to students and the wider community.