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18 July 2013

Aero students are flying high at CAVC

The hard work and commitment of Cardiff and Vale College’s Aircraft Engineering students has been celebrated at a special awards ceremony.

Held at the College’s International Centre for Aerospace Technology (ICAT) at Cardiff Airport, three students from a range of aero courses were presented with awards to reflect their dedication.

Amy Lewis, 29 and from Pontypridd, won two prizes: Level 2 Student of the Year and Overall Student of the Year.

CAVC Head of Aerospace Steve Vincent said: “Amy has done exceptionally well over the last year. She completed her course early and volunteered to help the BSc students with their projects. Amy has been motivated and professional – she has shown what we are all about here; not just at ICAT but at Cardiff and Vale College as a whole.”

Jake-Ellis Bater, 17 and from Bridgend, won the award for Level 3 Student of the Year and the Pathway to Apprentice Student of the Year was 18-year-old Lewis Richmond from Barry.

One of ICAT’s major international clients is the United Arab Emirates, providing training to its ground crew. UAE Student of the Year was awarded to Mohammed AlQayedi, who is studying for a HND at the College.

“This is the first year that we have run the HND course in this way,” Steve said. “All of the UAE students have done well but Mohammed really stood out.”

Steve then went on to thank all of the College’s Aircraft Engineering students.

“We don’t give away qualifications and the industry doesn’t give away jobs – you have to have the right mindset,” he said. “These courses are difficult but they are difficult for a very good reason so thank you all for putting in the work this year.”

CAVC Vice Principal for Curriculum Kay Martin added: “Thank you all for your hard work – I hope you have also had some fun and enjoyed it. I also hope that when you come back you have another year of hard work and enjoyment. For all of you who will not be coming back next year we will do whatever we can to support you in the future. I want to thank the staff as well for the hard work and commitment that they have shown.”