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30 June 2014

Cardiff and Vale College and MAC hold special graduation event

A partnership between a training organisation that works to boost the skills of hard to reach young people in the Capital Region and Cardiff and Vale College has been celebrated a recent graduation event at the Wales Millennium Centre.

The Media Academy Cardiff (MAC) event – which was well attended by friends and families - also saw some of the young people MAC works with perform music and a short play. There was also a fashion show where a range of T-shirts promoting MAC that have been designed by young people training with the Academy was launched.

CAVC has been collaborating with MAC for two years on a post-16 BTEC programme, and this glitzy event at WMC celebrated the achievements of some of the young people who had passed their BTECs. They were presented with their certificates by CAVC Curriculum Director with responsibility for widening participation Anne Parkin.

“The work of MAC is enhanced by working in partnership with experts in their fields at Cardiff and Vale College,” MAC Director Nick Corrigan said. “Our work with CAVC helps us to engage the ‘unengagable’ and then support them when they do go to college.

“The transition rates of people actually going on to college have been incredible. The people we work with at CAVC really know how to engage these young people.”

MAC holds a number of training contracts, and does triage work where all young people who are taken in to police stations from the age of 11 upwards are referred to the Academy. This work offers them the opportunity to follow an MAC programme rather than end up with a criminal record. The Academy also carries out restorative meetings between young perpetrators of crime and their victims.

“MAC recruits the hardest to reach young people facing the biggest barriers to learning and do amazing work not just on their academic studies in creative media and literacy but also in relation to their personal development with second to none support,” CAVC Social Engagement and Community Collaboration Manager Lorna Williams said. “MAC achieves incredible retention, attendance and successful completion rates – not just for individual learners but by College standards in general. It’s a partnership that we learn a lot from and are very proud of.”

The fashion collection launched at the graduation has been designed by a group of young people on a six month Fashion and Merchandise designer scheme. The eight designs are aimed at young people and sales will raise funds for MAC. The trainee fashion designers are marketing their brand – which feature message against illegal music downloads and stereotyping – and aim to produce further designs in the future.

The T-shirts are available from: MAC HQ 1 Anchor Industrial Estate, Cardiff, CF10 5FF Phone: 02920 667 668 Email: info@mediaacademycardiff.org