(l-r) Laura Todd from the Principality’s HR team, CAVC Deputy Principal Kay Martin and Thomas John from the Principality’s HR team

CAVC and Principality enter into unique partnership

12 April 2016

Cardiff and Vale College and Principality enter into unique partnership to boost student employability

Cardiff and Vale College has entered into a unique partnership with Wales’ largest building society to further boost the employability of its students.

In its first such collaboration with a further education institution, Principality Building Society will team up with CAVC in a partnership which will see the two organisations working together over the next three years to ensure students are highly employable, as well as qualified.

Improving learners’ understanding of the world of work, raising awareness of potential career choices and sharpening their employability skills are just a few examples of how the partnership will benefit the College’s 20,000 students; alongside new initiatives such as the development of a foundation degree in Financial Services that the building society will help deliver.

The partnership will see Principality engage with learners from across the College’s portfolio of courses and enrichment initiatives. From enterprise events, a series of talks and customer service workshops to support for CAVC’s established rugby and football academies.

Principality will also provide live employer briefs to students; giving students opportunities for work experience by working towards a client-led brief on projects that can cover a variety of areas, involving students on a range of courses. It will also provide bursaries designed to help students who face financial barriers and might have difficulty covering travelling costs to work placements or other employment opportunities.

CAVC will also offer training for Principality staff, and the two organisations will collaborate on identifying and addressing recruitment challenges in the financial sector.

Cardiff and Vale College Deputy Principal Kay Martin said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the College. This partnership with Principality will help us boost the employability of our students, honing their business knowledge and awareness of financial issues, while also assisting a local employer to meet their workforce needs.

“As a college we’re committed to ensuring our learners benefit from innovative and enriching opportunities that will see them go on to build meaningful and successful careers; this unique three-year partnership with Principality is the perfect example of that in action

James Harper, Principality Building Society’s CSR Manager, said: “We have been supporting schools and students in Wales for a number of years with employability activities and other training because as an employer in Wales we recognise the importance of giving young people the skills they need to be ready for the world of work. Alongside our business class partnerships with schools we run a range of activities and this exciting partnership with CAVC will put these Business Class principles and our employee skills into a further education setting.

“We are sure that this partnership will be of great benefit to both organisations and of course to the students themselves in their future careers.”