Cardiff and Vale College donates car to Radyr Comprehensive
Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) has donated a car to Radyr Comprehensive for use on their Auto Engineering course. The Ford Ka will be used in the practical lessons by students studying the Entry Level 3 course in Auto Engineering which was introduced last year.
The College (which was previously Coleg Glan Hafren) has been involved with Radyr Comprehensive in relation to the Automotive courses as part of the local learning partnerships, which aim to develop shared provision and facilities for 14 to 19 year olds to ensure that young people across Cardiff have access to a wider range of courses.
For the last year Radyr Comprehensive School has been running an industry-recognised IMI Award Entry Level 3 course in Auto Engineering for 14 to 16 year olds as part of their extended opportunities curriculum in support of the 14-19 learning pathways.
CAVC staff helped Radyr with the set up of their workshop and forging the links necessary to become an IMI Awards approved centre. This support has continued with CAVC staff assisting with quality control, student progression events and equipment donations for the new centre. The future will see both institutions forge stronger links so that pupils can then continue their Automotive Engineering studies at CAVC’s Automotive Academy.
Mark Roberts the course co-ordinator at Radyr commented “The course has proved to be incredibly successful, mainly due to the school’s Auto Engineering team working extremely hard to get the course up and running along and with the continued support and guidance from the automotive staff at Cardiff and Vale College.
“The course is becoming more and more popular and the donation of the Ford Ka by the College has really made a significant impact in terms of hands-on experience for the students.”
He continued “The donated car has made the entry-level qualification more accessible and the content of the course can be covered in far more detail. This can only be good for the students’ experience, knowledge and understanding of the motor vehicle trade.
“The school has a very strong link with CAVC and in particular with the Auto Engineering faculty. Students who are fortunate enough to get on the course at Radyr will have a far greater opportunity to further their education at CAVC following their preferred learning pathway at Level 1 and Level 2.”
CAVC offers over 30 automotive courses to over 600 students in total delivered in a part-time, full-time, day release or block release basis. As a Ford Apprenticeship Centre, CAVC’s Automotive Academy has almost 60 apprentices on the three-year programme from all over Wales. The apprentices are referred to the Automotive Academy by Ford, spending two week blocks at the academy on four occasions each year.
Photographed - students with the car outside the Radyr Workshop; Bradley Tanner (right) hands over the keys to Andrew Williams.