Cardiff and Vale College officially launches £45m new City Centre Campus
Cardiff and Vale College has officially opened its doors to the College’s £45m new City Centre Campus – one of the most ambitious educational projects in Wales.
The landmark 16,000m2 building, in the heart of Cardiff has been backed by £20m from the Welsh Government. Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance and Government Business, attended a Launch Breakfast event at the new campus today where key College partners were given a preview of the site before it opens to students in September.
Jane Hutt said: “I’m delighted to have been able to see first-hand today the excellent facilities this new campus will provide to students from across Cardiff and the region. With the support of £20m Welsh Government funding, the College will deliver a state of the art learning environment for students to develop the high level skills that not only help them to get ahead in life but also meet the needs of business and employers.”
Based on Dumballs Road, the City Centre Campus boasts 130 teaching rooms, including specialist labs, workshops, studios, IT suites, general teaching rooms and two vast learning and skills centres. It will be home to around 4,000 students studying across 200 different courses – plus thousands more individuals engaged through the year on short courses, employer training and apprenticeships.
CAVC’s learners, coming from right across Cardiff, the Vale and the wider Capital Region, will also have the opportunity to develop their skills in industry-standard facilities including performance theatre, Mac, music technology, film, dance and art studios, salon and spa, restaurant and kitchens, and a strength and conditioning gym.
Cardiff and Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “Our ambition is to support the delivery of truly 21st Century demand-led education and skills training across Cardiff and the regions. CAVC is centre place in supporting economic development that drives South East Wales, creating real community prosperity and new business opportunities.
“Our entire College eco-system is designed to integrate with local and regional business. Our job is to fully support inward investment with high level skills that benefit everyone. We are, and will remain, a college for the whole community that we serve.”
The College works with thousands of employers across Wales, the UK and beyond, providing bespoke solutions and training courses to meet employer needs. Situated on the fourth floor of the new building, the fully equipped Business Centre will provide a range of ten inspirational spaces all now available for hire, including seven training rooms, two boardrooms, breakout areas and access to a dedicated rooftop terrace.
A key member of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, the College is committed to the Financial Services Enterprise Zone, and with the forthcoming developments taking place along Dumballs Road, such as the Embankment scheme, will also find itself in the centre of a brand new neighbourhood that it will serve.
For this immediate community the college will not only offer training and skills needed for the workforce of the future, but also provide community facilities and jobs through retail and commercial opportunities. These include the first Simply Fresh store to come to Wales, a Subway and the College’s own Bae Coffee shop.
The new City Centre Campus, developed in partnership with Rightacres and Willmott Dixon, forms one part of the College’s ten-year plan to revolutionise education and training across the Capital Region and beyond. A week of events is taking place to highlight its opening which features the College’s first Staff Awards, today’s launch breakfast, an day of tours for education information providers and a special open day for the public on Saturday, July 4th, from 10am-2pm.
CAVC Chair of Governors Geraint Evans said: “For us, this fantastic new campus is just the beginning. We are already seeing developments with the College’s involvement with the International Sports Stadium in Leckwith and our provision of post-16 education at the new East Cardiff High School. We are also working closely with partners in West Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
“Our goal is to transform education and training across the region and provide the best for everyone in an environment that is inspirational.”