Project Leader Tallulah Coleman and Wales Manager for UnLtd Amanda Everson

CAVC students are buzzing with business ideas

4 December 2014

Cardiff and Vale College students are buzzing with business ideas

A group of Cardiff and Vale College students have been awarded £2,000 to set up their own business creating products from their very own bee hives.

The Passport to Further Education students are studying a BTEC qualification in sustainability and have developed a bee project at the Amelia Trust Farm on Five Mile Lane in Barry. They construct bee hives in carpentry workshops and then study how bees pollinate and how to create honey, soaps and other products.

The students have secured £2,000 from UnLtd’s FE Pioneers programme, a fund to assist young people to set up enterprises that benefit the local community. The sustainable scheme will see income raised get reinvested in the project.

Amanda Everson, Wales Manager for UnLtd, said: “The project team did an amazing job of pitching their proposal and secured £2,000 for materials, equipment, marketing and promotion from the FE Pioneers programme. This programme, supported by UnLtd is delighted to be able to invest in young social entrepreneurs, building awareness of how this approach helps develop skills for the future and secure support for social entrepreneurs across formal and non-formal learning settings.”

Amelia Trust Farm Director Lorraine Brown added: “It is wonderful to see how the self-esteem of the young people has grown as they have had their ideas taken seriously and they have gained respect through learning new skills.”

Tallulah Coleman, project leader, said: “This course is giving me opportunities to experience things I would never have done before. I am planning to work with animals in the future and the farm provides me with hands-on experience, learning new skills and gaining a qualification that will help me reach my goal. I can’t wait to taste the honey when it is ready and we are already making plans on how to package and sell the products.”

The College’s Passport to FE course is designed to enable people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training a chance to progress.

CAVC Deputy Head of Widening Participation Wayne Carter said: “Cardiff and Vale College recognises that many of our students face a variety of challenges and we aim to widen participation in education. This innovative, hands-on course has been constructed to meet the diverse needs of learners and is delivered in a non-traditional learning environment. We believe it is a successful step in progressing students into mainstream education, further training or employment.”