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8 February 2013

Cardiff and Vale College students are hot stuff at Heating & Ventilating Apprentice Awards

Cardiff and Vale College students have swept the board at a prestigious awards ceremony that celebrates the best trainee heating and ventilating engineers in South Wales.

CAVC students past and present walked away with awards in all but two of the categories in the B&ES / BEST Wales Training Group Awards during a lavish ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre. The Wales Training Group Awards have been running for more than a decade and are organised by B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) and BEST (Building Engineering Services Training).

The winners are already employed within the industry but are gaining or have gained industry-related qualifications at the College or Cardiff and Vale College Apprenticeships, the College’s business services division. 

The CAVC winners are:

1st Year Heating and Ventilation Industrial/ Commercial Apprentice:

Victoria Hackett of FP Hurley & Sons Ltd

2nd Year Heating and Ventilation Industrial/ Commercial Apprentice:

Adam Jury of Lorne Stewart Plc

3rd Year Heating and Ventilation Industrial/ Commercial Apprentice:

Michael Arnold of FP Hurley & Sons Ltd

4th Year Heating and Ventilation Industrial/ Commercial Apprentice:

Adam Ajraam of CMB Engineering Ltd

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprentice:

Daniel Loane of S&G Air Conditioning Contracts Ltd

Adult Learner Award:

Rhys Yates of CMB Engineering Ltd

Learner of the Year Award:

Adam Ajraam of CMB Engineering Ltd

Victoria Hackett, 27 and from Swansea, won the 1st Year Heating and Ventilation award. Currently studying Heating and Ventilating Industrial and Commercial Level 2 at CAVC, Victoria left school at the age of 16 with GCSEs but not very good grades. She went to a local college in Swansea to do hairdressing but it was not really for her.

Victoria had always wanted a career in Heating & Ventilation but was put off by her fears that it would be a male dominated industry. At the age of 24 she left the world of hairdressing to pursue her dream as more women were getting involved in engineering and she felt it was the right time for a career change.BEST_awards_victoria.jpg

Victoria’s mum Marina said: “I think it’s absolutely amazing how well she’s done. She might not have given 100% after school and I just thought this was a phase she was going through but she really wants to do it and I think now she’s the right age to deal with it.”

Adam Ajraam, 26 and from St Mellons in Cardiff, won Learner of the Year and the 4th year Heating and Ventilation award. Adam has finished studying with CAVC and has worked for CMB Engineering for four years.

He went to St Johns High School and got his GCSEs and then went to college to do his A levels. Adam then went onto university to study Radiology but it wasn’t for him so he left to train as a heating and ventilating engineer and was highly commended in last year’s awards ceremony.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprentice of the year Daniel Loane gained his qualifications with Cardiff and Vale College Apprenticeships, the College’s business services division, which is one of the biggest work-based training providers in Wales with more than £9.5m worth of contracts.

While the 27-year-old from Cardiff was studying at CAVC, he developed his on the job training with S&G Air Conditioning Contracts Ltd. The company operates throughout the UK servicing projects that range from single unit installations to major new build and refurbishment projects.

Paul Copner, Manager, S&G Air Conditioning Contracts Ltd said: “Since Dan has qualified from his C&G 2079 he now attends jobs as a lead engineer. He is responsible for organising everything from piperuns/provision of materials to supervising our own labour on site.

“His work ethic has always been exceptional and now he is qualified his confidence on and off site has improved significantly. He is a very important member of our team and we have high hopes for him moving forward.”

Daniel said: “In the future I would like to keep improving and learning as an engineer and eventually become a project manager in charge of my own contracts with S&G Air Conditioning.”

Twenty-three-year-old Adam Jury won the 2nd Year Heating and Ventilation Award.  He left Pencoed Comprehensive School at the age of 18 with A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Physical Education but instead of taking the academic route into university, Adam went to work for a UK leading sports retailers. After working in retail for a few years, Adam decided that it wasn’t the career for him and decided to take the vocational route into an apprenticeship.

Adam, from Pencoed, said: “I didn’t enjoy working in retail, so I decided I wanted to become an apprentice where I could work and train at the same time. I would definitely recommend it. It gives young people a great start into a career.”

Alex Mackie, Adam’s Heating and Ventilation lecturer at Cardiff and Vale College said: “Adam is an exceptionally bright and gifted young man who will make it big in the industry and maybe become management on site one day. Whatever Adam wants to do he can do.”

Adam of Lorne Stewart Plc is currently studying on the Heating and Ventilation Industrial and Commercial Level 2 course at Cardiff and Vale College. Although he found it difficult to adjust back into education, he believes it has been a worthwhile decision. Cyril Locke, Regional Director of Lorne Stewart Plc, said: “We are very excited that Adam has won this award. He has a tremendous report from college and he tends to like authority. The future is bright for this young lad with lots of opportunities on the horizon.”

Mark Brenner, Chief Executive of BEST Ltd said to all the winners: “Apprenticeships are good news for learners, they provide a launch pad for careers in Building Services. Apprenticeships are good news for employers as they provide fresh stimulus. Tonight’s award winners all act as role models for the next generation of apprentices. Behind every success there is a loving family and committed employer. Everyone should take great pride and I would like to congratulate all of the winners.”

Cardiff and Vale College offers Construction Technologies courses on block release, day release and short study basis including Industrial & Commercial Heating and Ventilating, Domestic Heating & Ventilating, Electrical Installation, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Brickwork, Carpentry and Short courses in Electrics.

If you are an employer and would like more information on courses for apprentices, contact Cardiff and Vale Apprenticeships (CAVA) on apprenticeships@cavc.ac.uk. For information on Cardiff and Vale College courses visit www.cardiffandvalecollege.uk or call the College’s advice shop on 030 30 30 10 10.