CAVC students help build new City Centre Campus
More than 200 Cardiff and Vale College students have helped in the construction of the College’s new £45m City Centre Campus in the heart of Cardiff.
Working close partnership with site developers Willmott Dixon, some 220 students have had work placements at the 16,000m2 landmark campus, which is due to open for business in September. Learners from Wood Trades, Trowel Trades, Heating and Ventilation, Plumbing and Electrical Installation have all received valuable work experience at the City Centre Campus.
Jordan Phillips is one such example. The Carpentry student from Cardiff said: “It was really good, especially to be out learning in the ‘real world’. Learning in the classroom is great, but you pick things up much more quickly in a real work environment and you get to be hand’s on.”
Fellow Carpentry student Helen Kane spent her work placement job shadowing and helping to fix cladding from scaffolding on the top floor in the new campus’ atrium.
She said: “The chance of working for a company before an interview is invaluable as you can see exactly what the employer is looking for and if you like the work and people. My confidence definitely increased on the placement.
“My fear of the unknown on a large site was conquered, particularly as the team I worked with were friendly and all the other trades worked together. It is easy to think may do something you have learned in college wrong on site but my week showed me how organised the work is and how enjoyable the challenges are.”
Helen now intends to continue with her studies and hopes to attend CAVC’s City Centre Campus when it opens to students in September 2015.
Cardiff and Vale College Head of Recruitment, Progression and Entrepreneurship Tania Davies said: “During the last two years students from various courses across the college have been given a fantastic opportunity to carry out their work placements at the new Canal Parade site.
“Working with the Willmott Dixon team has allowed our students to have an invaluable experience supporting the construction of this state of the art building. Recently hitting our target of 200 students successfully completing placement was a very rewarding and exciting achievement, one we are all proud of. It’s not many students that can say they helped build their college!”