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28 June 2013

CAVC Students talk to Erw'r Delyn about the world of work

A group of young people who have not been in employment, education or training have visited a school for people with severe mental and physical disabilities to give the pupils a makeover.

The Fast Forward Hair & Beauty students from Cardiff and Vale College visited Erw’r Delyn School in Penarth to talk about working in the Hair & Beauty industry and their own personal career aspirations. The event took place as Erw’r Delyn holds regular days where learners look into the ‘world of work’.

CAVC’s Fast Forward Hair & Beauty course has been specifically designed to meet the need of young people not in employment, education and training (NEET) who have an interest in the Hair & Beauty sector. A number of people on the course have not been in full time education or employment for a number of years, causing low self-esteem and low self-worth in the cases of some learners.

“The students conquered their initial fears of public speaking and faced an extremely receptive audience of excited Erw’r Delyn pupils,” CAVC 14-19 Co-ordinator Stacey Long said. “For many of the students interacting with young people with the difficulties faced by the young people at Erw’r Delyn was something that they had never experienced before but, after some early nerves, they all found the experience extremely rewarding.”

Glen Watkins, 23 and from Barry, has been classed as NEET since the age of 16. He gave an inspirational talk about how he would like to open his own salon once he gains his qualifications – a salon with a difference that would bring in local disaffected youth and young people for training and to show them what possibilities are out there for them.

After the talks and a lively question and answer session it was time for treat – the Fast Forward crew applied makeup and styling to some willing volunteers among the pupils.

“It was a very successful and valuable venture both for the learners on both sides that the College would like to repeat at the earliest opportunity,” Stacey said. “It was an unforgettable experience for both the school or College learners.”

The event was the second time in recent weeks that CAVC Fast Forward learners have been involved in. Recently the students helped pupils from Maes Dyfan special school in Barry prepare for a fashion show with weird and wonderful hair and makeup.

Head of Post 16 at Maes Dyfan Faye Norris said: “Your students and Helen Williams the tutor were amazing and gave our kids a real experience that they will never forget.”