(l-r) CAVC Director of College Business Development Paul Kift and Willmott Dixon Operations Director Ian Jones at the College’s £45m new campus at Canal Parade, which is being developed by Willmott Dixon, and Circle IT Chief Executive Roger Harry and CAVC

(l-r) CAVC Director of College Business Development Paul Kift and Willmott Dixon Operations Director Ian Jones at the College’s £45m new campus at Canal Parade, which is being developed by Willmott Dixon, and Circle IT Chief Executive Roger Harry and CAVC Director of Information Services Evan Davies outside the Wales Millennium Centre

Circle IT & Willmott Dixon support CAVC's Annual Awards Evening

1 October 2014

Circle IT and Willmott Dixon support Cardiff and Vale College's Annual Awards Evening

IT support company Circle IT and developer Willmott Dixon are supporting this year’s Cardiff and Vale College helping to ensure that the College can celebrate its students’ successes in style.

The two companies are acting as main sponsors of the Annual Awards Evening, which will be held at the Wales Millennium Centre on Monday, October 6th, from 6pm. The achievements of some 20 students during the 2013-14 academic year will be recognised, as will the contributions made by several of the College’s partner organisations. Circle IT and Willmott Dixon join the event’s regular sponsor, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Circle IT Chief Executive Roger Harry said: “We are supporting the awards because we believe that skills and education are vital in the Welsh economy and we are proud to sponsor the achievements of students who are our future workforce.”

Ian Jones, Operations Director at Willmott Dixon, added: “At Willmott Dixon we always strive to be the leading organisation within our industry. Therefore we have carefully chosen these prestigious awards to demonstrate our commitment to continue to create a step-change in the sustainability agenda of our built environment.”

Both companies said they were sponsoring the awards to demonstrate the importance that the skills taught at CAVC have for the wider economy.

“FE students are vital to our industry and the whole economy of the UK,” Ian Jones explained. “We have without doubt seen the huge impact on training budgets and numbers of apprentices being offered during the recent recession and it is only now that we are seeing an increase of these elements to support the upturn of our economy.”

Roger Harry agreed. “FE students are massively important,” he explained. “The skills they learn promote jobs and economic growth and give students great skills to take to the workplace. Students are already showing future employers their dedication to their own development and this attitude is what employers seek today above all else.”

Ian and Roger will both present awards on the night: Willmott Dixon has sponsored the Built Environment Award and Circle IT the Adult and Community Award.

Roger said: “It is vital that we celebrate these successes to show students and the winder community that there are great individuals out there who are dedicated to improving their skills. It is the very thing that will keep the economy moving in the right direction and the skills they take into the workplace should be celebrated so they can be proud of these achievements and show the great work institutions like Cardiff and Vale College are doing.”

Ian added: “Willmott Dixon, like other national contractors, heavily rely on having a well-trained and dedicated supply chain to support their business activities. It is imperative that we continue to create real opportunities to local businesses to enable all companies to have the confidence to train and equip our FE students for the future.

“As we invest in high quality training schemes for our students, we will without doubt be able to celebrate their personal success and thereby provide a platform for their further development through life.”