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22 October 2012

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert visits Cardiff and Vale College’s

Cardiff and Vale College has welcomed Deputy Skills Minister Jeff Cuthbert with a tour of its latest facility in Cardiff Bay, Dumballs Road 2.

A close neighbour to the College’s Cardiff Construction Training Centre, Dumballs Road 2 opened in September. The 2,400m2 site offers a range of courses in construction and engineering to 300 16 to 18-year-olds in the heart of the City Centre.

Campus Manager Kevin Robinson and Cardiff and Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James conducted the Deputy Skills Minister around the site. He was shown around the site’s workshops and met carpentry, heating and ventilation and painting and decorating students. He also two carpentry Pathways to Apprenticeships Carpentry students who told him about a Welsh Baccalaureate project where they made crosses from reclaimed wood for each British victim of the Falklands Conflict on behalf of veteran’s group the South Atlantic Medal Association 82.

The Deputy Minister was then introduced to the College’s Senior Leadership Team, where he discussed the Welsh Government’s agenda for education and the Welsh Government’s review of qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds. 

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to see Cardiff and Vale College’s latest facilities in Cardiff Bay. This is an impressive facility that was born from local demand for training.

“If we are to prepare young people for employment or higher education then we need first class 21st Century buildings and facilities such as these.”

Cardiff and Vale College Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “We are extremely grateful for the support the Deputy Minister and the Welsh Government have given the College. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to show him the excellent work we do in helping young people not only build their vocational skills but also help them think about being entrepreneurial and setting up their own businesses.”

Dumballs Road 2 features six workshops, a series of bays for additional practical work and five classrooms plus catering facilities, a common room and a Learning and Skills Centre for students. It offers courses in brickwork, carpentry, electrical installation, heating and ventilation, painting and decorating, plastering and tiling and refrigeration and air conditioning.

The new site is part of the College’s ambitious expansion scheme to ensure that education and training needs in the Capital Region are met while offering excellent opportunities for career progression for all.