Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James visits £45m new City Centre Campus
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James AM has had an exclusive first glimpse of Cardiff and Vale College’s brand new landmark £45m campus in the heart of Cardiff, ahead of its official launch week taking place from Monday 29th June – Saturday 4th July.
The Deputy Minister was given a tour of the unique building and state-of-the-art facilities by the College’s Vice Principal for Commercial Business Development Mary Kent and Principal and Chief Executive Mike James. The new campus, which will open to students in September, features 130 teaching rooms, including specialist labs, workshops, IT suites and general teaching rooms; Mac, music tech, film and dance studios; a fifth floor restaurant with views across the city and a huge commercial salon and spa.
Just five minutes from Central Station, the new campus boasts a fully equipped 4th floor business centre with ten bookable spaces, including seven training rooms, two boardrooms, breakout areas and access to a dedicated rooftop terrace; creating an inspiration space for bespoke training, meetings, conferences and events.
Demand-led skills will form the focus of the new campus, offering not just qualifications but the skills employers require, helping ensure that CAVC students progress into meaningful careers.
The Deputy Minister was also shown how the College’s Commercial Services team has adapted an innovative approach to generating income for CAVC. By growing the College’s business the team is helping the College close to the funding gap brought about by changes in public sector spending.
Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Julie James said: “It was interesting and encouraging to see how Cardiff and Vale College has set up a Commercial Services team. This innovative new approach to income generation, engaging with local businesses, has ensured courses continue to meet employer and student need. Today this well respected college is on target to generate £6m a year from local industry by 2020.
“I urge other FE colleges to make similar efforts to build links with the business community and look to them as an additional source of income."
CAVC Vice Principal for Commercial Business Development Mary Kent said: “We welcome the Deputy Minister to our new City Centre Campus. This new campus will provide an inspirational learning facility for learners, communities and employers across the region and beyond. It will also offer valuable and exciting space for communities and employers in the area. The Deputy Minister has been of huge support to the College and we are grateful to her for her continuing interest.”