First Minister officially opens ‘inspirational’ Cardiff and Vale College City Centre Campus
First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones AM and Minister for Education and Skills Huw Lewis AM have officially opened Cardiff and Vale College’s £45m new City Centre Campus in the heart of the capital.
The landmark 16,000m2 building, near Cardiff Central station in the heart of Cardiff’s Financial Services Enterprise Zone, features 130 teaching rooms including specialist labs, workshops, IT studios and two vast learning and skills centres. It is homes to 4,000 students studying across 200 different courses with thousands more individuals engaged through the year on short courses, employer training and apprenticeships.
Backed by a £20m Welsh Government grant, CAVC City Centre Campus features top-class, industry standard facilities such as a performance theatre, fifth-floor restaurant with views across Cardiff, Mac, music technology, film, dance and art studios, salon, spa and a strength and conditioning gym. It also has a dedicated Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre, Business Centre for employers and community facilities.
First Minister Carwyn Jones AM said: “This is what the future of Further Education looks like in Wales.
“This new City Centre Campus is truly an inspirational building which will give learners in Wales access to a wide-ranging, flexible curriculum in a world class learning environment.
“This is a college with learner success firmly in its sights. I’m sure that it will continue to inspire learners for many years to come.”
Education Minister Huw Lewis AM added: “This is yet another example of the Welsh Government putting its money where its mouth is and investing in exceptional education facilities for our learners.
“This new campus is a great illustration of government working in partnership with a college to deliver a project of this calibre. Modern and vibrant, this new college, built with £20m of Welsh Government funding, is providing a learning environment for the 21st Century. It will inspire its students while benefiting the local community long into the future.”
CAVC Principal and Chief Executive Mike James said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome First Minister Carwyn Jones and Minister for Education Huw Lewis to our new City Centre Campus. We could not have developed this state of the art facility without the support of the Welsh Government and we are truly grateful for its backing.
“Our ambition is to support the delivery of 21st Century demand-led education and skills across Cardiff and the regions. CAVC is centre placed in supporting the economic development that drives South East Wales, creating real community prosperity and business opportunities.
“This new campus, combined with our continuing growth and development across Cardiff and the Vale, will help us transform education and training across the region and the best for everyone in an environment which is inspirational.”