Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury praises work of Cardiff and Vale College
Rachel Reeves MP, then Shadow Secretary Chief to the Treasury, and Welsh Government Minister for Finance Jane Hutt AM has visited CAVC’s International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT).
Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Cllr Chris Elmore, who is standing to be Labour MP for the Vale, also attended the visit to the College site at Cardiff Airport. They were given a tour of ICAT’s facilities, including a 19-seater Jetstream 31 aircraft that students rebuilt in their spare time, and the ‘Classroom in the Sky’ – a 737 fuselage attached to the side of the building that is used for training cabin crew. As well as meeting College staff, they also spoke with Pathways to Apprenticeships students.
Ms Reeves, a former economist who was number two to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls until the autumn reshuffle when she was moved to Work and Pensions, visited ICAT to see how the College is working with the St Athan aerospace industry enterprise zone to deliver the skilled workers required.
ICAT is internationally acclaimed as one the country’s leading aerospace training and education providers. It offers Civil Aviation Authority-approved Part-147 training, as well as bespoke courses and online long-distance learning.
Speaking after her tour of the facility, Ms Reeves said: “This is a great example of the partnership between the Welsh Government and colleges, building the skills that are needed.”
The MP also chatted to Amy Lewis, a 29-year-old mother of two from Pontypridd who wanted to change direction and become an engineer. “It’s great that the College can offer this sort of opportunity to people like Amy,” Ms Reeves added.
As well as providing training for the Enterprise Zone, ICAT has developed new course materials online and in textbook form to support the study of Part-66 modules related to CAA courses.
In addition to Further Education and Higher Education courses, bespoke training can be tailored to individual requirements. This can involve upskilling current qualifications to suit the existing and emerging Welsh aviation sector. All tutors are highly motivated with many years of experience in either the Armed Forces or commercial aircraft industry.