2 November 2023
Earlier this month, Coleg Gwent took centre stage at the SkillsCymru event in Cardiff. The event, held at the Utilita Arena, attracts thousands of young people each year between the ages of 14-19 from across south-east Wales, along with career leaders and other key influencers, to allow them to explore exciting courses and career pathways.
SkillsCymru is an annual event designed to inspire and inform attendees about the diverse career paths and educational routes available in Wales. The event features interactive exhibits and opportunities for learners to engage with professionals from various industries and educational establishments.
This year, Coleg Gwent’s participation at SkillsCymru was marked by a new and vibrant stand, inviting learners to ‘come on a journey at the CG train station’. The stand, which replicated a train station platform, gave learners the opportunity to explore different career opportunities via a tube station map, and all learners received a free newspaper with information about the college, along with a train ticket advertising open event dates.
Visitors to the stand had the chance to learn about the college’s extensive range of full time, part time and Higher Education options, including courses in Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Motor Vehicle and A Levels.
It was also an opportunity to answer all the important questions about Coleg Gwent’s support network, covering everything from course help to personal wellbeing. Learners were given information on how to access financial grants, travel and transport advice, learning support and accessing support for additional learning needs.
The event itself was a huge success, with over 5,200 learners in attendance. Coleg Gwent engaged with over 1,000 learners from across Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly and Torfaen.
Brandon Ham, Events and Outreach Officer said:
“SkillsCymru is a fantastic opportunity for us to reach out to the community, inspire young people, and demonstrate the value of further education. We believe in creating a strong bridge between education and employment, and this event has been the perfect platform to convey that message.”
Nicola Gamlin, Vice Principal of Coleg Gwent said:
“The event’s success has once again highlighted Coleg Gwent’s pivotal role in helping to shape people’s futures by offering high quality education and enabling learners to develop skills that are in demand in various industries.”