The college was delighted to welcome over 900 year 9, 10 and 11 pupils from Afon Taf, Cyfarthfa, Penydre and Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun to its Careers Pathway Event. The event, which was held on 3rd October, utilised a range of the Welsh Government ‘Have a Go’ equipment, providing an excellent opportunity for the pupils to engage in a range of vocational and skills activities whilst at the same time speaking with course tutors, universities and employers about the learning, progression and employment pathways on offer to help them achieve these skills.
The event was supported by a range of organisations including Careers Wales, Jehu, General Dynamics, Sony, Kier, Jacobs, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Aspire project, Army, Royal Navy, South Wales Police, Welsh Ambulance Service, Merthyr Valleys Homes, Cwm Taff Health Board, Apollo Teaching Services, Barclays Bank, JNP Legal, Merthyr Tydfil Credit Union, Tydfil Training, South Wales Fire and Rescue, University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, Swansea University, Network 75 and many more. Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Member of Parliament, Gerald Jones also attended to both showcase to learners the opportunities and careers on offer in government and politics and also to speak to them and the employers present about future job and career opportunities across the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney area.
The event, which is the second career pathway event to be organised by the college, was a huge success with pupils and staff providing very positive feedback. Principal John O’Shea commented, “As a college, we see many learners coming in who are undecided on what course they wish to study and what career they would like to aim for. Our event aims to address this by showcasing the career pathways on offer to pupils from year 9 onwards, helping them to make decisions about GCSE options, further education and higher education courses and also employment and apprenticeship pathways.”
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