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College achieves Careers Wales Mark

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion are celebrating the college’s success in gaining the Careers Wales Mark accreditation across all seven of its campuses.

This award, designed by Careers Wales, sets out to recognise commitment to continuous and developing quality improvement within education and meets with the requirements of Welsh Government set out in Careers and the World of Work, a framework for 11-19 year-olds in Wales.

Accreditation lasts for three years and the process involves self-evaluation, development planning and implementation with termly reviews at partnership progression meetings.

The Careers Wales Mark is also a collaborative partnership with learning providers to support their process for improved outcomes for all learners and recognise establishments that have demonstrated they have active procedures in place to ensure a continuous process of improvement.

The programme is designed to equip young people with the skills they will need in order to manage their working life so that they have the most up-to-date knowledge and understanding of working practices to make effective career choices.

Julie-Ann Clifton, careers and world of work coordinator at Careers Wales said: “Achieving the Careers Wales mark is a huge achievement and I have had the pleasure of working with both colleges in the process.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to the staff at the seven campuses for their hard work, enthusiasm and determination to achieve this accreditation.

“Despite the changing times we are living through, they have demonstrated their commitment to delivering an improving Careers and World of Work Curriculum.”

Vanessa Cashmore, director of learning experience at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion added: “We are delighted to have achieved the Careers Wales Mark as a Quality Award for our careers service at Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion.

“This is an excellent collaborative achievement and demonstrates that our learners are receiving innovative careers provision and a testament to the vision that we have invested, producing employable, initiative and entrepreneurial talent.”

Becky Pask, employability and entrepreneurship coordinator at both colleges said: “Over the last year, everyone at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion has been instrumental in building our new initiative ‘Be Ambitious' programme. 

“Learners and staff have continually developed and looked to embed, an excellent careers programme.

“Our programme continues to have a positive impact on our learners, exploring their purpose, preparing and innovating their approaches to the world of work and be open to new possibilities.

“We are eager to consistently grow and be a leader in delivering excellent careers and employability, entrepreneurial and enterprise support in education.”