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Carpenters get hands-on roles; Ystrad Mynach College carpentry students have achieved 100% pass rates in their diplomas.

Byline: Simon Gaskell simon.gaskell@walesonline.co.uk

A CLASS of carpentry and joinery students at The College Ystrad Mynach have achieved a 100% pass grade in their diplomas.

The group are now all fully qualified to enter the industry as professional tradespeople. The three-year course is designed to build theory in the classroom and aid practical skills in the workplace - with work placements increasing to four days a week by the third year.

Robert Ford, from Mountain Ash, said the course helped him develop the skills he needed to open a carpentry business.

The 22-year-old said: "The diploma has allowed me to work four days a week as a joiner in Cilfynydd, Pontypridd, which has given me valuable experience.

"Now I am qualified, I would like to start my own carpentry business.

"The knowledge and skills I have learnt on the course will help me achieve this and I am really looking forward to the future," added Robert.

Mansel Powell, Level Three course tutor at The College Ystrad Mynach, said: "I'm so proud of the students' achievements, as it's a tough course and requires long-term commitment.

"Our students have learnt a lot from the classroom and applied that knowledge to practical situations in the workplace.

"We've had some fantastic feedback from the businesses we've partnered with, which is a testament to our students' positive attitude and skills."

Bryn Davies, principal at The College Ystrad Mynach, said he hoped the course would lead to jobs for all the cohort.

"I'm delighted that our carpentry and joinery students have achieved such splendid results," Mr Davies said.

"We are committed to forming strong links with local businesses and this demonstrates exactly how well it can work.

"We always look to help our students find employment after their time with us and providing practical experience in the workplace certainly benefits their future prospects," said Mr Davies.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 29, 2013
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