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Computing Case Study - Rhys Keedwell

About you and background

My name is Rhys Keedwell I live in Rhys Street Trealaw, with my parents and my little sister, i was born on the 07/08/96 which makes me 18.

What course did you study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

Last year I studied Pathways to ICT and telecommunications Level 2, after achieving Distinction* I moved on to the first year of Level 3 ICT.

What made you decide to study at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I was underachieving at school and I needed a new experience.

Why did you choose to study this course?

I want a future in the IT industry and I think this course will help me get there.

What are the benefits of studying at Coleg y Cymoedd?

The first main benefit is that you get the chance to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds. The second is that there is also a variety of subjects to choose from.

What do you intend to do next?

After completing the course I would like to attend university, preferably in Wales for easy access, if I do not attend university I wouldn’t mind getting an apprenticeship in my local area.

How is the course helping you achieve your ambitions?

I am gaining vital knowledge on the area of IT thanks to the subjects than I am currently working on, because the course offers the Welsh Bac it will give me an extra A level to go toward my UCAS points.

How will studying impact on your life?

Studying will impact my life because the more studying I do the better my work will be, from this more opportunities will be presented to me.

Would you recommend this college/this course to others?

Yes, 100%.

Your tutor Libby Williams said:

What a fantastic accolade for Rhys and well deserved. He is an exemplary learner who gives ‘his all’ to each task set. Rhys achieves consistently high grades. He completed his Level 2 course with a Distinction* and has carried on this work ethic to the first year of his Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT. In addition he has developed valuable employability skills which will stand him in good stead for the future.

Caroline Eva, Head of Business Services at local business K3FDS said:

K3FDS are a software solutions provider based in Nantgarw, Cardiff. We work with some great vendors such as Sage and Qlik and we are proud to work with amazing businesses such as the Wales Millennium Centre. With an active presence in the Welsh business community we also work with local colleges such as Coleg y Cymoedd providing opportunities for young people to get first-hand experience of working in the IT world.

We have been working with Coleg y Cymoedd for the last 2 years and the students who we have worked with have been outstanding. Hopefully the time they spend with us will compliment the classroom education the college provides, giving them an insight into the working environment.

Rhys Keedwell who joined us recently had a specific interest in managed services, we were able to give him a project reviewing a variety of laptops at various states of repair, he worked through them determining hardware suitability, including suitable AC Adapters and whether the batteries were able to hold charge, as well as reviewing the software on the laptop. The software review included versions and licensing of the Operating Systems. Rhys was very thorough with the checks and the documentation he produced around the checks.

It is very encouraging that the college are educating the students with skills that can be used locally in the future.

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