A group of Cymoedd learners studying at the Nantgarw campus set a challenge for their peers to test their skills at problem solving, in a very different way.
As part of the Managing a Business Event unit of their course the Level 3 learners studying on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business course at the campus were tasked with the organisation of an event.
They focussed on the Level 2 learners challenging their communication skills and their ability to work with learners from outside their course. The chosen venue was the Escape Rooms in Cardiff as it was local to the college and within their set budget.
The group set about the tasks required which included setting the date, sending invitations to the learners, booking the transport and venue and ensuring all college policies were adhered to; including of health & safety and consent for media coverage.
Fifteen learners, accompanied by two tutors arrived at the Escape Rooms to set about cracking the codes; they were grateful for the slight assistance from the game hosts when the going got tricky.
The learners spent one hour working in their teams to solve the clues, unfortunately despite their best efforts, not all of the learners escaped â€“ however, they had an enjoyable experience and are keen to return for another challenge.
Accompanying the learners on the trip, Course Tutor Kim Purnell said, â€œThe group worked hard to organise the event as part of their Unit â€“ Managing a Business event. The activity was well planned and the learners who attended developed valuable skills by taking part in this fun activityâ€.
Following the visit, 16 year old Owen Hunt from Pontyclun who was part of the team participating in the challenge saidâ€ I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would love to go again. The Level 3 learners organised it very well which made the experience even better. Although we didnâ€™t escape it was still really fun and skill developingâ€.
Tomos Williams (18) from Cardiff who also took part in the activity added, â€œI really enjoyed our trip to the Escape Rooms. It was quite a laugh and it clearly was a good experience to modify our problem-solving skills. It was also a great team building exerciseâ€.