Cymoedd learner builds successful career path

When Apprentice Andrew Hardy enrolled at Coleg y Cymoedd on a Work based carpentry programme he could not have imagined the successful learning journey that lay ahead of him.

Andrew from Pontypridd studied at the Ystrad Mynach campus under the supervision of Course Tutors Mansell Powell and Rhys Schofield.

Employed as an apprentice with Willis Construction Andrew demonstrated an exceptional ability to achieve Levels 1, 2 and 3 Diploma in Site Carpentry and Joinery; he also gained a Plumbing qualification, which he studied in the evenings. Andrew achieved excellent marks in both practical and theory tests and coped with a very busy workload in and out of college.

Course Tutor Mansell Powell said “Andrew always achieved a high standard of practical work – working well as an individual and within a group. Andrew was always keen to tackle difficult tasks to improve his skills and always encouraged other learners on the course with his ‘Can do’ attitude. He has already secured the prestigious title of NFB Apprentice of the Year and I am sure he has a very successful career ahead of him.

Commenting on his time at Coleg y Cymoedd Andrew said “ I have thoroughly enjoyed my time studying at the Ystrad Mynach campus under the mentorship of my tutors. I have learnt a great deal at the college and on site with Willis Construction. I would definitely recommend this course of study to anyone looking to get into the industry”.

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