Learners Voices Heard at Conference
The Annual Coleg y Cymoedd Learner Voice Conference took place recently at the Nantgarw campus to discuss a range of issues relevant to the learners.
Over 40 representatives from the Learner Voice Councils from all four campuses;-Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach were joined by staff, to reflect on the topics identified by the learners.
The Learner Executives were involved in setting the programme for the event; this included an ice-breaking quiz provided by Friends of the Earth, interactive Workshops, a range of presentations and plenty of opportunity for lively discussion.
This year’s Conference topics included:
Aberdare campus - Topic title: Digital Literacy Survey
Nantgarw campus - Topic title: Mental Health
Rhondda campus - Topic title: Work Experience
Ystrad Mynach - Topic title: Drugs
Opening the event Chair of the Conference Kian Griffiths welcomed those present and explained the format of the day, including the lunch break; when a range of refreshments including pizza would be served. Liam Francois then introduced the Launch of Walkers Crisps Recycling Initiative highlighting how important it is for everyone to take ownership of the care of our planet.
Closing the event, Principal Karen Phillips said “The college is always keen to hear the opinions of our learners and we value the time spent listening to their views. I’d like to thank the NUS who support the Conference, and also our staff for the guidance and encouragement they give our learners. The Learner Conference was definitely the highlight of my week - the learners were brilliant”.