Lunch with ACT Skills Academy and Jonathan Davies MBE

Tuesday, 20th March 2012
    As a keen supporter of encouraging young people to embrace Computer Aided Design as an exciting and innovative career in design, Original CAD Solutions was very pleased to be invited to attend the Making Skills Everyone’s Business luncheon at the ACT Training & Skills Academy with Jonathan Davies MBE. There we were able to see first-hand the facilities of this innovative organisation which provides a lifeline for young people in helping them develop their skills through training and work placements to become valuable employees for the future.  
From left: Caroline Cooksley (Development Director), Jonathan Davies (Leading ACT’s 2012 campaign) and Andrew Cooksley (Managing Director).  
  The Hadfield Road training academy offers a range of classrooms where students can learn trades such as carpentry, bricklaying, plastering, car mechanics, catering as well as more IT based vocations. The rooms are created to look and feel like real work environments and students learn not only vocational trades but the importance of reliability, punctuality and good communication skills.     Associated Community Training (ACT) was established in 1988 and has since gained a reputation as one of the most innovative and professional training providers in Wales, delivering World Class Training.  Offering a unique, ground-breaking range of accredited training and employment services, which has achieved highest levels in both learner results and their personal development, they are now one of the Welsh Government's leading skills training providers.     The tour was a real eye opener into the sterling work done at these facilities with the bonus of a ‘gourmet buffet lunch’ prepared by the students, which was excellent, and a chat to Jonathan Davies who as an ex player for Wales and the BBC’s leading Welsh Rugby Union Sports presenter was keen to discuss the weekend Grand Slam chances of Wales.     Well Wales won and we were so impressed that we are now looking to take our first work placement on as a trainee through ACT. We would recommend highly that any company has nothing to lose but everything to gain from giving some of these young people an opportunity to come and try out work experience in your own business.     Our thanks to Sara Timothy for the invitation, and to Andrew Cooksley, Jonathan Davies and the students of the ACT Skills Academy for the hospitality.     For more information on giving students opportunities contact: -  

ACT Cardiff Skills Academy                                           Hadfield Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AQ Tel: 02920 729018 Email: