Mid Wales man lands dream job working with cars

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A Mid Wales man who has realised his dream of working with cars thanks to his two-year Traineeship with Powys Training, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Dale Price, 18, from Llanidloes, is one of 28 finalists in nine categories of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, organised by the Welsh Government in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW).

The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality Apprenticeships and Traineeships across Wales. Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes in Wales are part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

The winners will be announced at a high profile awards presentation ceremony at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Wednesday, October 24, where the winners of the National Training Awards for Wales will also be recognised. The joint awards which will be attended by around 300 key stakeholders from the vocational education and training sector across Wales.

Sponsor of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which aim to showcase excellence in skills development in Wales, is Pearson and media partner is Media Wales.

Dale, a Traineeships Learner of the Year finalist, had previously started a motor vehicle course at college but it didn’t work out for him, so he worked at a builders’ merchants.

However, he was determined to be a mechanic so he approached Powys Training, who took him on, arranged a placement at a local garage and he also attended regular training in areas including IT and communication.

Following the successful work placement, he has now been taken on as an Apprentice with Bradley’s Garage in Caersws. Dale will continue studying at Coleg Powys alongside his Apprenticeship.

“The Traineeship gave me much more confidence in myself,” said Dale. “It also improved my knowledge and skills in IT, which are very important in my work.

“I’m very surprised and proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist in these awards and I’m also very happy to be starting my full Apprenticeship with Bradley’s. The garage staff and everyone at Powys Training have been very supportive and helpful.”

Jan Hadfield from Powys Training said: “Dale has shown honesty, commitment and exceptional dedication during his time on the Traineeship programme, which is why we put him forward for this award. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to support him in achieving his goal.”

Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert said: “These awards recognise excellence by individuals, employers and learning providers in delivering training. I am delighted with the standard of this year’s finalists and the variety across all ages and sectors, which shows the strength of the skills being delivered in Wales.

“All the finalists have an inspiring story to tell and are great ambassadors for Apprenticeship, Traineeship and other programmes in Wales. The skills acquired through programmes, such as Apprenticeships, provide great benefits to individuals and employers, helping make Welsh businesses more competitive.

“The Welsh Government is committed to creating more apprenticeship opportunities for young people in Wales and continuing to support employers who are willing to offer high quality apprenticeship places.”

The NTfW is a network 116 quality assured work based training providers with links to 35,000 employers across Wales.

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