Welsh capital museum looks forward to national award final

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One of Cardiff’s latest visitor attractions has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award after demonstrating that learning is at the heart of its service to staff and visitors.

The Cardiff Story Museum at The Hayes, Cardiff is one of 36 finalists in 13 categories of the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2013, organised jointly by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW). The museum is shortlisted for the Small Employer of the Year award.

Victoria Rogers, manager of The Cardiff Story Museum.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of learners, employers and providers involved in the delivery of quality apprenticeships and other work-based learning programmes across Wales. The Apprenticeship Programme is funded by the Welsh Government with the support of the European Social Fund.

The winners will be announced at a high profile awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport on Friday, October 18.

The Cardiff Story Museum tells the story of Cardiff through people’s eyes. It already had a commitment to nurture and develop its staff before it opened in 2011. Employing nine front of house and nine office-based staff, the museum has three creative apprentices.

“Learning is at the heart of the Cardiff Story Museum and is integral to its every activity, not only for its community and visitors, but all those who are involved with the organisation,” said museum manager, Victoria Rogers.

“Involvement in the apprenticeship programme demonstrates our commitment to offering a meaningful and extensive experience of the museum sector and shows a real commitment to sustained learning,” added Victoria. “We’ve learned so much from our three apprentices as well as them learning from us.”

Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates said: “The Apprenticeship Awards Cymru remind us of the incredible wealth of talent that Wales has to offer and the outstanding achievements of Wales’ learners, employers and learning providers.

“Apprenticeships play an integral role in our economy. Not only do they provide essential skills and qualifications, but are in themselves life-changing opportunities for young people and, for employers, a major investment that’s paying real dividend to their bottom line and in the skills of their workforce.

“We know that apprenticeships deliver real business benefits and that’s why the Welsh Government, with support from the European Social Fund, continues to invest heavily in opportunities for young people to take up apprenticeships and continues to support employers who want to invest in the future of their workforce.

“Through their passion and dedication, the finalists announced at this year’s awards will inspire countless others to strive for excellence and demonstrate the tremendous impact that vocational training can have. I wish all of our finalists the very best as they continue to make great contributions in their chosen fields.”

Showcasing excellence in skills development in Wales, the awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC with support from media partner, Media Wales.

More than 300 key stakeholders from the vocational education and training sector across Wales are expected to attend the high profile awards ceremony, where guests will dine out with chefs from the Welsh National Culinary Team.

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