CARDIFF and Vale College has celebrated the hard work, success and progression of its learners, recognising a year which saw some of its learners distinguished as being among the best in the world in their fields.

Hundreds of attendees from across the spectrum of local business, education providers and the community joined learners and their families for the College’s 2019 Annual Awards Evening.

The glittering Winter Wonderland-themed ceremony at the College’s City Centre Campus was hosted by broadcaster and former CAVC student Jason Mohammad.

Showcasing highlights of the 2018-19 academic year, the awards also illustrate the unique experiences and progression opportunities CAVC has to offer.

All of the students recognised on the evening have either won national, international or regional competitions in their chosen disciplines; progressed into apprenticeships and employment with renowned companies; gained places in subject leading universities or performed exceptionally in their studies.

CAVC Principal Kay Martin said: “The Cardiff and Vale College Annual Awards Evening is one of the key highlights of my year, and every year it seems to get better and better.

"The standard of students we have celebrated this evening and what they have achieved has been outstanding.

“However proud I am of all of the learners we have recognised with these awards, there does have to be one overall winner and he is one of the best in his field in the world.”

Jessica Dix, 28, of Barry, was the winner of the Building Services Award.

Breaking through in the traditionally male-dominated heating and ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning industry, she won the regional title in this year’s WorldSkills regional heats and will go on to compete in the UK finals in 2020.

“Winning this award is amazing,” she said. “It’s nice to know that all of your hard work has paid off and I’ve done this for my mum and dad and everyone else who has believed in me for the last few years.”