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Carpentry students carve a solid future following 100% success

Construction 100%

Back Left to Right: Robert Ford, Josh Seabourne, Ryan Cairns, Owen Ford, Ieuan Jones. Front Left to Right: Students Dean Greg, Margan Plantt, James Mills and tutor, Mansel Powell.


A CLASS of carpentry and joinery students at The College Ystrad Mynach have achieved a 100% pass grade in their diplomas.

The diploma group are now all fully qualified to enter the industry as professional tradesmen.

The three year course, which qualifies participants at level three, is designed to build theoretical knowledge in the classroom and aid practical skills in the workplace.

Starting from one day a week at level one, work placements increase to four days a week by the third year.

Robert Ford, from Mountain Ash, said the course has helped him to develop the skills he needed to open a carpentry business.

The 22 year old said:

“Woodwork was my favourite subject at school and following some research, I thought The College Ystrad Mynach diploma was the best course for me. Our tutors were incredibly supportive and the results are a credit to them, as they helped us achieve our grades and really get the most out of work experience placements.

“The diploma has allowed me to work four days a week as a joiner in Cilfynydd, Pontypridd which has given me valuable experience.

“Now I am qualified, I would like to start my own carpentry business. The knowledge and skills I have learnt on the course will help me achieve this and I am really looking forward to the future”

Level three Course Tutor at The College Ystrad Mynach, Mansel Powell, said:

“I’m so proud of the students’ achievements, as it’s a tough course and long-term commitment.

“Our students have learnt a lot from the classroom and applied that knowledge to practical situations in the workplace.

“We’ve had some fantastic feedback from the businesses we’ve partnered with, which is a testament to our students’ positive attitude and skills.”

Bryn Davies, Principal at The College Ystrad Mynach, said: 

“I’m delighted that our carpentry and joinery students have achieved such splendid results.

“We are committed to forming strong links with local businesses and this demonstrates exactly how well it can work.

“We always look to help our students find employment after their time with us and providing practical experience in the workplace certainly benefits their future prospects.”

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