Only way is up for Cameron

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Cameron Thomas is literally climbing his way to the top. The 17-year-old has discovered his vocation at indoor climbing and activity centre Boulders and is determined to leave behind his troubled teenage years.

Cameron started on a Traineeship Engagement programme in our Cardiff centre before progressing to a Level 1 qualification in Customer Service. His placement at Boulders has led to additional paid work at weekends and the opportunity to take the first steps on the road to becoming a qualified climbing instructor.

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Dedication helps Callum find a job helping Torfaen communities


Callum, 20, from Penygarn, Pontypool, left school with only two GCSEs. When faced with unemployment he volunteered with Torfaen Voluntary Alliance to gain work experience. TVA assists organisations to secure funding, provides advice on charity law and training and promotes volunteering.

After two months he was offered a receptionist opportunity via the Welsh Government’s Jobs Growth Wales programme. In September last year, he accepted a permanent role with a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Administration and hopes to progress to an apprenticeship later this year.

Now his commitment has been recognised, as he has been shortlisted for the Jobs Growth Wales Outstanding Achiever Award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which take place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on October 20.

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From warehouse assistant to director: how an apprenticeship helped Adam’s career

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Former Itec Apprentice, Adam Harvey has been shortlisted for the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru! Adam, now 28, left school with an impressive 13 GCSEs and has since gained an Apprenticeship in Management and an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Higher Apprenticeship Level 5 in Management.

Adam joined Magnet & Steel, a Welsh company specialising in products for the pet retail trade in 2007 as a general warehouse operative. Due to his outstanding contribution to the growing business he has been promoted through the ranks and now proudly holds the position of Operations Director.

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Qualifications for Childcare Professionals


We are delighted to announce that we are now one of the chosen delivery partners for ‘Progress for Success’, a new work-based training programme launched by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund.

Progress for Success has been specifically designed to provide professionals within the early years, childcare and play sector with nationally recognised qualifications at no financial cost. Combined with our other programmes, Itec is now able to deliver Children’s Care Learning and Development (CCLD) qualifications at Levels 2, 3 and 5, regardless of age.

For further information please contact us on 029 2071 3689 or email


Animation graduate brings vintage clothes back to life


A computer animation graduate has achieved her dream of working in the fashion industry following a Jobs Growth Wales placement which has helped transform a Cardiff based business.

In just five months, Kadesha Affrica Drija has used her technical skills to help Blue Honey Vintage clothing shop in the city’s High Street Arcade begin selling online through the company’s first website.

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Good Training Can Profit


Steve Doyle, our managing director discusses how to optimise your employees’ skills and harness their potential through effective, targeted training.

In a rapidly evolving economy, businesses are continually being challenged to make sure teams have the right expertise, competency and skills to deliver.

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The Positive Impact of Apprenticeships on Businesses


Ceri Murphy, our Managing Director looks at the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and shares insights into the positive impact apprenticeships can have on businesses:

Currently 250,000 businesses across the country offer apprenticeship schemes, and with the Government hoping to create three million more placements with funds from the new Apprenticeship Levy the number is only going to rise.

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Cardiff IKEA recruits their first Apprentices

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ITEC and Apprentices at IKEA Cardiff Bay


Itec Skills & Employment working alongside The Vine Trust has recruited the first ever intake of apprentices to be hosted by IKEA in Cardiff.

Dale Edwards, 18, from Llanrumney, Ryan Taylor, 18, from Llanedeyrn, Andrew Boulton, 20, from Barry, Jemma Deverell, 22, from Barry, and Tyrell Mottram, 21, from Ely, will complete retail apprenticeships with the Swedish giant. They will receive regular training and support in-store from one of Itec’s specialist assessors, based at their headquarters on nearby Penarth Road.

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The Benefits of Workforce Development


There are a number of business benefits when choosing to invest in your staff, here are Itec’s top 5 reasons to develop your current workforce.

1. Improve Staff Morale and Promote Job Satisfaction
Training within the workplace encourages your employees to take an active interest in their own development and helps them to progress in their current job role. It demonstrates to your workers that you value them and encourages loyalty to your organisation and improves staff self-esteem.

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Jobs Growth Wales Case Study | Ryan Hyde


When Ryan first joined Itec on the Traineeship programme in July 2013 he struggled with personal issues that made it very difficult for him to hold down a job. However, through sheer willpower and with support from his tutor he broke out of this downward spiral and sought a chance to prove himself.

In February 2014 he progressed onto the Level 1 Customer Service programme and secured a place at the Eden Centre, an indoor active children’s play area in Aberbeeg, Blaenau Gwent. He impressed his employer Peter Jones to the extent that he was offered a Jobs Growth Wales position after his traineeship placement ended.

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