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Students help companies boost tourism

Travel and tourism students at Coleg Sir Gâr are helping Carmarthenshire tourism companies to boost their businesses to attract more visitors to the county.

Students have delivered a workshop to businesses to help them use social media as a promotional tool.

Under the umbrella of Carmarthenshire Tourist Association, which has strong links with the college, is a group called Carmarthenshire Farm and Country Holidays which are a range of businesses that provide farm and countryside accommodation in the county.

Students were partnered with various businesses in a training day at the college, which has received significant positive feedback from those taking part.

Jackie Dare, owner of Cynyll Farm, Llandgadog said: “Thanks very much for being so helpful and patient, I have a lot of information to go home with and do my homework and I would very much like another course to refresh.”

Sharon, Richards, owner at Tan y Lan Fach holiday cottages said: “The course I attended was possibly one of the best training courses I have attended. 

“The students helping me were helpful, very patient and ultimately knowledgeable, not just with the social media aspects of the course but with the tourism field, it was great, can we please come again?”


Pics:   Coleg Sir Gâr travel and tourism student Leah Edwards, pictured with members of Carmarthenshire Farm and Country Holidays with lecturer Gareth Harvey 


Lecturer invited to demonstrate at Crufts

An animal studies lecturer at Coleg Sir Gâr has appeared on this year’s Crufts with her terrier Muffin, after they were both invited to perform a demonstration in the main ring of the event.

Muffin, a parson Russell terrier and Lauren Rees, demonstrated the skills required to compete in canicross, a growing sport involving cross-country running with dogs, originating from sled dog sports.

Lauren Rees said: “Muffin and I have been competing regularly in the sport for a number of years.

“Muffin is one of the smallest dogs who competes in the sport as it’s more commonly associated with pointer and husky type of dogs, but she manages to hold her own and we regularly achieve times similar to some of the bigger breeds.”

The pair were livestreamed on YouTube and highlights will be shown on Channel 4. 


Steel industry celebrated in collaborative exhibition

Sarah Hopkins, a Swansea-based printmaker and head of creative industries at Coleg Sir Gâr, is part of the driving force behind POWER, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary project with artists Martyn Ware and Tracey Moberly.  

POWER is a site-specific and immersive audio-visual exhibition that celebrates and reflects on the UK’s steel manufacturing heritage in a post-industrial age.

Sarah Hopkins, Tracey Moberly and Martyn Ware, have created a multi-sensory experience for visitors using soundscapes, collagraphic works and projections showing abstracted visuals from steelwork processes.  

The three artists discovered their fathers had life-long careers within the UK steel industry, they were brought up appreciating the significance and importance of industry and manufacture on their doorstep and this had an influence on their individual artistic practice. 

The two-week exhibition takes place at Trafalgar Warehouse in Sheffield from March 30 and is free for visitors.

The exhibition will open with INGOT, a performance piece choreographed by University of Wales Trinity Saint David dance students, who have been working with multi award-winning choreographer and dancer, Gwyn Emberton. 

Sarah Hopkins, printmaker and head of creative industries at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “This project has been four years in the making, and it’s great to see it finally coming together. 

“We plan to bring elements of this exhibition to Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli in May, where it will feature alongside Ignite, the annual showcase of work created by our BA dance students.” 


Pics: Swansea-based printmaker and head of creative industries at Coleg Sir Gâr, Sarah Hopkins (left) (photo credit Beth Allender), Martyn Ware, music producer, Heaven 17 musician and co-founder of the Human League and Tracey Moberly a London-based multi-media artist.

Learn more about Power Project


Beacon Bursary competition launched

Entries are now being taken for this year's Beacon Bursary competition.

Budding entrepreneurs from the county are being urged to enter this year's competition, which was launched at Coleg Sir Gâr's Graig Campus.

The prize on offer has been increased this year to £5,000 along with a year's free office space in the Beacon Centre for Enterprise in Dafen, Llanelli. The winner will also be offered mentoring support in a bid to develop their business. Two runners-up will receive £2,000 and six months free office space and £1,000 and six months free office space respectively.

The Beacon Bursary is open to further and higher education students living or aiming to set their business up in Carmarthenshire.

The annual competition is delivered through Carmarthenshire County Council in conjunction with Coleg Sir Gâr and University of Wales Trinity Saint David and forms part of the council's commitment to developing entrepreneurship within the county.

Last year's winner was Lian Cara Poulson from Llandovery whose winning proposal was to establish her own fashion label. She impressed the judges with her blend of creative talent, commercial vision and professional business plan and presentation.

Carmarthenshire Council leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: "The aim of this competition is to nurture our county's entrepreneurs and to offer them not only a chance to have a base to grow their business, but also to provide support from a team of business mentors from the private and public sector.

"Previous winners have told us how invaluable winning this competition has been and I look forward to discovering all the new entrepreneurs we will meet through this competition this year."

Coleg Sir Gâr Principal Barry Liles said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to not only start or develop their own business but to receive the mentoring support that is all so crucial for a successful start-up.

"Last year we were thrilled to present our fashion degree student Lian with the award, who has since continued her business which was recently recognised and published by Vogue magazine."


The closing date for expressions of interest is March 29, 2018.

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College's Film Club nominated for Into Film award


Students at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Film Club are set to walk the red carpet having been nominated for a national award at the 2018 Into Film Awards. 

Their Into Film club has been nominated for its exceptional engagement with film.

Staff and students are invited to attend a star-studded ceremony to be hosted by TV and radio presenter Gemma Cairney at BFI Southbank on Tuesday, March 13.  The Awards are hosted by film education charity, Into Film, who engage with over half of UK schools and count Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Sheen and Naomie Harris among its ambassadors.  

The awards pay tribute to outstanding five-19-year-olds who have shown exceptional achievement in filmmaking, film reviewing or within their film clubs, and to educators who have demonstrated inspirational use of film in the classroom at the annual awards. 

Into Film clubs are free for state-funded schools and non-school settings, such as youth clubs and libraries. They are also offered to Independent schools for a fee. Each club has access to a catalogue of over 3000 films, numerous resources, a range of activities and exclusive events, as well as training and development support from Into Film. 

Film Club leader at Coleg Sir Gâr, Richard Lewis, said: “I’m immensely proud of the way our students have been involved with Film Club.  Our students range from 16 to 19 and watch, discuss and review films on a weekly basis.  

“They also make and show their own films, and have been fortunate to visit film studios in South Wales, attend industry events and meeting world-class talent from across the UK.  

“The students themselves run their Film Club, and have created an inclusive, supportive learning environment where students with a range of abilities and backgrounds meet to enjoy film.  

“By providing our students with these incredible opportunities, Into Film puts film at the heart of learning - inspiring and informing the next generation of creative talent.”


Google invite for innovative lecturer

Following an award for outstanding use of technology in education, a Coleg Sir Gâr lecturer and his students were invited to spend a day at Google’s London office.

Charlie Hammond, a lecturer in outdoor adventure last year received a Pearsons Silver Plato award, an accolade supported by Google, which resulted in a visit to the company.

The visit included talks from senior employees and updates and insights into Google products and services. 

Coleg Sir Gâr lecturer Charlie Hammond said: “Google is well known for how well it treats its staff and that was evident throughout our time there. 

“They have a strong ethos focused on wellbeing that helps staff become very effective and productive, I personally learnt a lot from the experience.”

Outdoor adventure students Emrys Davies said: “Google was an amazing place, full of interesting things at every turn, a really amazing place to work.”

Outdoor adventure student Lauren Rustage added: 'It was hard to believe people actually worked here, it had such a chilled atmosphere, but everyone still seemed busy, what a unique place.” 


Maestro shares insight into UK music industry

Music technology students at Coleg Sir Gâr had an insight into the music industry by Heaven 17 artist Martyn Ware, who also co-founded the Human League.

Students following music and creative media programmes at the college heard how he released his first record at the age of 20 and sold 20 million records globally. They also questioned him about the legalities of signing music contracts, which is a module of study on the music technology course.

As well as a band member, Martyn Ware is also a record producer, and has worked with Erasure and Aretha Franklin. He was a key driver in helping to revitalise Tina Turner’s career and putting Terence Trent Derby on the music map.  

Sarah Hopkins, curriculum head for creative industries at Coleg Sir Gâr, said: “Students were able to learn first-hand about the music industry and through music samples, they learnt about the synthesisers Martyn used in his 40 year career in live and recorded work.”

Sarah is working in partnership with Martyn Ware and artist Tracey Moberly in a multi-disciplinary collaboration in a creative installation, which reflects on the UK’s steel manufacturing heritage in a post-industrial age.


Watch an interview with Martyn Ware by Signed Media. 

Listen to Heaven 17's Come Live with Me

Pic: Coleg Sir Gâr music technology students with Heaven 17 artist Martyn Ware. From left, Steffan Walters, 18 from Carmarthen, Harry Lewis, 16 from Swansea, Ethan Stone, 16 from Llanelli, and Adam Stentiford, 18 from Llanelli 


Town council supporting college academy

Llanelli Town Council is supporting up and coming sporting talent nurtured at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Sports Academy.

The academy, which is open to all students, provides students with the opportunity of achieving their maximum potential in individual and team sports whilst studying a programme area of their choice.

To support student performance, built within the academy timetable are sessions in strength and conditioning, coaching, and physiotherapy support to develop competition performance. Teams play in a range of Welsh and British championships including the televised WRU U18s league and the English Colleges Football Association league. 

The continued support from Llanelli Town Council has a major positive impact on the both the learners and the ability of the academy staff to maximise potential. The influence of the sports academy on individuals’ future sporting careers is evident in the high number of past academy players who are now representing Wales in the Six Nations rugby tournament.  Seven of the men and women playing rugby for Wales experienced the academy system. 

Every year, students are also successful in gaining football scholarships in America and in addition, this year, a former student is heading to the Gold Coast to compete in the Commonwealth Games as a triathlete. 

Along with supporting the delivery of the academy, the Town Council contribution has helped purchase team kits for men’s rugby, women’s rugby and netball. All Academy students have hoodies sponsored by the council to give the academy a professional image.

Llanelli Town Mayor, Cllr. Jeff Edmunds, said: “Llanelli Town Council continues to provide many much needed services across its area for its community and through sponsorship the council continues to support sporting clubs and organisations helping them to deliver not only athletes that can achieve higher honours but also an identity within our community.  

“I wish the college every success in the future.”

Elaine Rees, assistant curriculum head at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “We are very grateful for Llanelli Town Council’s continuous support and for the vital and charitable sponsorship they have provided us with which is essential for the profile of our teams and Carmarthenshire in Welsh and English leagues.”

Picture caption: Councillor Jeff Edmunds, Llanelli Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor Mrs BAL Roberts at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Graig campus in Llanelli with sports lecturing staff and students from the rugby and netball college academies.


Electronics students win at Welsh final

Engineering students at Coleg Sir Gâr have won a silver and bronze at a Welsh final of Skills Competitions Wales.

The electronic and electrical engineering students competed against colleges from north and south Wales in the Advanced Industrial Electronics category.  As part of the brief, competitors were tasked with constructing and testing an electronic circuit where they used their skills in fault-finding followed with a theory test.

Skills Competition Wales, backed by the Welsh Government, offers students, trainees and apprentices in Wales a chance to challenge, benchmark and raise their skills by taking part in local competitions across a range of sectors.

Kevin Chilton, assistant curriculum head for engineering at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “Our students did really well and may be able to progress to future competitions which is great experience for them and has a positive impact on their careers.” 


Pic - Engineering win: from left, bronze winner Jack Pawelco, Coleg Sir Gar competitor William Carey and silver winner James Hartry who all took part in the Skills Competitions Wales’ Advanced Industrial Electronics.


Performance-loving Ffion accepted at Hijinx Academy

A student’s love of performance has earned her a place at Hijinx Academy, the only professional performance training course for actors with learning disabilities in Wales. 

Ffion Gwyther, 21, from Llanelli, is currently studying a foundation course at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Graig campus in Llanelli, a course that helps those returning to education or need additional support with their studies. 

The college helped Ffion on her performance journey by creating a specialist study option on their foundation course, which enabled her to study performing arts as one of her specialist subjects, allowing her to finish college with a level one certificate in performing arts.  

Ffion has risen through the educational ranks at the college, starting with an entry-level course, which teaches life skills and an introduction to college, to a pre-foundation and foundation course.

Kim Goodwin, head of foundation at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “Ffion has absolutely loved the course this year and has been a joy, bringing positivity and enthusiasm for everything along with a very high attendance. 

“I’m delighted we were able to create a pathway into performing arts for her as we knew this would be Ffion’s last year in college so we’re thrilled that she’s progressing to a prestigious academy.”

No stranger to the stage, Ffion is active in treading the boards and has previously appeared in the British comedy-drama, Stella. 


Pic: Ffion Gwyther who has been selected for Hijinx Academy with her 100 Club voucher at Coleg Sir Gâr which she received for 100 per cent attendance




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