“Exceptional learner” Adam Griffiths is totally focused on developing a rewarding career with Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council’s Strategic Projects Team.
He’s working towards a Higher Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering) through Bridgend College and using his skills and knowledge to implement highways improvements.
Adam, 29, from Ynysybwl, is a finalist in this year’s Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards in Wales, which are designed to reward individuals and organisations for their commitment, hard work and achievements.
The awards ceremony will be held at The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff on May 3 to coincide with VQ Day. The awards are organised by the Welsh Government in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), ColegauCymru / CollegesWales and Qualifications Wales.
A VQ Learner of the Year – Intermediate finalist, Adam has already achieved an apprenticeship in Civil Engineering for Technicians, a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and Built Environment and Essential Skills Wales qualifications.
During his apprenticeship, he led improvements to computerised asset management and key performance management systems, making it is much easier and quicker to obtain information, which in turn increased productivity. As a reward for his work, he was recently promoted to senior technician.
What makes his achievements even more remarkable is that he was hospitalised with a suspected brain bleed during his apprenticeship and had to deal with the loss of his mother to cancer in 2015. Working to support his younger sister, he still found time to mentor fellow learners during his apprenticeship.
“Vocational qualifications have enabled me to progress my career,” said Adam. “At some point in the future I would like to own my own business developing software for civil engineering.”
Describing Adam as an “exceptional learner”, Colette Williams, Bridgend College’s work-based learning employer liaison officer, said: “I cannot recall meeting a better ambassador for students, vocational learning and apprenticeships in general.”
Sian Woolson, RCT Council’s employment, education and training manager, praised Adam’s enthusiasm, willingness to learn and desire to use innovative approaches to improve or develop systems.
The VQ Learner Awards recognise learners who clearly demonstrate progression and excellence in vocational studies and have made considerable achievements in their field.
In addition to the award ceremony, learning providers across Wales are being encouraged to organise regional events that engage with learners of all ages on VQ Day.
Vocational qualifications are important to the economy, companies and individuals, as they deliver the trained, talented employees that businesses are crying out for and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.
Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan said: “A VQ award is a symbol of dedication towards a chosen profession, demonstrating to others a real commitment towards personal and professional development.
“The awards help us to celebrate those Welsh employers, learners and trainers who are already going that extra mile when it comes to developing vocational skills and qualifications.”
The Apprenticeship Programme in Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund.
Adam Griffiths focused on his career.