Mike James was appointed as the first Chief Executive for Cardiff and Vale College when it was formed in 2011. His clear vision to transform education and training across the Capital Region of Wales has seen the development of new world class learning facilities including the City Centre Campus on Dumballs Road, Automotive Centre and the realisation of the Eastern High School in partnership with Cardiff Council.
In 2016, the College came together with ACT Training to form the Cardiff and Vale College Group, and in 2017, ALS (previously Acorn Training) also joined the Group.
Cardiff and Vale College Group is now one of the largest Colleges in the UK, and engages with 30,000 learners each year to deliver full time and part time qualifications, apprenticeships, university level qualifications, and bespoke employer training and development.
The College trains 14,000 apprenticeships each year, working with more than 3,000 employers across the Capital Region.
Mike’s focus for the future will be the delivery of the Canal Park Community Learning Centre, expected for completion in 2020; and two large new campuses announced in the Vale of Glamorgan, which will open in 2022. The Barry Waterfront Campus will offer a range of vocational and further education courses; and a new aerospace and advanced manufacturing campus at Cardiff Airport will include STEM and cybersecurity training fatalities.
Mike is an Engineer with 22 years of experience in the FE sector, having held senior posts in both City of Bristol and a major London College prior to his leadership of CAVC. Mike also holds responsibilities as the Worldskills Ambassador for Wales, and as Chair of the All Wales City and Guilds Advisory Board.