Tonypandy College

27 November 2015

New partnership will make Valley’s college top of the class

Staff from Wales’ largest building society will go back to school to help young people in Rhondda Cynon Taff as part of a new long-term partnership.

Principality Building Society has teamed up with Tonypandy Community College, a secondary school in Rhondda Cynon Taff, through Business Class, a programme which partners businesses with schools for mutual benefit.

Working together over the course of three years, Principality and Tonypandy Community College will be carrying out financial education and employability skills activities as well as collaborating with teachers on curriculum support and resources.

Harriet Lewis, Principality Building Society’s Tonypandy branch manager said: “Business Class is a fantastic initiative which allows us to engage with young people that live close to our branch here in Tonypandy. We’ve had very successful programmes with other schools across Wales, and we can’t wait to get started on the three year partnership with Tonypandy Community College.

“Principality is proud to be at the heart of communities across Wales and the borders, and we hope that this scheme will further raise the aspirations of young people in the area and give them a taste of real working life before they enter the workplace.”

To launch the Business Class partnership, a group of Year 9 pupils visited Principality’s St David’s Branch and Head Office in Cardiff, where they received an induction session about the Society and took part in team challenges.

Helen O’Sullivan, head teacher from Tonypandy Community College, said: “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity for our students to learn new skills and be inspired by Principality. Our students will benefit hugely from the business knowledge as well as education in financial issues which we hope will prepare them for their future. The staff and students are looking forward to what the partnership will bring to the College.”

Rosie Sweetman, Director of Business in the Community Cymru, said: “There has been a huge response from business wanting to be a part of the rollout of Business Class, and together with Careers Wales we’re aiming to forge a further 60 partnerships in this academic year. Business Class not only equips young people with the skills and experience they need to build successful working lives in the future, but can also deliver valuable benefits back into companies – such as team leadership and communication skills; improved local reputation and a more engaged workforce.”

The partnership with Tonypandy Community College will build on the work Principality has already been doing with Llanishen and Glyn Derw high schools in Cardiff, which the Society has been supporting for three years. Principality intends to have a Business Class partnership in each of their business regions over the coming months.

Commenting, Richard Spear, Chief Executive from Careers Wales said: “It is great to be continuing our work on the Business Class project across Wales in partnership with BITC Cymru .

“It is fantastic to see such an important Welsh company, Principality Building Society, getting involved in Business Class and helping to build sustainable links between schools, young people and local employers. By working together in this way, we can all help young people across Wales achieve their potential.”

Principality Building Society is committed to supporting the Welsh community and provides sponsorship for various organisations across the country. Earlier this year, it was crowned as Wales’ Responsible Large Business of the Year 2015 at the Wales Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner. 

Published: 27/11/2015