Month: April 2013

Green training programme aims to make Wales the BEST

A major new training programme for professionals in the built environment sector aims to put Wales at the forefront of sustainability expertise. Built Environment Sustainability Training (BEST) will offer flexible, subsidised training to develop knowledge and skills in the latest sustainability practices – particularly in construction, energy, waste, and water. Courses will be offered to people who live or work in one of Wales’ Convergence areas, from autumn 2013. The EU-backed programme will be officially launched by Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Jeff Cuthbert, at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on May 1st. “We will pull together the very best training providers to deliver training which will benefit businesses, employees, the environment and the economy of Wales,” said programme director, Dr Julie Gwilliam, of the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. “Training will be for people such as energy assessors and advisors, architects, planners, engineers, maintenance teams, surveyors, site supervisors and many other related roles. We’re especially keen to involve women and people aged over 50 working across different areas of the built environment.” Training will be designed to be flexible through delivery outside of working hours or online in order to minimise inconvenience and time away from work. BEST is led by the Welsh School of Architecture in partnership with, Asset Skills, CITBConstructionSkills, Constructing Excellence in Wales, the Energy Saving Trust, Proskills and SummitSkills. It is...

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GTFM Celebrates ‘Fantastic’ Audience Figures

Pontypridd based community station GTFM is by far the top listening choice in and around the town (CF37 postcode area) and shares the ‘top spot’ with BBC Radio 1 across surrounding parts of Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough, according to independent research published today. When asked to identify stations they’d listened to in the past 7 days, 43%* of radio listeners in Pontypridd said ‘GTFM’, compared to Radio 1’s 26%; Real Radio’s 25%; Radio 2’s 23% and Capital FM’s 21%. *Equivalent to a 41% ‘weekly reach’ of all adults (15+). Meanwhile across GTFM’s wider Rhondda Cynon Taff County FM broadcast area it reaches 28% of all radio listeners in an average week, the same as Radio 1 and ahead of Real Radio and Radio 2 both with 22%; and Capital FM with 19%. “This is marvellous news for GTFM and a fantastic vote of confidence from local people for our brilliant team of highly professional volunteers and support staff” said GTFM’s Station Manager, Terry Mann. “We are often asked for audience figures by prospective advertisers, so we’re enormously grateful to Russell Todd at WCVA for commissioning this survey by Jon Matthews at ‘Funding Eye’. We also appreciate the assistance of the local people who took part and media students from Coleg Morgannwg and the University of South Wales who carried out the ‘in-the-street’ interviews, often in freezing conditions during...

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Rising stars shine in South Wales tournaments

Over 270 rising tennis stars took part in two major South Wales tennis tournaments, the Abergavenny Tennis Squad Junior Open and the Swansea Building Society Junior Open. The Abergavenny tournament, which was the fourth annual event, took place over five cold days, and attracted competitors from as far as Liverpool and London. South Wales winners included Newport’s Sophia Smale, who won the under 8s competition, Swansea’s Dylan Chase, who won the Under 14s, and Penarth’s Alex Glinister, who took home the under 9s honours. “This was the chance to increase the profile of our club while providing county-level competition...

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‘Treorchy Festival talent competition

‘Treorchy Festival is now in it’s 3rd Year, and included in the event this year, we will be holding a talent competition called ‘Treorchy’s Got Talent The Competition is to be held on Saturday 27th July with auditions on the 29th June. To register for the competition go to talent.treorchyfestival.org or for more information email talent@treorchyfestival.org Also included in the event will be street entertainment, stalls in the girls/boys club, fun fair…and lots...

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