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HRH Prince Charles

His Royal Highness Prince Charles came to visit Merthyr Tydfil to help celebrate The Prince’s Trust 40th Anniversary.

The event was held at Central Beacons Mountain Rescue (CBMRT) in Dowlais.  Taking part in this event was learners from both our Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypridd Prince’s Trust Teams.

It was a bright and sunny day for our teams to actively engage with CBMRT in activities that allowed the Prince to see how The Prince’s Trust Team Challenge and CBMRT work together.  His Royal Highness met the team members and spoke to them individually, who were happy to answer his questions.  They said that they found The Prince easy to speak to and interested in what they were doing and what The Prince’s Trust had to offer them.

His Royal Highness was presented with a photo album containing pictures of the team members and reflective statements of their journeys.  His visit ended with a group photo with all parties involved supporting The Prince’s Trust Team Challenge at Tydfil Training.

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Charity of the Year Visit 2015

On Thursday evening 8th October 2015, the Team from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue were grateful to receive a visit from Paul Gray and the Managers of Tydfil Training. Paul, CEO of Tydfil Training presented the Team with a cheque for £1,700 which was raised by the staff over the period of a year following various activities such as dress down days, fundraising walks and sponsorships. Central Beacons has supported Tydfil Training by providing team members to accompany the younger learners and Prince’s Trust Merthyr on walks to Pen-y-Fan and geocaching at Garwnant. Paul said that it gave him great pleasure to be associated with such a good cause and it was decided by the managers and staff to further support Central Beacons for the forthcoming year.

As a token of our thanks, Paul was presented with an engraved plaque acknowledging Tydfil Training’s continued support of CBMRT. Once again the Team would like to say a big thank you to Paul and all the staff for their generous donation and support.

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In the picture above from left to right are: Keith Ellis, Tom Butler, Sue Type, Delyth Singer, Paul Gray, Penny Brockman and Gayle Sheppard. Behind the camera were Wendy Harris, Mark Hindley and David Pearce.

Sponsored Head Shave

Central heads (1)Last night Central Beacons held a head shave in support of Peter Howells (Central Beacons Chairman) (centre) who unfortunately has cancer.
The group consisted of from top left to right Keith Ellis, Richard Terrell, Lee Faulkner, bottom row Kevin Windmill and Arthur Smith.  With the exception of Keith (our own staff member) who collected from his workmates, friends and family more than £140.00, which will go to Central Beacons much needed fund raising to help purchase a replacement Response Ambulance for the one that was written off last year due to an accident whilst on a call.  The other member of the team have all collected for the Macmillan Cancer Support which with our Macmillan coffee morning  has raised over £1000.  If you wish to donate to us please follow this link.

Employment for two

We are delighted to announce that two of our Learners from Merthyr Tydfil, Charley Lambert (pictured) & Joel Braddock have successfully gained employment with a local mediation company through their Level 1 Traineeship Programme. family matters1

Well done to you both and of course to Family Matters for working closely with us in partnership. May we wish you all, every success for the future!

Young Learners go “Geocaching”

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques (maps) to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

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The day was organised by our Tutors including our very own volunteer member from the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue team to visit the Garwnant Visitors Centre in the heart of The Brecon Beacons National Park.

The group was split in to two teams, the first team took part in the geocaching where they had to find hidden tokens using satmaps (satellite maps) to give them a location.  From there it was searching for the token.  The ‘bunny’ gave them a reward of five pounds but was a little more difficult to find.  All bunnies were accounted for at the end of the day by both teams.  The second team went on a wildlife tour.  They were shown around the animal route with an introduction to ESDGC then after lunch the teams changed over.”following keiths instructions

The day was fine and sunny and all who took part said that they had really enjoyed both activities. Well Done to All!


Three Work Ready Learners




Martin Downey

Over the past 24 weeks I’ve been studying at Tydfil Training obtaining qualifications in Health & Safety Level 2, First Aid Level 2 and Manual Handling Level 2.

I’ve started ICT and progressed through to ECDL Level 1 gaining knowledge via the tutors, who have been brilliant in giving me confidence in boosting my skills.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time there and would highly recommend anyone to go for training and to increase your skills and knowledge.

With my qualifications gained, I hope to further myself in job searching and gain a career.

Catherine Roberts

I really enjoyed my time at Tydfil Training.   I gained certificates in subjects I never thought I would and would never thought of taking.  It will really help with my confidence when applying for jobs knowing that my computer knowledge has been increased so much. I am very thankful for all the help and encouragement received.

Carol Smith

When I first came to Tydfil Training I was worried how I would cope with certain skills, but as the weeks went on I gained confidence.  It helped me progress quickly, I had great tutors that took time and patience with me and the experience of learning in Tydfil Training was fantastic. I feel honoured and privileged to have taken part and it just goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Top Marks for Learner in Merthyr Tydfil

IMAG0656aFor the first time in our recorded history, one of our learners Denise Bove from Merthyr Tydfil has completed her ECDL level two test and received a 100% pass in both parts of the test. A fantastic result, Well Done!

“Before taking the test, I felt I would not pass as I felt very nervous knowing I had to pass both parts of the test to succeed.  I was really surprised to hear I had passed and so happy to hear I had 100% in both parts I was so shocked.” (Denise Bove)


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