A COLLEGE with campuses in Caerphilly is seeking former learners who can inspire the current generation to academic success and career confidence.

Coleg y Cymoedd which has a campus in Ystrad Mynach as well Aberdare, Nantgarw and Rhondda is one of 400 schools and colleges working with the education charity Future First to harness the talents and experience of alumni to support current learners.

The college was formed in 2013 when Coleg Morgannwg and The College, Ystrad Mynach, merged and is hoping to contact former learners of the two colleges plus its predecessors; Aberdare College, Pontypridd College, Rhondda College, Rhymney College and Glamorgan Centre of Art and Design Technology.

It hopes former learners in established careers and recent leavers now in higher education can motivate the current learners and help broaden their jobs horizons by acting as career and education role models, work experience providers, mentors, governors and fundraisers.

Karen Phillips, deputy principal at Coleg y Cymoedd said: “We signed up to Future First’s scheme as we want our former learners to be part of the college’s story and to share their success stories with us.

“I know we’ve had learners who have gone on to exciting careers and a network of such learners, with all their valuable experience will help broaden our learners’ horizons and inspire them to aim higher.”

Christine Gilbert, executive chairwoman of Future First and a former Ofsted chief inspector, said: “Every state learner should have the opportunity to succeed in life after college, regardless of their background.

“If learners see ‘people like me’ have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too.

“They work harder and have higher expectations of success.

“We want more schools and colleges to see the benefits of using their alumni as a powerful resource.”

Marketing officers at Coleg y Cymoedd are waiting to hear from former learners on marketing@cymoedd.ac.uk.

Former learners can also register with Future First by clicking the “For former students” link on the website www.futurefirst.org.uk.

For further information contact Sue Crabtree on sue.crabtree@futurefirst.org.uk or Marie Power on marie.power@futurefirst.org.uk.

You can also call one of the Future First team on 0207 239 8933.