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The Week That Was #244... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

Uncovering the history of the I’m a Celeb castle. Creating a film for Cardiff High’s prospective 6th formers. Launching the search for Wales’ youngest entrepreneurs. Celebrating an award for an apprentice engineer. A new app from a Swansea University graduate.

Here’s five peeks behind our week at Working Word…


1) Historic property listing for I’m a Celebrity castle uncovered as part of Explore Your Archive week

Millions of viewers across the UK have spent their evenings this week watching celebrities survive viper vaults and other such squeamish tasks, as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! has taken over a castle in north Wales.  But before Ant and Dec rocked up, Gwrych Castle in Abergele had a long and storied history. Ahead of Explore Your Archive Week (Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th November 2020), our team has been working archivists to uncover a property listing from 1946 when the castle was for sale.  We’ve secured coverage all over the UK for the story, with Daily Mirror, Metro, Walesonline and scores of others splashing on our story. Check out the amazing archives pics and listings on the links. 

This insight into the castle’s past has been shared by the North East Wales Archives with accompanying pictures provided by the Gwynedd Archive Service as part of the awareness week which is organised by the UK Archives and Records Association, and supported in Wales by Archives and Records Council Wales. The annual week-long campaign encourages people across Wales to discover something new and exciting within the nation’s archives, whether that’s delving into your own family history or finding out the stories about the people and places at the heart of Welsh communities. To start exploring, why not visit your local archive service online.


2) Sharing the story of learning together



In the second of a series of videos for Cardiff High School’s virtual open evenings we shared the story of Cardiff High’s 6th Form with prospective students. Cardiff High 6th Form offers a choice of 25 A-level subjects on one site, with more than 550 students who come from across the city and beyond Cardiff. As well as its reputation for excellent teaching, learning and results, Cardiff High 6th Form also has a strong team ethos, where students are encouraged to ‘learn together’. Lifelong learning, lifelong friends. Reassuring pupils about the excitement and opportunities that await them.

Our film was shared on the school’s open evening website, as well as on Twitter, where ex-Cardiff High pupil, BBC’s Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen, also spotted the film and shared with his followers.


3) Launching the search for Wales’ most promising young business talent

This week we launched a competition which gives Wales’ budding young entrepreneurs the chance to put their business talent to the test. Enterprise Troopers is an annual competition run by Big Ideas Wales, part of the Welsh Government’s Youth Entrepreneurship Service, which challenges children aged 5-11 to create and run their own enterprises.

This year, the competition – which has gone digital - is open to more children than ever, not only primary school groups. Entries will be submitted through video, and events and judging will take place virtually. School teachers from across Wales are encouraging young people to take part. We’ve been securing coverage in local media across Wales with sharing stories from teachers of how their pupils benefitted from being involved in the competition.

Ysgol Cymerau in Pwyllheli, Gwynedd took part last year and won the Eco award. You can read about it in the North Wales Daily Post.


4) Celebrating a skilled apprentice engineer

This week, we celebrated the success of Coleg y Cymoedd learner Jamie Jones in winning the prestigious ‘Apprentice Endeavour Award’ from the Wales Manufacturing Awards 2020. Hosted by leading national manufacturing organisation Make UK, the awards champion the up-and-coming talents of the manufacturing and engineering industry.

Despite facing challenges throughout his studies and hurdles faced due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Jamie’s resilience and commitment was recognised by his peers, tutors, colleagues, and industry leaders at Make UK. You can read all about his achievement in Wales 24/7, News From Wales and FE News.


5) Cutting queues with young entrepreneur’s new app

This week we’ve been sharing the story of Alex Coldea, a Swansea University graduate from Romania who has developed an app that provides a click and collect service for catering outlets at universities. Putting his computer science degree to good use, Alex began operating his app, Dill, at the beginning of this year with the support of our client Big Ideas Wales, the youth entrepreneurship scheme in Wales that helps young people turn their business dream into a reality. Thanks to Alex’s hard work during the pandemic, Dill will be used at over 30 different food and drink venues across UK universities, serving over 100,000 users across eight campuses.

We shared Alex’s success with media which you can read more about in Wales 247 and News from Wales.