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FAQ

HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE CYFLE?

Catrin Elen Rees, our former Office Assistant put together a little video for us, based on a little bug-bear of ours…how people pronounce (or mis-pronounce) CYFLE!

Here’s what she had to say about it -

Having worked for Cyfle over the last few months i have realised how many people fail to pronounce ‘Cyfle’ properly.

From answering the phones, meeting people and attending courses i have come across a variation of pronunciations, the most popular one being ‘Syfle’.

In a bid to put a stop to this, I have made a video for those who are unsure on how to say it. Enjoy!

 

How closely do you work with industry on your courses?

With almost 30 years of working closely with the creative media industries in Wales, as well as across the UK and internationaly, Cyfle has an impressive list of industry contacts.

From providing industry placements, to setting realistic industry briefs, these are the contacts that help make Cyfle training relevant. They are an integral part of any Cyfle course.

Am I eligible for ESF funded courses?

From Autumn 2011 Cyfle will be offering a range of courses and schemes which will be aimed at those who EITHER live or work in European Social Fund areas of Wales.  Relevant courses will be clearly marked on the website.

These courses have been made possible through Skillset Cymru, backed with £2.7m from the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government, with the rest of the funds provided by Welsh broadcaster S4C, the trade association for independent producers in film and television in Wales, Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC).

The overall aim of the Skills for the Digital Economy Programme is to develop and deliver industry-led, flexible, higher level skills provision which meets the needs of Creative Media employers and freelancers living and working in West Wales and the Valleys, supporting the knowledge economy and safeguarding the performance and productivity of the sector in these regions. The project also seeks to significantly increase training opportunities for New Entrants/Junior Professionals in these regions.

In light of this, beneficiaries of these courses must either live or work in the Convergence areas i.e.

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conway
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Torfaen
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent

Please click here to see a map.

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Please contact Shân for a chat about funding your training and eligibility on 01286 668003 or email shan@cyfle.co.uk

What are your Conditions of Booking?

  • Places on courses are only secured upon receipt of the full course fee.  
  • Course fees must be paid in full prior to the course on which a delegate is confirmed.  
  • Payment can be made by BACS/PayPal or by cheque.  
  • Cancellation within a month of the start of a course will make the client liable for the full published course fee.  
  • Course costs are based on the minimum number of delegates advertised.  We reserve the right to reschedule, re-negotiate price or cancel where minimum numbers are not achieved.  
  • In case of course cancellation fees received will be refunded.

 

Do you offer training to people who don't live in Wales?

YES.

Although some of our courses are specifically designed for those living in Wales, other courses are open to everyone from across the UK. 

The decision is normally made based on whether funding has been received by Cyfle to run that course.  This funding will stipulate which geographical area must be targetted. 

If you're interested in a specific course, it will clearly state in the course description whether or not you are eligible to attend the course.

I don't work in the creative industries, can I still attend a course?

Yes, as long as you have the necessary experience or qualifications stated in the course details.  Some courses won't need any at all and are open to anybody.

Over the years Cyfle has offered a wide range of training schemes for new entrants to the creative industries. 

As we train only in small numbers, and exclusively in response to need from industry, recruitment for courses will normally be at varying times of the year, and with anything from a few weeks to a few months notice.

 

To ensure you don't miss any deadlines to apply for courses and schemes, sign up to our newsletter, or join our community on Facebook or Twitter.

 

Click here to visit our full and part-time courses page to see if we are currently running any new entrant training schemes.

Cyfle also offer a wide range of short courses, some of which are designed specifically for those with no industry experience. Click here to find out more.

Do you offer formal qualifications?

Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media (level 3) and the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media - Interactive Media Pathway (level 4)

An apprenticeship is a way of working and learning at the same time.  Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.

There are three types of Apprenticeships:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship
  • Apprenticeship
  • Higher Apprenticeship

There are three different types because different jobs need different levels of qualifications, some higher than others.

The types offered by Cyfle via the Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media is the ‘Apprenticeship’ (a Level 3 qualification), and the 'Higher Apprenticeship' (a Level 4 qualification).

Cyfle works closely with Creative Skillset Cymru (Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council) as well as Cardiff and Vale College Apprenticeships (CAVCA), OCR and AIM (Awarding bodies), employers in Wales and the wider creative industry.


Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice for the Creative Media Industries

Cyfle developed the Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice for the Creative Media Industries, which can be offered in a variety of subject areas, including Multiplatform Production, Research, Production Management and Programming/Development.

These qualifications have been developed in collaboration with the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries/University of South Wales.

 

Health and Safety NVQ

Cyfle also offers a Health and Safety Risk Assessment of a Workplace two-day course, leading to NVQ unit HSO3/006 qualification.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS COURSE.

What kind of training do you offer?

Cyfle runs innovative full time, part time and short courses.  These courses are mainly aimed at industry professionals looking to up-skill or make a career change, as well as new entrants to the industry.

Cyfle also offers a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media, and a Level 4 Higher Level Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media (Interactive Media Pathway).  The dedicated website for the Apprenticeships can be found at www.mediaapprentice.info.

We also offer some courses for people from outside the industry who wish to learn more about how to integrate digital media into their work/activities, e.g. social media, iPhone Apps.  A recent example is a series of very successful Digital Skills Workshops run for Creative and Cultural Skills in Wales.

Every year, our training schemes continuously adapt and develop according to industry needs. This is done through constant contact with companies, freelancers, the Sector Skills Council and broadcasters.

Visit our courses page to find out what we currently have to offer.

Bespoke Training Service

Cyfle also offers a bespoke training service.  Recent examples of this is a Social Media Marketing course which we organised for Cadw staff members, and Final Cut Pro and Shoot and Edit courses for the National Assembly for Wales.

Should you be interested in speaking to Cyfle about working in partnership on a bespoke course for your organisation, please contact Sue Jeffries for a chat on 029 2046 5533 or email on sue@cyfle.co.uk

Do I have to speak Welsh to attend a Cyfle course?

NO.

It is not essential for you to speak Welsh to attend Cyfle courses.

However, on rare occasions, some of our couses are specifically designed for Welsh speakers.  If this is the case it will be clearly marked in the course details.

 

Cyfle is proud to be a fully bilingual (Welsh/English) company and you are cymraeg-logo_Re7uH_case_study_l.jpgwelcome to communicate with us in either language.

Where can I apply for funding to attend your courses?

ESF Funded Courses

If you would like to attend an ESF Funded course, or if you have questions about funding your place on any short course, please contact Shân to talk about your eligibility and funding assistance that may be available to you. 

Shân can be reached on 01286 668003 or by emailing shan@cyfle.co.uk

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Creative Skillset Cymru Freelance Fund

Creative Skillset Cymru Freelance Fund are grants for individuals working in the Welsh TV industry to spend on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training.

It is managed by Creative Skillset and the funding comes from the Welsh language broadcaster S4C and the trade association Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru (TAC).

You will need to contact Creative Skillset directly to access this Fund.  Please click here for further information

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The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to supporting film-specific training. You can benefit directly through funding for training - grants of money towards the costs of courses.

You will need to contact Creative Skillset directly to access this Fund.  Please click here for further information

 

Do you offer work experience?

Yes from time to time and for no more than 10 days.  Please contact us with a copy of your CV and a letter/email detailing why you would like work experience at Cyfle.  Please send this to non@cyfle.co.uk

You may also find the following links useful:

Do you offer careers advice in the creative industries?

We do not offer a careers advice service, however there are many organisations that can help you with useful careers advice. Here are some links we would recommend:

Creative Skillset - the specialist careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) service for the creative media industries.

Go Wales - for information on careers services, careers information and work place skills.

Careers Wales - providing careers hints and tips for people of all ages as well as an Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Jobs Growth Wales matching service.

Where can I find information about previous Cyfle trainees?

Since its establishment in 1986, Cyfle has trained thousands of individuals across a wide range of disciplines, through short courses as well as full and part time courses running for anything from a few months to a few years.

We are very proud of our full and part time course Alumni and what they have achieved over the years, and we would like to make sure that everybody knows how good they are! This is why we have now put together a list of the CYFLE ALUMNI. The Alumni are listed by 'graduation year' in the document.

Cyfle Alumni

NOT LISTED? SEND US YOUR ENTRY

If your name is not there, please let us know who you are, which scheme you attended and which year/s so that we can rectify the situation. You can do this by e-mailing caerdydd@cyfle.co.uk.

 

What has Cyfle achieved over its 28 years?

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Cyfle takes over the management and delivery of the Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media in Wales, working closely with Creative Skillset Cymru (Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council) as well as Cardiff and Vale College Apprenticeships (CAVCA), OCR (Awarding body), Employers in Wales and the wider creative industry.

timeline

2010
Cyfle establish a relationship with the University of Glamorgan in order to create Cyfle’s post-graduate qualification in the form of the Post Graduate Certificate Professional Practice in the Creative Industries.

2008
Cyfle celebrates 21 years of training. Key activities include innovative multi-platform training, training in new priority areas such as Trust and Compliance, Child Protection and Leadership and Management. New courses also for emerging film producers and the targeting of disabled people into the industry.

2007
Cyfle offers new courses in Diversity and Film, and begins its innovative 4 month Digital Animation Lab. Cyfle also trained a record 317 freelancers, company employees and new entrants. 2007 also sees Cyfle deliver its first ever international short course and signifies the establishment of its sister company Cyfle International.

2006
Cyfle’s first training collaboration with BBC Wales and is formally recognised as one of its preferred Training Providers.

Cyfle from Cyfle on Vimeo.

2005
Cyfle becomes the Screen Academy’s Industry Partner and also runs its first ever international placement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


2004
Cyfle becomes one of Skillset’s first Approved Training Partner / Provider.

2001
Cyfle incorporates bilingual training and Media Skills Wales is disbanded. Also, pilot of Cyfle’s flagship course Dimension 10, which was later to be validated as a Post Graduate Diploma.

Dimension 10 from Cyfle on Vimeo.

 

2000
The launch of the Skills Wales Fund for professionals – a one-stop-shop for professional training.

1999
Cyfle’s first candidate achieves the nationally recognised Health and Safety Certificate X3.

1998
Cyfle receives a National Training Awards commendation.

1997
Cyfle Cardiff training centre is opened running its first non Welsh speaking course through Broadcast Training Wales, later to become Media Skills Wales.

1995
Cyfle is awarded ‘Investors in People’.

1994
Cyfle is first centre outside of London to achieve Skillset Approved Assessment Centre Status for industry qualifications. Cyfle also offers Continual Professional Development for industry.

1986
Cyfle’s First Welsh language placement course for 7 new entrants in Caernarfon.

 

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