Stella Vasiliou

Nineteen-year-old Stella Vasiliou has demonstrated that future career prospects are not necessarily defined by school examination success.

Stella, who lives in Barry, is crafting a promising career as a carpenter with The Vale of Glamorgan Council having initially studied art and design at Cardiff and Vale College for a year.

Through training provider ACT Training, she discovered a range of career options including construction. She completed a Level 1 Traineeship in Construction in just seven months and a work placement at The Vale of Glamorgan Council led to an Apprenticeship in Carpentry, delivered by Cardiff and Vale College.

I would like to prove to others who are leaving school that grades aren’t everything,” said Stella. “You can be successful in other ways.”