• A LEADING North Wales college has been shortlisted for three of the UK’s top further education awards.

Coleg Cambria has been nominated for the College of the Year prize at the Times Educational Supplement (TES) FE Awards 2018, held in association with the Education and Training Foundation.

The group, based in Deeside and Wrexham, will also contest the Best Teaching and Learning Initiative and Assessor of the Year categories, with Work Based Learning assessor Tim Robinson selected for his work in the fields of aerospace and electrical engineering in the category Assessor of the Year.

CEO David Jones said the news comes after a successful 2017 in which Coleg Cambria launched a new engineering technology centre, unveiled a £3million business school and saw two of its learners represent the UK at the WorldSkills final in Abu Dhabi.

“To again be shortlisted is a huge honour for us, and follows an incredible 12 months,” said Mr Jones, who was named FE Leader of the Year by the TES in 2017.

“Teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do, with our students and partners the priority, so for the Uniformed Public Services (UPS) team to have been nominated is for exceptional and innovative teaching and learning is particularly pleasing and a testament to our hard-working and dedicated staff.”

He added: “I would also like to congratulate Tim for the plaudits he has received, which are well deserved.

“He is at the forefront of our work with companies in the aerospace and electrical engineering sectors and is a hugely positive and motivating member of the team.

“Over the past nine years he has been the driving force behind the success of many apprentices who have gone on to begin successful careers in industry.

“We are thrilled that he has been chosen and look forward to the awards ceremony in February.”

Coleg Cambria’s Uniformed Public Services (UPS) Team was selected as a beacon of success among FE institutions due to their development of a modern flagship programme, which produces fit, highly qualified, employable learners who meet the needs of today’s uniformed services.

Key to its improvement was a shift in focus which saw them rebuild the programme around the skills learners need to be successful.

These included development in resilience, team-working and problem solving, and lifestyle choices.

“At Coleg Cambria the student’s entire journey is important to us; not just what they learn in the classroom, but their health, social skills and wellbeing,” said Mr Jones.

“For this to have been recognised by the TES panel shows that we are moving in the right direction and continuing to improve, which is vital to our future success, and, more importantly, that of the students.”

The TES Awards celebrate excellent and innovative practice across the further education sector and are now in their seventh year.

With colleges and training providers having submitted a record number of entries, this year’s awards – which will take place at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on February 23 – are set to be the biggest yet.

TES FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Our expert panel of judges was extremely impressed with the calibre of entries and I look forward to celebrating the excellence that exists across the FE sector. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted entrants.”

Apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton, who will be attending the ceremony, added: “Congratulations to those excellent institutions on the shortlist, as well all those doing their bit to provide high-quality education and training right across the country.

“We need a world-class FE provision in order to create more opportunities for young people and provide businesses with the skills they need. The TES FE Awards give us the opportunity to recognise examples of exceptional leadership in the sector, providing inspiration for others looking to follow.”

For more information on the range of courses and apprenticeships available at Coleg Cambria, visit www.cambria.ac.uk

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