Coleg Cambria have been shortlisted from hundreds of entries for four top prizes in this year’s prestigious Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards for Further Education.

The college has been selected in the categories FE College of the Year, the college’s CEO David Jones has been shortlisted for FE Leader of the Year and two Work Based Learning assessors, Yvonne Evans and Rosemary Gilmartin, have both been chosen for the Assessor of the Year Award.

The annual TES Awards mark the successes of the very best FE providers in the UK and recognise the dedication and expertise of the people who, on a daily basis make a significant contribution to improving the skill levels of young people and adult learners. Being shortlisted is a great privilege and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate hard work and achievements.

Cambria’s clear vision for excellence and high performing, learner-first culture resulted in the college being shortlisted for the prestigious FE College of the Year Award. The college’s submission for the award centred on how it has maximised merger opportunities and rapidly established itself as a leading UK education provider with innovative, dynamic staff who care passionately and know how education can change lives.

The coveted FE Leader of the Year award is aimed at recognising exceptional leadership in FE in the UK. David Jones has been shortlisted for leading the college through a series of highly successful mergers involving four North Wales FE colleges, including transforming two land-based colleges into vibrant campuses with dramatically improved student numbers, finances and outcomes. Colleagues and partners in the region describe him as being dynamic and inspirational, wholly committed to putting all learners first, inspiring them to engage, learn, develop and achieve successful progression into further learning, employment or higher education.

Work based learning assessors Yvonne Evans and Rosemary Gilmartin have both been shortlisted for the TES FE Assessor of the year Award. This award seeks to reward those individuals who have inspired apprentices to success whilst also making a major contribution to educational life through their knowledge, skill and passion.

David Jones said:

“I am honoured to be considered for the Leader of the Year award and am indebted to students, staff, governors and all our partners for their amazing commitment and support. The continued success of the college over the past years has been very much a Team Cambria effort and I’m extremely proud to lead such an outstanding and dedicated team.

“I’m truly delighted that Coleg Cambria has also been recognized nationally as a leading further education provider by being shortlisted as College of the Year. This nomination reflects the dedication, expertise and ambition of everyone at the college who work tirelessly to stretch, challenge and inspire all learners to explore and achieve their full potential.

“I would also like to congratulate Yvonne Evans and Rosemary Gilmartin for being shortlisted for Assessor of the Year, along with the best from across the UK. They are both wonderful examples of the enthusiastic and passionate staff that we have at the college.”

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane at the end of this month.

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