The Wrexham and Deeside-based group was a finalist in the Training Partner of the Year category at the Semta Skills Awards.

Student Ethan Davies was also shortlisted for Technician of the Year thanks to his work at Broughton aircraft assembly company, Electroimpact.

The prizegiving was hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Steph McGovern, with Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton.

Coleg Cambria CEO David Jones said the event – held at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London – has become a key date in the calendar given their involvement over the years.

“It was an honour to once again be nominated in key categories of the Semta awards, and a tribute to the students and staff who put so much into the development of our training and apprenticeships,” he added.

“For it to be held on St David’s Day made it an even more of a special occasion.”

Coleg Cambria was chosen among the elite colleges in the UK for its delivery of training, notably in engineering, complementing its Queen’s Anniversary Prize for further and higher education provision in 2014.

Success was also measured in the increasing supply of skilled employees in the region, with more than 450 Semta apprentices plying their trade and learning with the institution and global giants such as Airbus.

The launch of a new £10 million Engineering Technology Centre in September reinforced the group’s focus on training the next generation of industry out of north east Wales.

Nick Tyson, Assistant Principal and Director of Curriculum for Engineering and Construction at Coleg Cambria said: “We have worked hard to secure and build on partnerships with industry, locally and on the national and international stage.

“To be recognised by Semta is a huge honour for Coleg Cambria, and drives us to improve even further – to inspire, innovate and succeed are a key focus for all of us.”

The Semta Awards cap an outstanding 12 months for the college which included its best ever A level results, glowing staff satisfaction rates and an annual turnover of £60 million.

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