State of the art engineering centre gets £6.75m boost

State of the art engineering centre gets £6.75m boost

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has received a £6.75 million boost from the Welsh Government to go towards a state of the art engineering centre at Coleg Menai.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams today (6th October) announced a £6.75 million Welsh Government investment in a state of the art further education engineering centre on Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Llangefni Campus, as part of the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme.

The Government’s contribution represents half the cost of the new centre with total investment worth £13.5 million.

Once complete, the centre will enable the college to support a number of additional places for engineering students studying for both vocational and technical qualifications.

The new centre will be located on the same campus as the existing Energy Centre and Construction Centre and together these facilities will help students develop their engineering and construction skills in support of the Wylfa Newydd development.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said:  “This project will not only benefit students wishing to strengthen their engineering skills but also the local economy, allowing highly skilled engineers to live and work in an area which will see major investment with the Wylfa Newydd development.

“The centre will also enable older students and other learners to enhance their skills, improving wider employment prospects.”

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is an umbrella organisation that oversees the operation of its three member colleges: Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.

It is Wales' largest Further Education Institution and one of the largest FE college groups in the UK, employing 2,000 staff and delivering courses to around 34,000 students.

Coleg Menai is one such institution, located in Bangor, Gwynedd. The college also has campuses in Parc Menai, Llangefni, Caernarfon and Holyhead.

The college provides a range of academic and vocational courses including A levels, apprenticeships, English for speakers of other languages programmes and access courses.

It also offers some higher education courses in conjunction with Bangor University, Glyndŵr University and the University of South Wales.