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35th Anniversary of Ynys Môn and Gwynedd Construction Training Group

A construction scheme has stood the test of time and proved that building on firm foundations works just as well in education provision as it does in building skyscrapers and bridges.

The Coleg Menai Construction Section was recently honoured in hosting the 35th Anniversary of the Ynys Môn and Gwynedd Construction Training Group. The evening event was an important milestone in the development of the Group, and was attended by Peter Llewelyn, formerly of the prominent Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). He was joined by D. N. Gurney, who gave his views on resolving construction disputes.

Since the Seventies

Mr. Llewelyn was ideally placed to give the benefit of first hand experience on the scheme and the performance of the Group. He gave his opinions on the formation and development of the Ynys Môn and Gwynedd Construction Training Group, and the performance of the CITB in the area. His involvement was longstanding, and he was instrumental in setting up the CITB Construction courses at Coleg Menai in the mid 70s. He continued to support the college in its endeavours until he retired.

As always at these events, there was a great sense of anticipation surrounding the presentation of the object marking the anniversary. The highlight of the evening, therefore, was the presentation of an engraved decanter to Mr C. E. W. Pritchard of Anglesey Scaffolding (Ynys Môn) Co for his outstanding services to the group during his time with them.

A Close Working Relationship

Over the years there has been a sense of a shared mission and goal between the college and the Group, according to Peter Vickers, Construction Manager at Coleg Menai. He said: “There has always been a close working relationship between the college and the construction group, who have supported the construction section for many years.”

The students from the College were participants in the evening’s festivities, with catering students preparing and serving a meal at the local Friars restaurant. It seems that the evening as a whole has fed the appetite of the College for further skills development work with industry. Mr. Vickers said: “This has provided the college with a very good working relationship with the construction industry and employers, which is critical for the future of construction training in the area.”

Jethro Marsh

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