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Initiative with National Trust to aid Conservation Project

Students at Coleg Llandrillo have had the unique opportunity to assist with a conservation project, organised by the National Trust, being carried out in the grounds of Penrhyn Castle in Wales.

The scheme, which allows students to attend and take part in conservation activities once a week, has involved students from the college’s “Intro Connect” course, in addition to a few students on “Connect to” courses. The one year “Intro Connect” course provides young people with an introduction to the world of work by allowing them to gain a practical insight through experience of an entry level role.

The experience will widen the students” career options and will allow them to make well informed decisions about which career path they would like to follow. Some students may progress from an “Intro Connect” course on to a more in depth course in a subject of their choice such as a “Connect to” course or other mainstream courses.

Come Rain or Shine”¦

Training in core skills such as Basic Skills, IT and Citizenship will be available for all students with access to vocational units in areas such as Health & Social Care, Hospitality &Catering, Arts &Media and practical skills.

A tutor from the college, Julie Pelham, stated that staff from the college and the National Trust had been “really impressed with the students” hard work and dedication.” She was especially impressed that attendance did not suffer in the frequently “cold and wet weather.”

She also praised staff at Penrhyn Castle for their enduring support, which she feels has contributed greatly to the overall success of the project. She described the entire process as a “positive, enjoyable and rewarding experience” for the students involved. Pelham also extended her warm gratitude to Tracey Hockin, Penny Humphries and Matt Chinnery who accompanied the students and provided a continual source of encouragement and support.

The students who took part in the programme were Richard Ballam, Laura Weed, Simon Williams, Joanne Williams, Emma Samuel, Wayne Turnbull, Carl Roberts, Alex Dyson and Jamie Brown. All of us at FE News would like to congratulate them, and look forward to hearing more from all the students who work hard every day, and the educators who work hard alongside them!

Sara Hashash

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