06 February 2019 16:31
The ambition, skill and enthusiasm of learners, economic impact, staff progression and burgeoning links with industry heavyweights across North Wales were praised, as was the leadership of chief executive David Jones and his management team. Cambria and its partners – including Jones Bros civil engineers in Ruthin, NACRO, Pendine Park Care Organisation, Redrow Homes, Total People, and Plato Training – are the fifth largest provider of apprenticeships in the country. Mr Jones welcomed the report and said Cambria – which has sites in Northop, Wrexham, Deeside and Llysfasi – will continue to work hard to further improve its offering and retain its position among the elite. "The result of this inspection reflects the hard work of staff and the strong relationships we have built with some of the finest training providers and companies in north and mid-Wales," said Mr Jones. Leading North Wales organisations working in partnership with Cambria congratulated the college on another outstanding report.
"Our ongoing partnership with Coleg Cambria has been of great benefit in ensuring we have an appropriately qualified and skilled workforce to work in social care which is now seen by the Welsh Government as a foundation sector for the economy of Wales," said Mr Kreft. "We are delighted to be working with Cambria on developing innovative and flexible programmes for the workplace and are proud that the inspectors have recognised the strength of their approach and their willingness to understand our business priorities and the requirements of modern construction." Coleg Cambria students have joined forces with a popular Wrexham orchestra to create an innovative sensory garden for dementia patients. A team of first year learners from the Horticulture course at Coleg Cambria's Northop site are working with Wrexham Symphony Orchestra (WSO) to transform the space at Wrexham Maelor Hospital Adult Mental Health Unit. Derek Jones of the WSO said Coleg Cambria students will play a key role in producing a garden that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of patients for many years to come. David Jones, Chief Executive at Coleg Cambria, added: "We are proud of the students and thrilled to be able to contribute towards the construction and delivery of this amazing sensory garden.
Glyndŵr University and Coleg Cambria will join the programme to support a more prosperous north Wales and north of England, alongside adventure tourism company Zip World and Wrexham Mineral Cables, a manufacturer of fire-resistant insulated cables. The Northern Powerhouse is the UK Government's vision to maximise economic growth across north Wales and England, to provide well-paid jobs, better local and cross-border transport and to support our world-renowned universities. Each of the new partners took part in a public signing event at the Catrin Finch Centre at Glyndŵr University today alongside Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP and UK Government Minister for Wales Nigel Adams MP. Other Welsh business organisations already signed up to the network of almost 200 Northern Powerhouse partners include defence technology company Raytheon and the North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council. The Partners Programme is an integral part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, bringing together different stakeholders to work alongside government and business with the shared aim of increasing productivity and boosting economic growth across the north of Wales and England.
The Northern Powerhouse is the UK Government's ambition to bring together the great cities, towns and rural communities of the north of England and Wales to drive economic growth, by creating high-value local jobs, modern transport links, and increased investment. I'm proud to welcome our four new partners in north Wales - Zip World, Wrexham Mineral Cables, Coleg Cambria and Glyndŵr University – who share our vision and highlight the diverse range of organisations taking part in the Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme. We are committed to the social and economic development of the region, in fact, the majority of our graduates remain locally upon completion of their studies and work in priority sectors in North Wales, such as advanced manufacturing, so we are well placed to drive forward the skills agenda of the Northern Powerhouse. As a leading exporter of Fire Resistant Cables with manufacturing based in North Wales, we are pleased to have joined the Northern Powerhouse partner programme and are keen to work with other partners, to showcase Wales and the North as a great area for trade and investment. With a range of training provision including Higher Education, Further Education and apprenticeships, we feel we can contribute extensively to the skills agenda for the Northern Powerhouse as well as contributing through our workforce development and business growth activity across the North East Wales and Mersey Dee economy. For more information about the Northern Powerhouse, visit / Through the North Wales Growth Deal, the UK Government is working alongside the Welsh Government and local authorities to drive economic growth and new opportunities across the North Wales region.