The Gwynedd and Môn Community Education Network offers courses from as far afield as Holyhead in the north to Dolgellau in the south. This partnership reflects the diverse culture within its boundaries and responds well to the linguistic needs of learners in this Welsh speaking area.

The Network's aim is to develop a coherent, comprehensive and high quality range of community learning opportunities which respond to learners' needs and lead them to further education, employment or training, and also promote well-being.

The partnership was inspected by Estyn in February 2010 and still remains the only ACL Partnership in Wales to gain excellent judgements for all aspects of its work.

Partnership members include: Coleg Menai, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, WEA Cymru, Welsh for Adults Centres, Anglesey and Gwynedd County Councils, Communities First clusters, Bangor University, Age Well, Open University, CAIS, Medrwn Môn and Mantell Gwynedd, Careers Wales, North & Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership, Hyfforddiant Parys Training, Digartref Ynys Môn, CAB.

Never too old to learn!

This is my third year attending the college at Caernarfon. I worked for 7 years as a receptionist at a dental surgery in Caernarfon and, when the job came to an end, I decided to enrol on a basic computer course so that I could improve my IT skills. To begin with, I wanted to learn how to use emails confidently and update my CV to find work.

Since joining the course, I developed an illness and I am now unable to work. However, I have carried on with the IT courses as they are interesting and help me to build confidence and to keep positive.

I decided to come to college to learn more about computers and build on my skills. I had some IT skills before I came to college and the courses I have been on have really helped me to improve my digital literacy skills and my confidence. Some of the things I wanted to learn included online shopping and staying safe online. I am now able to do these things confidently and I now have access to the internet at home.

I like meeting new people and learning things that I wasn’t able to do before.

The course I am currently doing is to help me use a tablet computer. I have learnt a lot about the different applications and how to use the internet on my phone.

Every tutor I have had here has been fantastic. They always make time to talk to me and are helpful and supportive. If you are not sure of something, it is explained to you which helps you to learn and do it better.

The college facilities suit my needs; I have to use the lift to get to class as I cannot manage the stairs anymore.

I am hoping to carry on with these courses in September. It’s nice to be in a class with familiar faces and learn more skills and tips. It helps me to keep positive and I really enjoy it.

These courses are the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I have learnt so much in a short space of time. It has built up my confidence and I am now able to access the internet from home which was one of my goals for joining the course.

I am grateful to all of the staff for their patience and I’d recommend the courses to anyone. You’re never too old to learn!

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Moving to North Wales five years ago, Jiawei joined the English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) course at Coleg Menai, to open up new education opportunities.

Jiawei said: "Before I started I was really nervous. I'd never studied in this country and I didn't know what the classes would be like."

"It felt amazing starting college. The teacher was really friendly; the class sizes were small and we were all the same level of English. We were able to talk about our different cultures and countries. In China school is very formal, we just listen to teachers. We can discuss things with the tutor in ESOL, I was taught a new way of learning."

After studying for three years at the college, Jiawei moved on to study IT, achieving straight distinctions.

"The first year in ESOL was the best of my life. We had so much fun through learning, even going out on trips to learn about Welsh culture."

"I have now accepted a place in Bangor University studying Computer Science! I would never have been able to do this without ESOL."

Jiawei Zhang Computer Science student at Bangor University

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