Grŵp Llandrillo Menai recently welcomed to its Rhos-on-Sea campus a delegation of students from Romania, who took part in an intensive study visit at the college as part of the EU-funded, Erasmus+ exchange programme.
The tenth-grade students from the Mihail Kogălniceanu Economic College in Focşani, enrolled on an intensive, bespoke course within the Hospitality and Catering vocational area, which included practical training modules in food preparation and food services, featuring Welsh produce and themes. College staff worked tirelessly to deliver a programme of cultural and educational experiences for the delegation.
The visitors’ itinerary consisted of a series of lectures and practical workshops in the mornings, combined with educational and social visits in the afternoons.
The students attended a varied programme of classes, as well as getting the opportunity to gain work placements, which were generously provided by a variety of hotels in Llandudno and Deganwy. The visit also included a full cultural programme, which included visits to a range of tourist attractions across North Wales and beyond. These included Manchester United Football Club, the Beatles’ Museum in Liverpool, and Snowdonia.
Romanian tutor, Professor Corina Visan, said:
I really enjoyed all the lectures that we attended; we all learned so much about hospitality and catering. Everything about the visit was outstanding, including the staff, who were both knowledgeable and friendly. We were delighted to have been given such a warm welcome in Wales and to have been able to meet a number of experts involved in hospitality and catering training.
Coleg Llandrillo International Advisor, Charlotte Holt, said:
From early feedback received, the programme was a perfect mix of educational and social activities, and we have inspired the students to further pursue their studies in hospitality and catering. We are hoping that this is the start of many more programmes in partnership with our Romanian colleagues.
Erasmus + is the new 16 billion euro framework programme for education, training, youth and sport. It is built on the well-known and respected EU brand of the highly successful Erasmus student exchange programme. It is divided into 3 principal pillars: education and formation, youth, and sport.
The main objective of Erasmus+ is to improve employability of the youth by acquiring supplementary competences appreciated by employers, as well as improving their language skills and flexibility.
For more information on Hospitality and Catering courses at Coleg Llandrillo, or any other Grŵp Llandrillo Menai campus, call the college’s Learner Services team on 01492 542 338. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai comprises Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.