Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Further Education Awards Ceremony 2018 was held recently at the Dolgellau campus, with Ysgol y Moelwyn Headmaster Mr Dewi Lake as Guest Speaker.  Former student and last year's Student of the Year, Caio Glyn Jones also spoke during the Ceremony, sharing his positive experiences of studying there and thanking the staff for putting him on the right path to success.

This prestigious end-of-year event celebrates the best achievements of its outstanding Further Education learners.  Whilst recognising the students' academic accomplishments, these Awards also recognise other attributes such as self-development, extra effort, journey travelled, helping others and good attitude. Every winner received a striking wooden trophy handcrafted by local craftswoman Miriam Jones. 

The Hall was buzzing with guests - family, tutors and friends - who had all come to support the award-winning students; and they enjoyed a delicious buffet prepared in-house by Dolgellau site's Canteen staff, headed by Lisa James, as well as a musical interlude by local Folk musicians. 

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Principal Linda Wyn opened the Ceremony and the individual tutors and some of the sponsors then presented the awards to their nominated students.

Overall Student of the Year 2018 went to Plumbing Student Thomas Thomas from Penrhyndeudraeth.  Tom, apprenticed to AER Cymru whilst completing his studies with us, may well be competing in Russia at World level next year if all goes to plan!  That would make him the best young plumber in the World.

Linda Wyn said:

Thomas Thomas has been enthusiastic and passionate about his work from the very beginning and is a perfectionist in all aspects of his work, both practical and theory.

Tom was put forward to compete in skills competitions from the start of his studies with us because it was clear that he not only possessed great hands-on skills in plumbing, he also had the right 'can-do' attitude and calm approach needed to do well in them.

Tom won the Gold medal for Wales in June 2017, competing against 8 competitors from across Wales. He then competed at UK level in November 2017 and was selected for the UK Squad, which put Tom in the top 4 young plumbers in the UK!

Next is an opportunity to represent the UK in the Euro Skills competition in Budapest, Hungary and then World Skills in Kazan, Russia. Tom has now won his position as one of the last two in the competition!

Between now and February 2019, Tom will continue to compete to qualify for the World-level competition in Kazan in August 2019.

It is fair to say that Tom has made a special impression on Staff and fellow students.  Everyone here is proud of him and we wish Tom every success and luck on for this unforgettable journey.

Thomas Thomas said:

I feel so privileged to have won Student of the Year 2018.  I came to Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor because I wanted to be a Plumber and, three years later, I have gained the qualifications and skills I need, I have an apprenticeship, and I am Student of the Year!   

Being at College has given me a wide set of skills as well as the right qualifications to achieve this goal.  I plan to run my own plumbing company eventually and it is thanks to the College and the brilliant support I have been given all along by my tutors that I am now with the right qualifications and skills to work towards this.

Paige Coaley from Y Bala won the Glesni Davies Memorial Award for Excellence in Sports. 

Principal Linda Wyn said:

Paige has successfully completed her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Outdoor Adventure course with us, during which she learned diverse activities including climbing, hill/mountain skills, paddle sports and bouldering. 

Paige receives this award today because of her excellent attendance record and great determination to complete her assignments whilst having support with dyslexia. Paige has been part of the Physical Literacy programme promoting the "team train campaign" for other students in the college.

She is a Level 1 badminton coach and she has shown herself to be a key team player when planning sessions.

Paige is a student who has worked exceptionally hard to really develop her skills and now has an exciting career path ahead of her -she has been accepted at Chester University to study International Tourism Management in September. We wish her every success for the future.

Paige said:

I am thrilled to win this award.  I would like to thank the staff at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor who helped me pick the right course, which I really enjoyed because I had such a keen interest in the subject area.  I learned so much on the various trips we went on and learning was fun.  I am now on my way to University and would like to thank the tutors, who helped me get the grades I deserved.

A summary of the Prize winners is as follows:

  • A Levels - Harri Miller, Joshua Davies, Awen Williams, Elin Roberts
  • Independent Living Skills - Llinos Parry, Kieran Evans
  • Health and Care - Aimee Lyn Owen, Amy Roberts
  • Art and Design - Ryan John, Rosalyn Blow
  • Business - Leah Ward, Josh Price
  • Adult Community Learning - John Riley
  • Service Industry - Business Administration - Damian Kzerniak
  • Construction and Engineering - Owen, Ifan, Thomas Allday
  • Glesni Davies Memorial Award - Paige Coaley
  • 14 - 16 Provision - Kayleigh Wells
  • Betsi Cadwaladr Award - Ellen Hughes
  • Student of the Year Award - Thomas Thomas

The Ceremony was closed, with special thanks extended to the following Sponsors of the awards:

Abbey Décor

Post 16 Education Consortium

Crystal Cymru

Cwmni Seren

Gwin Dylanwad


Huws Gray


Bangor University

National college of wales

Ysgol Ardudwy

Ysgol y Moelwyn

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