A group of students from Coleg Menai's Llangefni campus crossed the Channel recently, and embarked on an educational visit to central France.

Led by tutors Julia Berry and Tanya Neilson, Health and Social Care students Catrin Evans of Llangefni; Charlotte Irons of Amlwch; Ella Williams of Llanfair PG; Kirsty Jones of Menai Bridge; Lowri Davies of Llanllechid and Lauren Jones of Bangor travelled to the university city of Clermont Ferrand, dubbed the hidden gem of the Auvergne region. Here, they met up with Patricia Moulin and her students from partner college St. Therese Les Cordeliers to share and exchange ideas and good practice surrounding the subject of healthcare.

In addition to developing and enhancing their employability and communication skills, the British Council-funded trip also saw the students learning about the similarities and differences between the sectors in France and the United Kingdom.

Tutor Julia Berry said,

These exchanges are so important to the development of our students, and they are always a worthwhile experience. The group worked extremely hard and learned a lot from the French students. Still, we did find some time for sightseeing, and went on a guided tour of the Clermont Auvergne rugby stadium, watched a live match, and trekked to the summit of the currently dormant volcano Puy de Dome. It has been a trip to remember!

Programme Area Manager Cathy Smith said,

Trips such as these are invaluable to our students, giving them significant experience and allowing them to explore and discuss a variety of concepts and ideas with their counterparts. We are delighted to have recently secured further funding to run similar exchanges in the next few years, ensuring that future Coleg Menai students will have the same opportunity. This is most definitely an exciting time to be enrolled on one of our courses!

For more information on courses in Health and Social Care at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk/health