A college student is currently juggling his final year studies for an engineering degree with the responsibilities of being an engineering technician, and being one of the youngest councillors in Wales!
Gareth Smith from Rhuddlan, who is studying for his BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, has been a Rhuddlan town councillor since he was 19-years-old!
Now 21, Gareth heads up several campaigns as an elected public official in his home town: he is Rhuddlan flood warden (on behalf of Natural Resources Wales), co-ordinator for speed awareness in Rhuddlan and is secretary of the local community group. He originally sat in the chambers listening to council debates.
He lived in Prestatyn from birth until the age of two, and has since resided in Rhuddlan. Ever since he was a child, he has been inquisitive about the ever-changing built environment in Rhuddlan: housing developments, fast-food franchises, drainage systems and building layouts.
Gareth, who has been working as an engineering technician at Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure in Colwyn Bay since the summer of 2015, said:
As a child I used to ask 'who has organised that?', 'what's happening there?', and in the end I realised that it all came under the umbrella of civil engineering! The town is really vibrant at the moment and I look forward to doing all I can to see it prosper even more.
A keen learner, Gareth initially started his construction journey as a 14-year-old whilst still at Glan Clwyd High School, through a schools/college link course.
He then enrolled at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, where he completed the two-year Level 3 in Construction qualification, before signing up for the Foundation Degree. He has recently commenced the final year of his full degree course and plans to complete his education with a Masters' qualification.
College has provided me with one-to-one support which I probably wouldn't have got at university. You can ask questions at any time, thus learning more than just an assignment offers you.
Gareth's tutor, David Roberto, who is also the higher education coordinator for Engineering at Coleg Llandrillo, said:
Gareth is an inspirational student. To juggle his college studies, with a job in construction and his role as a councillor is no mean feat, and we all congratulate him on his successes.
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