A Member of Parliament and an Assembly Member officially opened Coleg Llandrillo's £600,000 extension to its Welding and Vehicle Body Repair Centre at the Rhyl campus recently.

Political representatives for the Vale of Clwyd constituency, Chris Ruane MP, along with the Welsh Government's Deputy Presiding Officer, Ann Jones AM, cut the ribbon in front of representatives from the college's senior management team, college governors, council representatives, and members of staff and students.

The primary focus of this development is to support new opportunities for the people of the region, but in particular, for the people of Rhyl to be able to gain new skills, which will be invaluable due to the increasing demand for welding and fabrication expertise across the length and breadth of North Wales.

The lead contractor was Dawnus Construction, the contract administrators/consultants were SP Projects, and the construction contract period in order to build the new extension and upgrade existing facilities was 30 weeks. The extension has added an extra 220 square metres of floor space.

The extensive upgrading of facilities includes: doubling the capacity for welding students (twice as many welding booths), several energy efficient upgrades (including LED lighting), cladding replacement, redecoration, a flexible workshop area, new front extension, new locker room for students, extended office space, and a new computer suite, theory room and store. The centre will now be able to offer a suite of new welding, vehicle body repair, and aeronautical engineering courses.

The investment of £600,000 included a £300,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), which was match-funded by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. The CCF encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

At the official opening, Coleg Llandrillo principal Lawrence Wood, said:

I was very proud to see the opening of this new facility, which will increase the training opportunities for the people of Rhyl and the local area, as well as support employers to gain access to the skilled workforce they require. This is part of a number of developments we aim to invest in at our Rhyl campus, underpinned by our excellent student successes in A-levels and vocational areas.

Chris Ruane MP commented:

Rhyl College is the best thing to come to Rhyl since the railway in 1848! It is fantastic that we have such a facility within the town. The training and opportunities available to the young people in the area have increased immeasurably thanks to the investment of Coleg Llandrillo. It has invested several million pounds within the area over recent years.

Ann Jones AM added:

It is fantastic to see the investment in this training facility. The college equips learners with the necessary skills to find good, high-quality employment within the area and the centre is ideal for those who require excellent vocational training.

Vehicle Body Repair student, Clinton Walker from Gronant, said:

It has always been an excellent centre, but now, with the increased space and facilities, it will be able to cater for lots more students too. It will definitely improve job opportunities for students.

To find out more about our courses in Welding, Vehicle Body Repair, and Aeronautical Engineering, contact the college on 01745 354 797.

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