Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has been shortlisted to be the UK top Engineering Training Provider at the prestigious SEMTA Skills Awards 2019.

The college group has been shortlisted alongside In-Comm Training and Skills Training UK in the 'Training Provider of the Year' category, which is sponsored by British engineering icon Rolls Royce.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's inclusion as a finalist recognises the group's long established links with partner companies such as Innogy UK and Babcock International Group as well as its links with a plethora of local engineering SMEs which form the backbone of the local engineering economy.

Dafydd Evans, CEO of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai commented:

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has made a strategic decision to focus on building fruitful partnerships with local companies, so that we can meet the needs of the local economy. Our capital funding has been prioritised towards the STEM agenda as exemplified by the £13m Engineering Centre recently opened at Llangefni.

This approach has enabled us to work with Innogy UK to develop an engineering scheme which allows apprentices to study full-time for a period of two years before working in industry on windfarms. This innovative and flexible approach has formed the basis for other high profile apprenticeship and training schemes.

Amongst our training partners is Babcock International, with whom we currently have a tailored Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship scheme. 32 apprentices have been through the programme in the last three years with 20 currently on-programmes and 12 have gone on to full-time positions with Babcock at RAF Valley.

The strength of our application and what makes us a great training provider is Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's flexibility in meeting the needs of the local business community. We are looking forward to the Award Ceremony which will take place in March."

SEMTA Awards are held yearly in a bid to find the Best of British Engineering companies throughout the UK. Semta - The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance - is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK's most advanced sectors. Led by employers, its job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power the engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage.