Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has been named the UK's top engineering training partner at the prestigious Semta Skills Awards 2019, which were held at London's Park Plaza on 21st March.

The college group beat rivals In-Comm Training and Skills Training UK to win 'Training Partner of the Year' category, which was sponsored by British engineering icon Rolls Royce.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's victory 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:

It's an honour to be named 'Semta Training Partner of the Year' and it is a glowing endorsement of the contribution that Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has made to building a highly-skilled workforce in North West Wales.

At Grŵp Llandrillo Menai we made a strategic decision to work closely with local employers, both large and small, to ensure that the young people training with us leave with not only excellent results, but also relevant industry-specific training and qualifications.

We've achieved this goal through close collaboration with local specialist employers to deliver tailored apprenticeship schemes. We also have adapted existing training schemes by making bolt-on specialist courses available. Listening to our customers and being willing to make changes has been key to building trusted relationships.

Speaking at the event, Ann Watson, Chief Executive Office, Semta, commented:

There's no other sector that can be as agile, as innovative, as world-leading and as world-beating as advanced manufacturing and engineering. It's true, that one person can change the thought process of an industry. From Henry Ford to Bill Gates, engineers have been at the cutting edge of the greatest innovations of their time. We're delighted that the future UK skills landscape has these pioneering employers, talented engineers and training providers like Grŵp Llandrillo Menai at its centre.

Semta awards are held yearly in a bid to find the best British engineering companies from 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.


Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is a college group with over 27,000 learners. The Grŵp comprises the following colleges: Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Coleg Menai.