Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has become the first post-16 provider of education in North Wales to partially re-open its doors following the Coronavirus pandemic. This will allow a small number of students to complete vital face-to-face practical assessments, following strict Government guidelines.
The college group - comprising Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor - which is one of the largest in the UK, partially reopened on Monday 15 June, with small numbers of plumbing students attending the Rhyl and Llangefni campuses to complete crucial vocational assessments. The college group has been working with unions and the Welsh Government to ensure social distancing is in place and has introduced measures to create safe learning areas.
This is all thanks to the hard work of college staff from a wide variety of departments, ensuring that learners will be safe when attending college campuses, as the college gets ready to teach more learners from August. Presently, the vast majority of teaching and learning delivery will still continue to be delivered online, managed by staff working at home.
Dafydd Evans, CEO of Grwp Llandrillo Menai, said that the college had been busy making sure it met the health and safety guidelines which had been set out. He commented:
Learners are keen to finish their qualifications and staff are keen to return to work. All of this is on a voluntary basis, nothing is mandatory.
We are going to be playing it very, very slowly in the first few days and we are going to be bringing very small numbers in the first place.
We have a plan for increases but that's under constant review and if something is not going to plan we can suspend it,
said chief executive Dafydd Evans.
By the end of the second week we hope to have over 100 students back - which is 10% of the campus's population.