When lockdown was announced back in March of this year, and college campuses closed, the uncertainty of the situation affected students and staff alike.

However, many students remained determined to continue to look to the future, not least Caitlin Garrett of Llanerch-y-Medd, Anglesey.

Coleg Menai ILS Foundation 2 student Caitlin had been studying brickwork alongside her main qualification, and enjoyed it so much that she had immediately made an application to study a Construction Level 1 course at the college's Llangefni campus for next year. As soon as lockdown began therefore, she decided she could best use the time at home to practise her newfound skills, and set her sights on her own garden. Brick by brick, Caitlin has been rebuilding a wall, keeping herself both busy and positive during this difficult time, and also preparing herself for her next challenge.

Caitlin's lecturer Gwen Meredith Williams said,

From the very first day, Caitlin loved the brickwork taster course, and quickly made the decision to apply for a construction course for next year. She is an extremely conscientious and determined student, and always dedicates herself completely to the job in hand. So, when I heard what she was up to during lockdown, I wasn't at all surprised! She's such a team-player, we will most definitely miss her in the ILS department next year, but I'm very much looking forward to watching her progress in construction and beyond!

For more information on the college's Independent Living Skills courses, please visit: www.gllm.ac.uk/ils

For more information on the college's Construction courses, please visit: www.gllm.ac.uk/construction