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Degree Students Benefit From Urdd Partnership

Foundation Degree students in Outdoor Recreation at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor were recently selected to be part of an ambitious plan in partnership with the Urdd's outdoor centre in Glan-llyn.

Lara Abbott from Lanelltud, Rhys Taylor-Clark from Harlech, Sion Lloyd-Morris from Penrhyndeudraeth, and Nathan Morris from Tywyn have recently started their training at the outdoor centre for two days a week, as part of an exciting new partnership between Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and the Urdd.

The partnership aims to provide a great opportunity for students to combine their academic studies with practical skills training at Glan-llyn Outdoor Centre, gaining further outdoor qualifications and valuable work skills.

Sion Lloyd from Glan-llyn said: “What we would like to offer to those students who are really interested in the outdoors is the opportunity to work for two days a week, earning a salary and gaining experience at Gwersyll yr Urdd Glan-llyn as a natural extension to the degree course.

"By developing outdoor training and qualifications, students will gain valuable experiences as well as an opportunity to put their theoretical work into practice in a practical setting. Students will start as outdoor instructors at the centre.”

The students have also succeeded in receiving the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Incentive Scholarship to complete their assignments in Welsh. Sara Davies, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol branch officer, said: “This is great news that students are combining their academic studies with practical skills training at Glan-llyn."

One of the intrepid four, Lara Abbott, said: “I am happy to be studying locally at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and also to have the opportunity to gain further work skills with Glan-llyn at the same time.”

Another member of the group, Nathan Morris, added: “I am proud that I have progressed to a Level 4 course at the college and that I am gaining further outdoor qualifications and working with Glan-llyn. This will be a great help to me in the future."

Eifion Owen, Programme Area Manager at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said: "We very much welcome this initiative as it allows Foundation Degree learners to obtain relevant employment in the college area. This will benefit the learning experience and enable the Urdd to employ talented, local individuals. We we wish Lara, Rhys, Sion and Nathan every success in their studies."

To find out more about the Foundation Degree Sport Science (Outdoor Recreation) offered at Coleg Meirin-Dwyfor, please click here.