Former College A-level Student Working on £139m Bypass

A former Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor A-level student is now working as an engineer on a new £139 million bypass.

22-year-old Gwion Lloyd from Harlech - a former learner at the college’s Dolgellau campus - was selected from tens of applicants as trainee engineer on the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass, which is being funded by the Welsh government.

Gwion studied for his A-levels in Maths, Geography and Electronics at the college, before gaining the engineering position on the multimillion-pound project…his first job after college!

Gwion said: "It's been a great experience. We've been here for three years now and a lot of work has gone into it. I couldn't have got a better first job. I had no experience when I first started, so I'm very proud of what I've achieved."

The Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass statistics are impressive: it is a £139m project; 93% of the workforce are from North Wales; 36 graduates and apprentices are employed on it, as well as 15 on work experience; the lane extends 9.8km (6 miles) from Plas Menai Roundabout to the Goat Roundabout; three new roundabouts have been constructed at Meifod, Cibyn and Bethel; it is the largest highway scheme in North Wales, and approximately 170,000 trees have been planted, as well as 20km of new hedgerows.

Bethan Lloyd Owen-Hughes, programme area manager for General Education at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, said: "We are very proud of Gwion's success, and are confident that the quality of education on offer here has certainly contributed to his progression. As one who will be using the new bypass on a daily basis when travelling to work, I would like to add my personal thanks, as I used to be in traffic queues for hours every week.”

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