The new recruits’ first experience at each campus was the annual Freshers’ Fair. As well as meeting college staff - who could advise on everything from finance and transport to sports academies – representatives from local and national businesses, clubs and charities were in attendance to make sure that new students could make the most of their opportunities at college, and during their free time when not studying.
These included: NSPCC, Careers Wales, Barnardo’s, North Wales Fire & Rescue, Urdd, MIND, North Wales Police and Denbighshire County Council. Representatives from the latter gave out vouchers for free taekwondo lessons to help with confidence building.
Staff from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board were also present to help students consider their future career options. Students’ safety and welfare is paramount, so representatives from the college group’s Welfare department covered a range of issues: from accommodation to sexual health.
One of the highlights was a personal appearance by local legend Mr Ricky Prince Of Desserts who has over 20,000 followers on Facebook. Staff and students alike joined lengthy queues to taste his ice cream. He even created one ice cream specifically using the corporate colours of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai!
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s engagement & liaison officer Melanie Reid said: “This is the first chance that we have had since the pandemic to hold such a large community event. These fairs give us the chance to welcome our new students properly and give them the chance to join clubs, meet new friends and make those all-important connections with local organisations. It is great to see so many representatives from local and national companies keen to engage with our learners. Freshers’ Fairs are a great way to kick-start the new academic year on a positive note, and give the students a clear view of the opportunities and the support available to them.”
If you need more information on any courses, please visit the website at www.gllm.ac.uk or contact the course advice lines on 01492 542 338 for Coleg Llandrillo, 01758 701 385 for Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, and 01248 383 333 for Coleg Menai.