Earlier this week, (Monday, January 30th), both the Leader of Isle of Anglesey County Council, Councillor Llinos Medi and the Chair of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Dr Griff Jones, signed the collaboration agreement at the Grŵp’s Coleg Menai campus in Llangefni.
In a pledge to further promote and support the development of skills and employment opportunities for people of all ages in Ynys Môn, future cooperation will be focused on three main areas, including; Promotion of Education and Skills in Ynys Môn and in North Wales, Economic development of the island, and working together as Corporate Partners.
The MOU will facilitate the already long standing partnership between the organisations, which has seen the Llangefni Campus develop into a sector leading resource. Another key initiative includes supporting a number of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Health and Social Care students to carry out work placements and Mentorship schemes within the Social Services department at the Local Authority.
In addition, The Green Digital Academy project - funded by the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund in partnership with the County Council - was launched in November 2022 and has supported over 25 businesses to reduce their energy costs, gain a competitive edge and boost their reputation as a green business.
The partnership is hoped to further support Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s mission to ‘Improve People’s Futures’, as well as the Council’s aim to work towards an Anglesey that is healthy, thriving and prosperous.
Dafydd Evans, Chief Executive of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said,
“This is another significant step forward in our relationship with Isle of Anglesey County Council.
“One of our strategic themes as an organisation is to embed our place in the community and this MOU formally cements our relationship with the Local Authority.
He added, “We hope to see several exciting initiatives emanate from this partnership.”
Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Chief Executive, Dylan J Williams, added,
“One of our key priorities is to provide young people with the education, skills and career opportunities that will allow them to live and work in their local communities.
“Achieving this is now more important than ever, given the devastating news about potential job losses at the Two Sisters poultry plant in Llangefni.
“This new Memorandum of Understanding between the County Council, as the Island’s largest employer, and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai will allow us to work on a strategic level; and together become more productive and effective.
“We will continue to build on an already longstanding and positive relationship to ensure our young people can reach their full potential. Greater collaboration with the college will also ensure residents can benefit from local employment opportunities, offered by the County Council, and other employers.”