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The growing need for nurses a driving factor for two back into education

Last year, due to the increasing demand for nurses in Wales, Sioned Roberts from Porthmadog and Lois Thomas from Minffordd both decided to enrol on an Access to Higher Education (HE) course in order to fulfil their dreams.

With the latest figures from the Welsh Government showing that there are almost 2,000 vacant positions for nurses in the country, the two decided re-enter the world of education for one year, and join the Access to HE course at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Pwllheli campus. The course provides a ‘passport to university-level study’, and more specifically for the duo, places on a degree course in nursing.

Lois Thomas said: “Although the course has been testing at times, and completing the assignments has been sometimes challenging, I feel that it has all been worth the effort. I've gained confidence and proved to myself that I can do well in academic work."

While following the entry course, Sioned worked as a health carer in a care home and Lois worked as an optical assistant in a local optician’s. In the coming weeks they will both start a university degree course in nursing.

Sioned Roberts said: “I'm glad I did the course and I'm really looking forward to going to university. Without following the Access to HE course, all this would never have happened."

If you would like to follow the path of Sioned and Lois back into education, there are still limited places available on the Access to Higher Education (Health Care) course at the college’s Pwllheli campus.

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