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Coleg Cambria rural education hub completed in lockdown for 2020/21 year

CONSTRUCTORS completed an innovative £1.2m rural education centre during lockdown. The new community learning complex at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi will serve people in rural areas of north east Wales as part of the Welsh Government’s Prosperity for All vision to provide more education links in towns and villages across the country. Wrexham-based Read Construction worked in partnership…

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Former global HR leader coaches workers on the road to a life of retirement

MORE than 40 years as a senior HR leader saw Nigel Evans support hundreds of colleagues on the road to retirement. But when it came to enjoying his own withdrawal from professional life, the 64-year-old found the transition to be more difficult than he ever imagined. Having returned to North Wales from Hong Kong and…

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Full steam ahead for Coleg Cambria and Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

THE partnership between Coleg Cambria and a world-famous heritage railway is on track for awards success. Learners from the college were studying for a Level 2 City and Guilds Work-Based Diploma in Horticulture on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways Heritage Skills Training Programme before the Coronavirus pandemic cut short their placements. Katherine Martin and Kieran Chell…

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Open letter from Steve Parry – chief executive of Nightingale House Hospice

A HOSPICE leader says chronic underfunding and the Coronavirus will see them lose around £1.2m this year. In an open letter, Steve Parry, chief executive of Wrexham-based Nightingale House Hospice, said: “Despite the amazing support we have received from the public since the COVID-19 pandemic began, our hospice will not be able to continue delivering…

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Sixth form head on life in lockdown and supporting students through COVID-19

THE team leading a £15million education complex have supported students through the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. Head of Deeside Sixth Form Centre Miriam Riddell (pictured with children Ernie and Josephine) and Deputy Director Rob Hughes took the helm at the Flintshire site a year ago. Fast forward 12 months and they have found themselves helping…

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Bubble business enjoys lockdown sales surge and unveils ethical vision for the future

BUSINESS is bubbling up nicely for one of the country’s most ethical and inspiring manufacturers. Dr Zigs distributed 10,000 litres of its popular products during the Coronavirus lockdown – that equates to a staggering 10 million giant bubbles. And the sales surge comes as the company, based on the Vaynol Estate near Bangor, approaches its…

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Coleg Cambria and Open University raising education standards for adult learners

A PARTNERSHIP between Coleg Cambria and The Open University (OU) is raising the standards of English and maths for adult learners in Wales. The north east Wales institution was tasked with helping to develop Everyday Maths and English courses in partnership with the OU and Welsh colleges. Amanda Morgan, Cambria’s Deputy Director for Essential Skills,…

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Rugby legend Jonathan Davies hosts virtual open day on traineeships with Coleg Cambria

RUGBY legend Jonathan Davies hosted a virtual open day with Coleg Cambria. The former Great Britain and Wales international – now a TV and media commentator and chat show host – joined employability mentor Carol-Ann Probert for a discussion on provision of traineeships. Organised by the Welsh Government in association with Careers Wales, Working Wales…

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Back2Business support series unveiled by North Wales multimedia partners

MULTIMEDIA and marketing companies have joined forces during lockdown to give clients a business boost. Award-winning North Wales firms Ginger Pixie Photography, Welsh Photo Guy and ie instinct will be offering firms a series of packages to support them in the weeks ahead, as they begin to reopen and revitalise trade. Melissa Cross, director of…

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Blasu/Taste North East Wales to take place virtually due to Covid-19 pandemic

A REGIONAL celebration of food and drink will take place virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The second annual Blasu/Taste North East Wales event was to be held in October after a successful debut in 2019 saw more than 30 businesses and 400 visitors take part in a series of activities over 40…

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