College Merthyr Tydfil shortlisted for prestigious Times Further Education College of the Year Award


The College Merthyr Tydfil is celebrating after being shortlisted for the Times Education Further Education College of the Year Award 2020.

The annual awards, which are open to all UK further education colleges, seek to recognise and reward the achievements of the very best further education providers in the UK.

The college has been shortlisted for the category of FE College of the Year in recognition of its outstanding achievements, continually improving learner outcomes, high quality curriculum and overall positive contribution to education and training for learners in Merthyr Tydfil.

Commenting on the news, Principal Lisa Thomas statedWe are delighted to have been shortlisted for the FE College of the Year Award. This is an outstanding achievement and highlights the college’s ongoing commitment to being recognised as a centre of excellence that makes a real difference to the lives of learners, raising aspirations and developing the prosperity and aspirations of the communities we service.  Being shortlisted for this prestigious award is a real honour for the college, recently described by First Minister Rt Hon Mark Drakeford as one of the “great success stories of devolution" – a fittingly accurate description of a college that, over the last five years, has truly achieved excellence.”

Following successful transition to tertiary, the college has built up a reputation for delivering high quality teaching and learning, excellent outcomes and a broad and balanced curriculum, all of which has been achieved against a backdrop of high social deprivation.

The college is now one of the top performing FE Colleges in Wales. We have achieved this by working in partnership with schools, the local authority and employers to raise aspirations, increase opportunities for learners and support positive progression to higher education, apprenticeships and employment.

As a consequence of this we have made a significant contribution to our local economy and community, successfully leading and supporting a range of joint college/local authority/university/employer programmes and initiatives, including the Welsh Valleys Engineering Partnership scheme, a HE/FE Collaborative project and a new Aspire Shared Apprenticeship Programme. These projects have had a positive and sustained impact on learner experience and outcomes, whilst also helping us to develop excellent working relationships with our local schools, employers and community, helping us to achieve our mission to ‘Transform lives by working together’ and making us a worthy contender for the ‘FE College of the Year’ Award.


The college, which is up against seven other institutions for the award, will find out if it has won at the TES Awards dinner to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on the evening of Friday 20th March.


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