The College Merthyr Tydfil has been shortlisted for a prestigious RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Wales Community Benefit Award.
Since its build in 2013, the college has made a significant and distinctive contribution to the local community, initiating a broad range of partnerships to drive forward skills development and community regeneration and open up the college for community use.
A number of college facilities and rooms are now used on a daily and weekly basis for community groups and activities, including hair and beauty treatments, weekly sports training sessions, community group meetings, local MP surgeries, strength and conditioning gym sessions and much more.
College Principal John O’Shea commented “Over the last two years the college has made a really positive contribution to the local community, transforming an area of social deprivation and providing real hope and excitement for the future. We have built up a number of successful partnerships with Merthyr Tydfil Football Club, Swansea City Football Club, Tenneco, EE, Tesco Merthyr Tydfil and many more, enabling them not only to come in and use our college facilities but to have an input into the curriculum development and working life of the college, providing excellent volunteering and employment opportunities for our students and enhancing their overall education experience.”
The RICS Wales Awards will be held at The Vale Resort, Cardiff on May 19th. If successful, the college will go on to compete against projects from across the UK and beyond at the overall RICS Awards in London later this year.
For further details on the college's partnerships with the local community, please visit : http://www.merthyr.ac.uk/content/college-community
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