Coleg y Cymoedd has this week unveiled another multi-million pound boost for further education in Caerphilly Borough.
The college is to invest around £4million into a major upgrade of its motor engineering and sports training facilities at Ystrad Mynach, while all of the college’s A Level learning will, from September, be located at the specialist A-level centre on the new £40m Nantgarw campus.
The investment will allow the Ystrad Mynach campus to further expand its already well-equipped vehicle workshop and specialist sports training unit, and at the same time give A level students from Ystrad Mynach 28 subject options; one of the widest choices in Wales.
College principal Judith Evans said: “The investment is a demonstration of the College’s commitment to ensuring Ystrad Mynach campus continues to provide standards of learning on a par with the best in Wales and that the college as a whole delivers top class further education to the whole Caerphilly and Rhymney Valley area.”
Referring to the 70 A level students moving from Ystrad Mynach to Nantgarw she said: “The move will bring major new opportunities to select from a wider range of subjects in the most modern educational environment in Wales and with access to an extensive range of recreational facilities and pastoral support services. We are confident they will have a much richer learning experience.”
The principal added that there would be a period of consultation about the practical aspects of the move but she said that students at Ystrad Mynach are already drawn from a wide catchment area, so travelling to Nantgarw would mean little difference in daily travelling times.”
Coleg y Cymoedd’s A-level Centre operates in partnership with St David’s Catholic College Cardiff and Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic School in Pontypridd and, with over 600 learners, it is now the largest A-level provider in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Mrs Evans added: “As we approach the end of the Coleg y Cymoedd’s highly successful first year, we remain committed to maintaining our position at the fore of further education in south Wales. Paramount to this is ensuring that our communities in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff are provided with access to the highest standards of education, training, facilities and partnerships with leading businesses.”