Earlier this month Coleg y Cymoedd, along with four other education institutions from all over Wales, were recognised for their international work at the 2014 International Awards Ceremony.
The event was developed by the British Council in partnership with Welsh International Dimension in Education (WIDE), ColegauCymru and The National Centre for Languages CILT Cymru, and is supported by the Welsh Government.
These awards aim to raise the profile and reward achievement and excellence in the teaching of global citizenship, foreign languages and the international dimension in Welsh education. They recognise and acknowledge international work and best practice taking place in schools and colleges across Wales.
Tanya Bevan, Deputy Director British Council Wales said â€œCongratulations to all winning institutions. Welsh teachers and learners are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of having an international mind-set; these institutions have shown a commitment to international work, embracing dynamic and creative teaching practices. Such links allow our learners to connect, understand and consider different points of views, skills that are important for our future global citizens.â€
Coleg y Cymoedd received the ColegauCymru Award for using the International Dimension to Improve College Effectiveness. At the awards, Curriculum Director for Technology Mel Jones stated â€œAt last yearâ€™s ceremony we won the ColegauCymru International Award, recognising the work the college had undertaken to develop international links. Last year was the first time that FE colleges had been included in the awards; therefore I was delighted to receive the award for the second year running. Awards such as these encourage and inspire the staff to continue the links and increase opportunities which enhance the learning experience of our learnersâ€.
Representing the learners at Coleg y Cymoedd, Evan Lloyd an apprentice with British Airways Maintenance Cardiff said â€œDuring my studies at Coleg y Cymoedd, I have been fortunate to visit Ravensberg, Germany; and spent two weeks placement at E.A.D.S., Freidrickhafen. It was a great experience and I learnt a lot about their employment and culture. The collegeâ€™s International links such as the Leonardo project provide excellent opportunities for learners to experience European cultureâ€.
The British Council is the UKâ€™s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.â€
Rhondda Cynon Taff