£4m for Rhyl Creates New Opportunities & Jobs

New building work at Rhyl

A major investment in a local college will provide a wealth of opportunities for a North Wales town and surrounding areas. Coleg Llandrillo Cymru has announced it is investing nearly £4 million in the already thriving Rhyl College, providing a massive boost to the ongoing regeneration plans for Rhyl as well as creating new jobs.

The project includes the overhaul and extension of large areas of the college’s recently acquired Cefndy Road campus, bringing with it new education and training opportunities for not only the people of Rhyl, but for North Denbighshire as a whole.

Extensive work, which will begin this month, is due to be completed in time for the start of the new term in September 2007. Developments include a new a state-of-the-art, two-storey Construction Skills Centre, a Hairdressing and Nail Suite, new student support facilities, a refurbished restaurant, the relocation of the Gas Training Centre on to the campus, new learning areas and a radical updating of the College frontage. Local firm Wynne Construction of Bodelwyddan has been awarded the contract, working with Capita Symonds of Colwyn Bay.

The ambitious plans recently became reality when it was confirmed that Coleg Llandrillo Cymru had secured £2.6m from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DELLS). This is the largest grant awarded to any college in Wales in the 2005/06 capital project bidding round. This will be matched with £1.2m of College funds.

The developments will bring with it new training opportunities, particularly for 14-19 year olds, as well as the creation of several new jobs including lecturing posts in construction, hair and beauty and health and care, technical support and student welfare support.

Huw Evans OBE, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru Principal, said: “In direct response to the needs of the local economy and working closely with local secondary schools, the College will offer new training and development opportunities in the key sectors of construction, automotive and health and care, thereby meeting a considerable skills shortage in the area and supporting the regeneration agenda. We also plan to develop sustainable energy training opportunities, particularly in the context of the construction industry, to provide businesses with the skills they’ll need to utilise sustainability techniques.”

Mr Evans continued: “This is a very good example of the Welsh Assembly Government investing in North Wales. These developments will make training and education even more accessible to individuals and businesses in the area, making the College in Rhyl a hub of learning for the whole of North Denbighshire. ”

Local Assembly Member Ann Jones said: “I am delighted that this project has been awarded the funding. This announcement is fantastic news for Rhyl, meaning that so many more local people will have access to training and skills on their doorstep. The success of this bid is a real credit to the staff of the College and other partners who fought so hard to bring this project to fruition.”

“I should like to pay particular tribute to the Principal of Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, Huw Evans, and to representatives from the College, for putting together a bid that was so strong. I hope many people will take full advantage of this facility and reap the benefits that the courses on offer here can undoubtedly provide.”

The College also has the full support of local MP Chris Ruane: “I am delighted with the Assembly’s decision to invest in the future of Rhyl College on this scale. This investment will be key to the regeneration of the whole area and to unlocking the potential both of our young people and many others who may have missed out on the opportunity of training or who need to re-skill and acquire new skills to suit our changing workplaces.

“I have often said that Rhyl College is one of the best things that has ever happened to the area and this major development recognises the significant role that the College can play in improving the future for local people.”

Wyn Roberts, Regeneration Manager - Department for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks, Welsh Assembly Government, said: “The plans show Coleg Llandrillo Cymru's commitment to its newly bought campus in Rhyl and the £4m investment will set a new standard for educational facilities within the town on a par to the excellent amenities available at Rhos-on-Sea. The new development will also see the Rhyl Going Forward agenda advanced significantly."