One story that might have flown completely under the radar is how a college in North Wales has been a major factor in the massive success of the Aerospace industry throughout the whole of the United Kingdom.
In fact, they have been such an asset to the sector that the Queen herself has honoured the Coleg Cambria group with her Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education and it’s no surprise when you weigh up just how much the team has done over the years.
A stunning 5,000 learners have been guided through the pioneering Centre of Excellence for Aerospace Development in the past 11 years since it was set up in 2002. Additionally, 7,000 qualifications have been garnered by Airbus staff thanks to the team with them also aiding other academies across Europe.
Unsurprisingly, this is only one of a few accolades the group has won over the years with many certificates winging their way to Coleg Cambria.
After the success, the Chairman of Coleg Cambria, John Clutton, was beaming when he said: “It is excellent recognition of the superb work that’s been carried out between Airbus and Coleg Cambria over many years.
“What this partnership does for the local area is quite phenomenal and the recent $20 billion order for for 50 more Airbus A380s is great news, “he added.
“The fact that wing production is centered in North East Wales is a great boost in terms of securing employment, securing the future of young people in Flintshire, Wrexham and Denbighshire.”
Mr Clutton was only one of a few who voiced their joy at the highly-deserved success. Mick Fleming, a representative in the upper echelons of Airbus, was effusive in his opinion.
“The prize won by Coleg Cambria is richly deserved because of their immense contribution to Airbus and the wider aerospace sector,” said Fleming.
The group will look to expand on their success and will continue to reap the benefits if they stay as a major factor in the £240 billion sector over the coming years.
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