Angharad excels at practical learning to be shortlisted for national award

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Angharad Jones at work at Plas Arthur Leisure Centre, Llangefni.

Angharad Jones at work at Plas Arthur Leisure Centre, Llangefni.

Angharad Jones is proof that there are more routes to learning than school exams. Through a Traineeship Engagement programme with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Angharad found herself on placement at the Plas Arthur Leisure Centre, Llangefni and she has not looked back.

The 18-year-old from Valley has shown a voracious appetite for practical learning, achieving Level 1 Certificate in Customer Service and progressing to Level 2 NVQ in Operational Services. She is now on an apprenticeship programme with Anglesey County Council and looking to do an additional child care course at Ysgol Feithrin day care centre.

Her list of successful leisure centre courses includes gym instructor, aqua aerobics, football, tennis, circuit training and swimming instructor, and lifeguard training.

As a reward for her success, she has been shortlisted for the Traineeship Learner of the Year (Level 1) award at this year’s Apprenticeship Awards Cymru, which take place at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on October 20.

Jointly organised by the Welsh Government and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), the prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, employers and learning providers who have excelled in contributing to the development of the Welsh Government’s Traineeships, Jobs Growth Wales and Apprenticeship programmes.

Funded by the Welsh Government with support from the European Social Fund, the awards are sponsored by Pearson PLC and supported by media partner, Media Wales.

At school Angharad was diagnosed as dyslexic at the age of 11, was bullied and found it hard to cope at home as her parents split up. A change of schools brought additional challenges and illness during her exams meant that she didn’t get the results she would have hoped for.

“My mum has been my rock alongside my sister Louise and brother Andrew. I now love the way I learn and want to thank Mair Eluned, the exercise referral officer, and Janice Owen at the college for their support.”

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s engagement team leader Eric Christie said: “Angharad has found a setting that has unleashed her potential for learning.”

Wales’ Minister for Skills and Science Julie James congratulated Oliver and the other 32 shortlisted award finalists. “We are proud to be delivering a number of successful vocational training programmes with success rates for apprenticeships in Wales remaining well above 80 per cent,” she said.

“Developing skilled people is vital for our economy. We have some truly exceptional learners here in Wales and the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru provide a perfect platform for us to celebrate their hard work and achievements. Equally important are the learning providers and employers who go the extra mile to support their learners.”

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