Left: Principal Bryn Davies. Right: Community Learning Officer Rhos Griffiths
SENIOR staff at The College Ystrad Mynach have won prestigious learning awards.
Principal Bryn Davies celebrated the Services to Lifelong Learning Award at the NIACE Inspire Awards 2013, while Rhos Griffiths, Community Learning Officer at the College, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr Davies took over as principal of The College in 1997, following the departure of Don Brooks, as part of a career in education that has spanned over 40 years.
During his tenure he has overseen over £7 million invested into community learning, the opening of five new campuses - including Blackwood, Tredomen and Bargoed - and student numbers that have trebled, reaching 13,000 this year.
Mr Davies said:
“Working in education has certainly taught me one thing, you need people around you with a common dream and goal.
“Particularly those that remove the barriers, and inspire you to achieve, and it has been a great privilege to be able to share this with our community learners and to make a real difference.”
Rhos Griffiths, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, was instrumental in starting the Caerphilly Learning Festival Group and has acted as both Chair and Treasurer over the last six years.
His enthusiasm and passion for adult education has brought together a robust group of educational providers who meet regularly throughout the year.
Mr Griffiths said:
“My career in education has spanned over 40 years starting as an adult education tutor and rising to the Wales Director of a national organisation in the form of NIACE Dysgu Cymru.
“I have decided to retire in July from my role as Community Learning Officer with The College Ystrad Mynach and I am busy taking the lead in succession planning to find adult educators to take forward the work of the Caerphilly Learning Festival Group.”