A RHOS-on-Sea college will be among the first in North Wales to reopen.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has become the first post-16 provider of education in North Wales to partially re-open its doors following the Coronavirus pandemic.

This will allow a small number of students at sites such as Coleg Llandrillo to complete vital face-to-face practical assessments for vocational courses, following strict Government guidelines.

Dafydd Evans, chief executive officer of Grwp Llandrillo Menai, said that the college had been busy making sure it met the health and safety guidelines which had been set out.

“Learners are keen to finish their qualifications and staff are keen to return to work. All of this is on a voluntary basis, nothing is mandatory,” he said.

The college group has been working with unions and the Welsh Government to ensure social distancing is in place and has introduced measures to create safe learning areas.

This is all thanks to the hard work of college staff from a wide variety of departments, ensuring that learners will be safe when attending college campuses, as the college gets ready to teach more learners from August.

Presently, the vast majority of teaching and learning delivery will still continue to be delivered online, managed by staff working at home.

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Coleg Llandrillo in Rhos-on-Sea. Picture: Google Street View

The college group – which also comprises, Coleg Menai in Menai Bridge and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor in Pwllheli – is one of the largest in the UK, partially reopened on Monday, June 15, with small numbers of plumbing students attending the Rhyl and Llangefni campuses to complete crucial vocational assessments.

Mr Evans added: “We are going to be playing it very, very slowly in the first few days and we are going to be bringing very small numbers in the first place.

“We have a plan for increases but that’s under constant review and if something is not going to plan we can suspend it.

“By the end of the second week we hope to have over 100 students back - which is 10 percent of the campus’s population.”