COLEG CAMBRIA has received gold status for its delivery of health and safety qualifications - the first further education centre of its kind in the UK to do so.

The college is the first and only further education (FE) provider in the UK to receive the accreditation from NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health).

The institution – which has sites in Wrexham, Deeside, Northop and Llysfasi, Denbighshire – offers a National Diploma and a range of certificate-level programmes in fire safety, health and wellbeing, environmental, construction, and general health and safety.

Lecturers also tailor courses to match the needs of industry partners and have introduced shorter qualifications on themes including leadership excellence and incident investigation.

Lesley Rasmussen, deputy director of Cambria Business School in Northop, said: “Coleg Cambria has a long-standing reputation for delivering excellent health and safety training up to NEBOSH Diploma level, so to be awarded a gold mark from the organisation is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone here.

“This gives the many employers we work with confidence they will receive a first-class teaching and learning experience and reinforces our position among the very best providers in the UK.”

NEBOSH Learning Partners are required to commit to six principles as part of their accreditation, and the organisation may award Silver and Gold status to those that demonstrate they exceed these principles.

The three tiers are Bronze, Silver and Gold with Bronze Learning Partners ‘meeting’ the Learning Partner Principles, Silver ‘exceeding’ and Gold ‘greatly exceeding’.