Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Coleg Cambria has a 98% succession rate for its suite of teacher training programmes.

The college has sites in Northop, Deeside, Wrexham and Llysfasi and has a terrific record in securing work placements on the innovative PCE (Professional Certificate in Education) and PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) courses, with organisations such as HMP Berwyn and Adult Learning Wales among those to welcome learners.

Programme Leader Nichola Evans said the breadth of opportunities available at part- and full-time level in their suite of Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) programmes is already attracting applicants for the 2022/23 academic year.

The Leader: Programme Leader Nichola Evans Programme Leader Nichola Evans

“There are many unique selling points, from the small class sizes ensuring each individual is given care, support and learning tailored to their needs, to the industry relevance of the content delivered,” said Nichola.

“Because we teach the PGCE and PCE in tandem we get such phenomenal feedback from the students and the discussions are fantastic because they are from different backgrounds and sectors with varying degrees of experience and education.

“As a result, they learn from each other, as well as our brilliant lecturers, giving an alternative view and sense of perspective they might not have previously anticipated or expected.”

The nationally recognised qualifications are accredited by Aberystwyth University and designed for those who want to teach in further education, sixth form, tertiary colleges, prisons, and other settings.

Modules include Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Learning, Learning Digital Competencies, Offender Learning, and Bilingual Learning.

Joanna Mallon is now a Lecturer in Childcare and the Skills Challenge Certificate at Coleg Cambria having successfully achieved a PGCE at Yale.

The Leader: Joanna Mallon is now a Lecturer after completing her PGCE at Coleg CambriaJoanna Mallon is now a Lecturer after completing her PGCE at Coleg Cambria

She said: “The course provides an excellent opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required within teaching, and the flexibility meant I was able to study whilst working, enabling me to build upon my existing qualifications and experience.

“It has prepared me for teaching in FE and I have been lucky enough to gain a lecturing position within the college.”