Queen’s Anniversary Prize
Colege Cambria in North Wales has been honored by the Queen for helping the £24 billion aerospace industry to take off in the UK. The school was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education at a ceremony at St. James’s Palace in London in November. Coleg Cambria Chair John Clutton and the Principal and Chief Executive, David Jones, attended the ceremony. These awards have a very intensive and demanding assessment process, and most are won by the UK’s leading Universities.
The Centre of Excellence for Aerospace Development has trained more than 5,000 learners since established in 2002 by the former Deeside College, which this year became part of Coleg Cambria with campuses in Connah’s Quay, Northop, Wrexham and Llysfasi. The merger makes Colege Cambria the eighth largest higher education institution in the UK. The initiative resulted in Airbus employees at the wing-making factory in Broughton gaining more than 7,000 nationally recognized qualifications. The centre’s staff were instrumental in setting up Airbus Academies in the UK, France, Germany, and Spain and work closely with other locally-based aerospace firms like Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, Raytheon, Magellan, and Apple Aviation.
This project has created a very positive impact at national, regional, and local levels and as such is well deserving of a national award that recognizes the achievements of Airbus learners, staff and the college as a whole.