North East Wales

Deeside College to merge with Llysfasi College

Llysfasi College
Image caption The new college aims to teach up to 22,000 students annually

Two colleges in Flintshire and Denbighshire are to merge, it has been confirmed.

The merger between Deeside College and Coleg Llysfasiwill take place on 2 August.

The new college, with 1,000 staff, will provide land-based courses for up to 22,000 students. Subjects include animal care, floristry and forestry.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said it was a "significant development" for Wales' land-based and horticultural sectors.

Llysfasi College is based in Ruthin, Denbighshire, with Deeside College in Connah's Quay, Flintshire.

Their mergers were confirmed at the Royal Welsh Show ground in Powys.

First Minister Mr Jones said: "Following today's announcement, Deeside College will now become the largest provider of land based programmes so this is a significant development for the future of the land-based and horticultural sectors in Wales.

"I wish all associated with the college well in meeting the challenges and opportunities ahead."

David Jones, principal and chief executive of the new college, said: "I am confident that through our excellent staff we have the skills, capacity and experience to establish the college as an international centre of excellence for further education and vocational learning".

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