Academi Menai and major builders’ merchants Jewson have laid the foundations to provide learners and staff at Coleg Menai with the opportunity to improve their health and well-being.

The partnership will involve the company sponsoring the Academi, as well as providing Construction students at the college with the opportunity to interact and develop a further understanding of the construction industry.

Louise Riley, area manager for Jewson, was delighted with the newly-formed partnership with Coleg Menai. She said: “Being a business which prides itself on supporting the future talent of the construction industry and giving back to the communities around our branches, we were really happy to help aid a college which does so much to provide an environment in which the construction students of tomorrow can truly develop and master their trades.”

Academi Menai promotes extracurricular activities which support the wellbeing, participation and performance of Coleg Menai’s learners. It also seeks to build and develop links with local businesses to provide additional support for local people.

Following the recent re-branding of the college’s Academi, more emphasis has been placed on the physical and mental wellbeing of the learners and staff by encouraging them to take part in extracurricular activities.

Self-defence classes, team-building activities, fitness training sessions, and regular competitive sporting matches in football, netball, and basketball, are examples of just some of the various activities that the learners have engaged in over the past year. In addition to these, a number of college staff have been involved in undertaking various health tests, yoga classes and walking mile sessions to help improve their health and well-being in the workplace.

Marc Lloyd Williams, Academi co-ordinator at Coleg Menai, who initiated the partnership, said: “Linking up with an established and respected company such as Jewson allows us to enhance our provision to our learners and staff.”

Andrew Brett, programme area manager for Construction at Coleg Menai, echoed Williams’ statement: “Working with Jewson will provide our learners with resources which will improve their overall learning experience. The annual ‘Jewson Live’ event in Birmingham is always popular with our learners, who get the opportunity to see the latest construction technologies, materials and techniques.”

Coleg Menai offers a range of academic and vocational qualifications. Limited places are still available for September, so, for more information, please visit the courses section of the website at www.gllm.ac.uk/courses