A NORTH Wales college which is investing £26m in new facilities has been named as the overall winner of the 2008 Wales Quality Award.
Yale College serves 14,000 full and part-time students, more than 800 work based learners, and a growing number of international students including those from India and China.
The Wrexham college received the Overall Winner accolade along with the Learning Prize at the award ceremony held in Cardiff.
The college provides education and training for most post 16-year-olds in the area as well as vocational training for 14 to 16-year-olds from local schools. It is at the forefront of adult training.
Judges praised Yale’s excellent performance in leadership, policies and partnerships, which has led to consistently high pass rates.
Run by the Wales Quality Centre, the Wales Quality Award is based on the European Foundation for Quality Management Excellence Model, one of the world’s most rigorous frameworks for measuring the quality of an organisation’s operations.
Paul Croke Yale’s principal, said: “We’ve achieved quality and excellence by investing in our staff, students, and facilities.”
David Phillips, WQC chief executive, said: “Yale has excelled in many areas and has put in place a clear plan for the whole organisation.”