British Council international award - The College Merthyr Tydfil Case Study

The College Merthyr Tydfil received the second largest Erasmus+ funding bid in the UK to enhance the employability skills of students in a deprived community.

For one of the smallest colleges in Wales to receive that amount of funding shows that Erasmus+ see the benefit of helping students like ours widen their horizons and receive life-changing opportunities to obtain work experience in another country.

The funding has a massive impact on the students we send out to our partner countries. In some cases, it's their first chance to visit another country and their first work experience opportunity; while it can be difficult for them it is always transformational.

The success of the project and the positive examples of students who have benefitted from the experience are shared with other students to encourage them to take up the opportunity to develop their skills in another country. A case study of a student who obtained an apprenticeship in Germany, as a result of the exchange, is shared with all students.

The funding provides an excellent opportunity for our students to develop, grow and gain much needed work and life experience. Hopefully communities like ours will continue to be in receipt of Erasmus funding for years to come.

The College Merthyr Tydfil