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Welsh deputy minister for skills John Griffiths AM visits the Welsh College of Horticulture in Northop

WELSH deputy minister for skills John Griffiths AM visited combined investment in further and higher education in Flintshire at the Welsh College of Horticulture, Northop.

The merger means all further education at the college has transferred to Deeside College and higher education to Glyndwr University.

Mr Griffiths talked to staff and students and visited the college’s five sections – animal care, equine, horticulture, machinery and floristry.

Deeside College principal David Jones said: “We were delighted to welcome the deputy minister and enjoyed showing him the excellent land-based education provided.

“The £3m learning centre development Deeside College will complete at Northop over the next 10 months is just the beginning of a £12m investment plan for the next three years.

“More than 200 staff and almost 5,000 students have transferred from the Welsh College of Horticulture to the Deeside College Northop Campus following this landmark merger. Our investment plans, supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, are a vote of confidence in them all, and a huge investment in their futures and of the land based sector economy in Wales.”

Mr Griffiths said: “This is an exciting progressive merger between the Welsh College of Horticulture and Deeside College and higher education with Glyndwr University.

“The Welsh Assembly Government is proud to help fund the new learning centre at Northop which will provide first-class specialist facilities for students.”

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