ColegauCymru Awards 2013: Teacher of the Year Tracey Waterhouse (centre) with finalists Kate Williams and Alan Lowry; with Jeff Cuthbert AM (left) and John Graystone (right).

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Evidence-based Teaching Leads the Way in Wales

Having adopted an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning, all of Wales’ further education colleges shared the results of their research at a national conference last week. more>>>

Search for Best Money Management Team in Wales Narrows
Young people across Wales have been putting their ideas on managing money into practice in their communities, and the top 11 projects have won through to the Wales National Final of a prestigious award-winning competition. More>>>

Welsh Women Rugby Champs Set to Defend British Title
Reigning British champions, the Welsh Colleges Women’s Rugby team, is looking forward to another excellent performance in the forthcoming British Colleges Sport National Championships thanks to a new partnership with the Welsh Rugby Union and top coaching by Welsh international players. More >>>
Agreeing the balance: creating safe college communities
Further education colleges in Wales are the first in the UK to come together with a mission to ensure that college communities are places where learners are free to form and embrace their own identity and beliefs, and also able to live and learn safe from harm.  more>>>        
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The further education sector in Wales

There are 15 further education (FE) colleges / institutions in Wales. They vary considerably in size, number and type of students and the range of programmes and services offered. The majority offer both academic and vocational programmes. Some have developed specialisms in particular vocational sectors, such as land-based, marine engineering, food technology. Some have steered a strong direction towards engaging particular sections of the population, for example, adults returning to learning, international students, or training for businesses.

The FE sector is a key player in helping to deliver the Welsh Government's aims to widen participation, tackle social exclusion and stimulate economic regeneration. Colleges in Wales offer 80% of all post-16 qualifications and provide learning experiences for almost 200,000 people in Wales. The sector is committed to the provision of high quality education and training that is responsive to the needs of individuals, communities and business.

Two-thirds of all 16-18 year old learners in Wales choose to study at colleges.  Even more adults (by far) study at college.  80% of students in colleges are adults over the age of 19.  Most study part-time.


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Skills for a Global Economy: ColegauCymru Annual Conference 2014
13 May 2014 at City Hall, Cardiff
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