The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 supports a more collaborative approach to operations in the public sector, as a result ColegauCymru have commissioned a report to guide the FE sector on responsive methods to the requirements of the Act. The work was undertaken by The City and County of Swansea Sustainable Development Unit and Netherwood Sustainable Futures.
It is important to note that FE colleges are not public bodies and are not one of the 44 named public sector bodies in the Act. However, the FE colleges work closely with a number of the public bodies upon whom the Act places a well-being duty to carry out ‘sustainable development’ and colleges are eager to help the Welsh Government deliver its aims of widening participation, tackling social exclusion and stimulating economic regeneration.
The report highlights many positive findings with several colleges identified as ‘pioneers’ who are already adopting the principles of the Act within their current strategies and policies. The research clarifies that the majority of FE colleges see the Act as a positive enabler to achieve improvement in their own organisations whilst influencing how the Act shapes the future of Welsh public services during this period of transition.
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