ColegauCymru engaged with politicians at all levels

As part of its role in influencing and shaping government policy, ColegauCymru is in regular contact with politicians from across parties and elected institutions in order to evidence the demand for a robust FE Skills vision and strategy that’s aligned with the economic needs of Wales.

It’s a busy week, starting with accompanying Hefin David AM and Principal Judith Evans on a visit to Coleg y Cymoedd, where he took part in a variety of the learner experiences from the joys of being an airline steward to a mechanic to a top class caterer. Judith and Hefin discussed how on a local level, learners are provided with the skills which employers require to ensure the Welsh economy can thrive and it is time to focus attention on the middle valleys region and ensure that our young people have the same opportunities as those in the Heads of the Valleys and the Cardiff City area.

ColegauCymru has previously met with MPs at Westminster to discuss Skills in a post-Brexit economy with members of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee. We are also committed to a presence at all of the party conferences coming up in March to ensure high quality vocational educational skills for Wales is a priority matter in everyone's mind before the local elections.

Iestyn Davies, CEO, said: “We have had Donaldson and Diamond, how long must we wait for a FE and skills strategy for Wales? We are committed to engaging with all political parties in order to develop a cross party consensus on the skills agenda in Wales. We no longer want vocational education and skills to fall between the gap. It is time to give due support and respect to the vocational education training (VET) skills sector in Wales. We request urgent action in light of the lack of a clear Skills Plan for FE in Wales. It is time to recognise the economic contribution and value that FE brings to communities and its crucial for Wales not to be left behind. We look forward to collaborating with other education and training stakeholders in Wales to drive this plan forward.”

Thanks to Hefin David AM for the video.