ColegauCymru Skills call in wake of Hazelkorn response

As the Cabinet Secretary for Education prepares to provide her statement in response to the Hazelkorn report, ColegauCymru is once again calling for a post-16 Skills Plan which will ensure the best learner outcomes for Wales.

The Hazelkorn report was welcomed by ColegauCymru as it drew attention to the lack of an overall vision for the post compulsory sector and a duplication, or overlapping, of resources between further education and higher education, which we have been calling for the Welsh Government to address.

Our response clearly set out four principles which addressed the shortcomings of a current system does not allow for flexibility, transparency and above all a fair deal for learners in Wales with a robust and effective strategy for Skills.

Chief Executive Iestyn Davies said “Wales may be a small country and we recognise the challenges that this in itself brings. However, the lack of a coherent overarching FE strategy lets down our learners and has a knock on effect on the economy. For Wales to be a key player in economic terms, a forward thinking strategic plan is essential for Skills and the Post-16 sector. FE colleges have rationalised and developed new and innovative responses to the skills needs of Wales now the Welsh Government must show leadership by developing a strategy for skills in partnership with colleges and learners. We look forward to the Cabinet Secretary’s statement and to working with her in order to secure the best deal for Wales.”