Archif Newyddion 2012

14/12/12: Wales' at the Ready for Young People's Money Skills Challenge

Hands up, who is confident about their skills in managing money? Now, hands up those of you who share your money management skills with your community to benefit a wider group of people. This is what the UK Money for Life Challenge is about, and ColegauCymru is delighted to report that Wales is on course once again to punch above its weight.

The Money for Life Challenge is Lloyds Banking Group's award-winning personal money management programme, targeted at young people and adults in the wider Further Education, work-based learning and community learning sectors across the UK.

Under the coordination of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales, 62 grants to teams of young people in learning settings across Wales have been allocated. These 62 teams now have the task of developing their money management ideas to UK-competition level by 8 March 2013. The best projects will go head to head to win a coveted place at the Wales and UK Grand Finals.

The Money for Life Challenge was first run in 2011/12, with 40 teams from Wales winning their bids for grant funding to develop money management projects. Thanks to the success of the Challenge across the UK, and especially in Wales, where the winning team from Wales went on to win the UK Grand Final, the Challenge is scaling up this year.

Project Manager for Wales, ColegauCymru's Julia Owens, said: "We've seen a great enthusiasm from young people and their learning mentors in coming up with all kinds of Money for Life Challenge projects. I am delighted to report that more learning centres are fielding teams this year, including colleges and independent training providers. In addition, Wales has won proportionately far more grants than the number allocated to the other UK nations. The competition is on!"

Sarah Porretta, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, says: "The Money for Life Challenge is all about embedding money skills in communities across the UK, especially by equipping young people with the financial know-how they need to fulfil their potential. All of the teams who entered last year have played a huge role in helping us reach this goal with their originality, creativity and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing more inspiring entries this year."
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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 19 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. Money for Life is Lloyds Banking Group's award-winning personal money management programme, targeted at young people and adults in the wider Further Education, work-based learning and community learning sectors. Lloyds has invested £4 million in the programme to date and has committed a further £4 million over the next two years.
The Money for Life Qualifications programme provides accredited, fully-funded training to enable organisations to embed money management skills at a local level.
The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition that provides £500 grants to empower teams of 16-24 year olds to develop innovative money management projects that impact their communities.
Money for Life is also partnering with Family Action to train employees to deliver money management workshops to 1,500 vulnerable families in 2013.
Money for Life was awarded a Big Tick and was highly commended in Business in the Community's Awards for Excellence 2012, and was also awarded a special mention in the Independent newspaper's Peer Awards 2012.

Global Learning for Wales' Colleges

In the space of two weeks, ColegauCymru has been investigating opportunities, sharing good practice and participating in teaching and learning in India, China and Kuwait, and, this week the Wales-Chongqing Further Education Consortium is hosting a senior level delegation from Chongqing, China.

The delegation comprises principals and deputy principals of primary, middle and vocational schools, and senior staff from Chongqing Education Commission of Sha Pingba District. It is the first official delegation from Chongqing to focus on vocational education.

In five days of their busy schedule, the Chinese delegation is learning about the post-16 education system in Wales at ColegauCymru and visiting four colleges and a school. Education Minister Leighton Andrews is also meeting members of the delegation to discuss Welsh Government education policies.

Mr Li, a senior official from Chongqing Education Commission of Sha Pingba District and the delegation leader, said: "The importance of this visit at governmental level is demonstrated by the inclusion of a number of senior representatives from a government agency and the seniority of the education leaders in the delegation.

"The delegation of principals and officers are finding common ground and are also discovering that the education systems in China and Wales complement each other.

"We are grateful to the high quality and pertinent training sessions and visits that have been organised for us and that are helping us to develop new perspectives on leading and managing educational institutions. We have been delighted to have had an insight into the strong quality assurance systems that exist in the further education colleges. In addition, we have been particularly interested to see how teaching and learning interact and how staff support learners, both to develop their skills and also to help them in their personal, social and cultural development."

The Chinese delegation visited Ystrad Mynach College, Coleg Morgannwg, Coleg Gwent and Yale College Wrexham – the same colleges from which staff and students are currently participating in a cultural exchange in China.

Bryn Davies, Chairman of the Wales-Chongqing Further Education Consortium and Principal of Ystrad Mynach College, the key organising partner for the visit, said: "I am delighted to have presided over a highly successful official delegation from China organised by the Wales-Chongqing Further Education Consortium. The first visit to focus on vocational education, the seniority of the delegation members signals that vocational education links with Wales are being taken seriously at a governmental level, and I look forward to further developing this relationship over the coming months.

"Through ColegauCymru, the Wales-Chongqing Further Education Consortium, and other partners, Wales' colleges are making good use of opportunities to make strategic links with important emerging economies.

"As much as Wales can learn from successful education systems and high performing economies elsewhere, other countries, too, seek to learn from the expertise that resides in Wales' colleges.

"Together, we are seeking creative solutions to improving quality and driving up skills."

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Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.
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Wales' Colleges Explore Strategic Role with India

This week, ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is exploring a potentially strategic role with India during a visit to the Indian state of Maharashtra.

India is ambitious. Although it is only now starting to consider strategic-level coordination of further education, the Indian Government wants to upskill 500 million people by India's 75th birthday in 2022.

Last April, during a visit to India, Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones committed to prioritise the relationship with India in relation to education and, more specifically, to vocational education, training and skills development.

Wales' further education colleges have since been working to develop opportunities and relationships with India in order to put the commitment into practice.

Wales' further education colleges have already initiated contacts with vocational education and training organisations from India. A UK-India Skills and Training Partnership Conference in London in May 2012 was one important opportunity.

Next week's visit moves the relationship-building up a strategic notch.

Following his participation in a skills roundtable in India last spring, Simon Pirotte, a CollegesWales board director and principal of Coleg Powys, said: "The challenge for Wales is to join up our thinking across sectors and address the issue of scale."

Simon Pirotte returns to India next week as part of a top-level delegation organised by the Welsh Government. Speaking ahead of the visit he said: "ColegauCymru's international arm, CollegesWales (UK) International, enables its member colleges in Wales to work collaboratively and strategically with overseas organisations.

"Given the scale of skills development required in India, however, there will be strength in an even more joined up approach from educational organisations in Wales. ColegauCymru is therefore delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this Welsh Government-led delegation which includes representatives from both further education and higher education."

"In particular, ColegauCymru is eager to explore opportunities for Wales' colleges to share with Indian counterparts their knowledge and experience of vocational education and training. The further education sector in Wales has particular expertise in skills development, engaging with employers large and small, and developing strong quality assurance systems."

Simon Pirotte concluded: "India offers Wales a major opportunity to contribute to international skills development. Wales offers India a professional and coordinated further education sector which has a track record of working in partnership to deliver high quality education and training systems. Working together strategically, India and Wales could be a very good match."
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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 19 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. The visit to Maharashtra, organised and funded by the Welsh Government, takes place from 1 – 4 December 2012. Representing Wales' further education sector will be Dr John Graystone, ColegauCymru / CollegesWales' chief executive, and ColegauCymru board director Simon Pirotte, who is also the principal of Coleg Powys. They will be accompanied by representatives from two of Wales' universities and a senior Welsh Government official from Wales. The programme includes meetings with senior representatives of the Government of Maharashtra, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, and visits to training institutes.

3. On behalf of ColegauCymru, Simon Pirotte attended a skills roundtable in India in 2012, which was jointly organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). His blogpost on the meeting is available here: http://colegaucymru.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/india/

Coherence to qualifications system in Wales welcomed

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales welcomes the publication of the report on qualifications published today, and considers it to provide a solid basis to move towards a coherent framework of qualifications for Wales that fits with long-established European frameworks for both general and vocational qualifications.

The independent report, "Review of Qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds in Wales", considers the post-16 educational offer as a whole. It seeks to bring greater coherence between systems and criteria used in school sixth forms and further education colleges. These steps should help improve accountability and quality of post-16 education across the board, and provide greater transparency to learners.

Significantly, the report tries to bring coherence to the artificially stark distinction usually made between 'general academic' qualifications on the one hand and 'vocational qualifications' on the other. It teases out a continuum of qualifications, from general academic qualifications through applied general qualifications to introductory vocational courses (IVETs) and finally fully vocational qualifications (CVETs) that attest to occupational competence in a specific area.

Responding to a plethora of evidence, considerable attention is devoted in the report to improving literacy and numeracy. The report also recognises that the qualifications system will have a part to play in the meeting the needs of the wider workforce as the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 comes into force. In recommending that the most relevant qualifications be made available in English and Welsh, it notes the need to increase the availability of relevant resources, especially in vocational areas.

ColegauCymru is pleased to see that the report recommends that work underway to develop Learning Area Programme approach to planning post-16 curriculum continues. Colleges see merit in offering a packaged programme of learning to individual learners, rather than the current approach of funding a range of individual qualifications. In this vein, colleges have embraced the Welsh Baccalaureate, and are keen to see it further developed and improved.

ColegauCymru is therefore pleased to see the Welsh Baccalaureate being given a strengthened role, with the report's recommendation that "the Welsh Government should introduce a revised and more rigorous Welsh Baccalaureate model".

Importantly, the Report considers the training needs of the teaching workforce that implementation of its recommendations will require.

ColegauCymru has long called for an up-to-date Teachers Qualifications Framework for the further education teaching workforce and is delighted that the Report has made a particular recommendation on training needs. At present, for further education in Wales, there is a Hobson's choice between an of out-of-date Wales-specific teaching qualification or an England-focused more up-to-date teaching qualification. ColegauCymru very much hopes that this Report will provide the impetus for the approval of a new Teaching Qualifications Framework for further education in Wales.

Chief Executive of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, John Graystone, said: "ColegauCymru believes the recommendations as a whole strike the right balance between establishing a distinctive path for Wales on the one hand, whilst ensuring compatibility with systems in the rest of the UK and Europe for both academic and vocational qualifications on the other. This should result in a robust and credible system that is recognised across the UK and internationally by employers and higher education providers.

"The independent review itself has rightly taken an evidence-based approach. It has made sensible recommendations to improve the package of learning offered to individual learners through a qualifications framework. It has also sought to establish greater coherence across the post-16 education sector as a whole, which should result in higher quality teaching and learning and more of a Team Wales approach.

"ColegauCymru is particularly pleased to see the continuum between general academic qualifications and vocational competence explained, and that literacy and numeracy have been given due attention. Combined, these recommendations should help learners be able to progress confidently and assuredly through the qualifications system and into the workforce.

"Finally, training and communication will be key. Colleges will be keen to play their part in implementing this new vision for Wales.

Concluding, John Graystone said: "ColegauCymru offers its active support to the Welsh Government and relevant stakeholders in moving to establish a coherent and confident path for Wales' learners and its economy."

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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 19 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. The report, "Review of Qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds in Wales" was published on 28 November 2012. It is available at: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publications/121127reviewofqualificationsen.pdf

Golden Performance from Team Wales at top UK skills show

Students and apprentices from Wales collected no fewer than 16 medals – five of them Gold – at the new flagship 'Skills Show' held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. (November 15–17).
The winners were among scores of Welsh trainees who pitted their skills in many different vocational fields against peers from all over the UK.

Some were participating in WorldSkills UK finals in their respective skills while others were taking part in special demonstration contests for the tens of thousands of visitors who attended the three-day event.

Individual gold medals went to trainee plasterer Ross Richardson Davies of Coleg Sir Gâr, Nail Art student Oksana Cooper, of Pembrokeshire College, construction metal worker, Rhodri Jones of Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthenshire and architectural stained glass student, Neil James of Swansea Metropolitan University.

In addition Team Wales took gold in the SkillBuild Team Challenge at the show, which covered a number of different areas of expertise. Three Team Wales competitors took individual silver medals while seven took bronze.

Their success followed three days of competition during which the students and apprentices were set a series of challenging tasks in order to demonstrate their skill levels.

For some their success might be the first step on the route to representing the UK at WorldSkills in Leipzig in 2013 or Rio de Janeiro in 2015.

This was the first time the WorldSkills UK finals, in most of the 40 qualifying disciplines, were held in one location in order to provide a single showcase for the UK's most talented trainees. The Skills Show has been created as an annual flagship event to act as a legacy to the WorldSkills 2011 event held in London last year.

Many of the Welsh competitors won their way through to the WorldSkills UK finals at The Skills Show based on their outstanding performance in the Skills Competition Wales programme earlier this year, which is backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund.

Welsh representation at the Show included students and apprentices in fields as diverse as web design, carpentry, automotive engineering, stained glass making, plumbing, plastering and industrial electronics.

Other Welsh students and apprentices showcased their exceptional talents in a wide array of skills through a highly visual and entertainment-led programme, designed to inspire visitors. Cardiff & Vale College, Coleg Harlech WEA (North), Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and ISA Training students took their place amongst the 50 'Showcase' organisations chosen.

Welsh skills were also showcased on a major exhibition stand where visitors had the opportunity to try out a whole range of skills. This was led by the Welsh Government working in partnership with ColegauCymru, the National Training Federation for Wales and Higher Education Wales.

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert congratulated Welsh medal winners. "This is testimony to the exceptional quality of vocational skills development in Wales and the growing confidence among our young people that they are more than a match for anyone in the country. To be named the best in your skill in the UK is a tremendous achievement not only for the individual competitor but also for their family, employer or provider who have supported them in their journey. Competitions like WorldSkills UK help deliver economic growth and improved levels of skills. The Welsh Government aims strengthen our skillbase still further over the coming three years by investing £45 million in apprenticeships."

Barry Liles, Skills Champion and Chair of the Wales Skills Network said: "Welsh competitors really stood out at this big event and showed they were well prepared, determined and full of belief that they can be the best in their chosen fields. They have done us proud."

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Further information from Eoghan Mortell 029 2064 6840 or 07977 555 116

Wales' Colleges Develop Skills in China

Nine vocational students from three of Wales' colleges are on a trip of a lifetime in Chongqing, China, swapping skills knowledge and glimpsing new horizons in the world's fastest growing city.

The students, who are studying at Ystrad Mynach College, Coleg Morgannwg and Yale College Wrexham, are being hosted by City Management College in Chongqing for the next two weeks (17 Nov – 1 Dec). They will be participating in skills and cultural workshops relevant to their studies, which span a wide range of vocational areas, including: health & social care, sports science, engineering, information technology, and art & design.

Setting the scene at the grand welcome ceremony this morning, the Welsh group was treated to a special address by Li Shyiu, International Director at Chongqing Education Commission. Her participation demonstrates that this visit, organised by CollegesWales (UK) International, is considered significant and strategic at governmental level in Chongqing.

The five staff members who are accompanying the students have a busy programme of relationship-building activities to manage. Hospitality and catering links are the key focus of the Coleg Powys representative, whilst the representatives from Ystrad Mynach College, Coleg Morgannwg and Yale College Wrexham have a wide remit to cover between them, including: health and social care, business, sport, travel and tourism, hair and beauty, and public services.

Hands-on teaching will add a particularly interesting dimension to the experience of the Welsh staff. Al Koursaros, senior lecturer in management and business at Ystrad Mynach College and who is also the CollegesWales (UK) International's Group Leader for the duration of the visit, will be teaching Chinese students at City Management College.

Sian Holleran, International Coordinator at CollegesWales (UK) International, said: "CollegesWales (UK) International is keen to ensure that vocational learners from Wales have opportunities to broaden their horizons and consider their place in the global economy. I am delighted that the Wales-Chongqing Further Education Consortium has been able to secure this skills-based experience for Welsh learners as well as to facilitate strategic level discussions with counterparts in Chongqing.

"That the group from Wales has been feted by the International Director at Chongqing Education Commission augurs particularly well, and I am confident that the visit will serve to deepen relationships and develop more opportunities for learners in Wales and Chongqing."

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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. CollegesWales (UK) International is a division of CollegesWales - an educational charity and a company limited by guarantee which represents all of Wales' further education colleges. Its purpose is to work with other countries to offer more opportunities to learners, to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations.

2. In 2011, eleven of Wales' further education colleges formed a Wales-Chongqing Further Education Consortium as part of CollegesWales (UK) International. This visit to Chongqing has been coordinated by CollegesWales (UK) International's offices in Wales and Chongqing.

3. The municipality of Chongqing has a population of over 31 million. Chongqing city has a population of over 6 million people. Its main industries are car, motorcycle and aviation manufacturing, the manufacture of consumer goods (laptops), coal mining and heavy industry. The Welsh Government and the Municipal Government of Chongqing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on industry, education and economic development projects. Delegates from colleges in Wales and Chongqing have undertaken a number of visits to each others' regions and have now developed strong and lasting relationships.

4. The students are from: Ystrad Mynach College, Coleg Morgannwg and Yale College Wrexham. The college staff are from: Ystrad Mynach College, Coleg Morgannwg, Yale College Wrexham and Coleg Powys. Senior lecturer in management and business at Ystrad Mynach College, Al Koursaros, will lead the visit on behalf of CollegesWales (UK) International.

Myfyrwyr a phrentisiaid yn codi'r faner dros Dȋm Cymru mewn sioe sgiliau fawr y DU

Bydd ugeiniau o fyfyrwyr a phrentisiaid yn dangos ansawdd dysgu galwedigaethol Cymru'r wythnos hon i ddegau o filoedd o bobl o ar draws y DU mewn 'Sioe Sgiliau' fawr, newydd, sy'n cael ei chynnal yn Birmingham. (Tachwedd 15–17).

Gallai llawer o'r bobl ifanc 18 - 23 mlwydd oed o Gymru sy'n cymryd rhan mewn cystadlaethau'r DU yn eu sgiliau dewisol fod yn cymryd y cam cyntaf ar y llwybr i glod rhyngwladol yn WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 neu hyd yn oed yn WorldSkills Rio de Janeiro yn 2015.

Maen nhw'n cystadlu'r wythnos hon yn eu categorïau eu hunain yn rownd derfynol WorldSkills UK sy'n cael ei chynnal yn y National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham fel rhan o'r Sioe Sgiliau gyntaf y disgwylir iddi ddenu hyd at 100,000 o wylwyr.

Am y tro cyntaf, mae'r rhan fwyaf o rowndiau terfynol WorldSkills UK yn y 40 o ddisgyblaethau cymwys yn cael eu cynnal mewn un man er mwyn cael un arddangosfa o hyfforddeion mwyaf talentog y DU.
Cafodd y Sioe Sgiliau ei sefydlu fel digwyddiad blaenllaw blynyddol a fydd yn etifeddiaeth i'r digwyddiad WorldSkills 2011 a gynhaliwyd yn Llundain y llynedd.

Llwyddodd y fintai o Dȋm Cymru i gyrraedd rowndiau terfynol yn Birmingham oherwydd eu bod wedi gwneud cystal yn rhaglen Cystadleuaeth Sgiliau Cymru yn gynharach eleni, sy'n cael ei chefnogi gan Lywodraeth Cymru trwy Gronfa Gymdeithasol Ewrop.

Mae'r fintai'n cynnwys hyfforddeion mewn meysydd mor amrywiol â dylunio gwefannau, gwaith coed, peirianneg cerbydau modur, gwneud gwydr lliw, gwaith plymwr, plastro ac electroneg ddiwydiannol.
Bydd myfyrwyr a hyfforddeion eraill o Gymru, heb fod â rhan yng nghystadlaethau WorldSkills UK, hefyd yn dangos eu talentau mewn amrywiaeth eang o sgiliau mewn rhaglen weledol llawn adloniant a fydd yn siŵr o ysbrydoli ymwelwyr. Bydd myfyrwyr o Goleg Caerdydd a'r Fro, Cymdeithas Addysg y Gweithwyr (WEA) Coleg Harlech (Gogledd), Grŵp Llandrillo Menai a Hyfforddiant ISA yn cymryd eu lle ymysg 50 o sefydliadau sydd wedi'u dewis i 'Arddangos'.

Bydd sgiliau Cymru i'w gweld ar stondin arddangos fawr a fydd yn rhoi cyfle i ymwelwyr brofi amrywiaeth eang o sgiliau. Cafodd hyn ei drefnu gan bartneriaeth sy'n cynnwys Llywodraeth Cymru, Colegau Cymru, Ffederasiwn Hyfforddiant Cenedlaethol Cymru ac Addysg Uwch Cymru.

Dymunodd y Dirprwy Weinidog dros Sgiliau, Jeff Cuthbert, yn dda i bawb sy'n cymryd rhan o'r gwahanol golegau a darparwyr hyfforddiant yng Nghymru yn eu cystadlaethau yn y NEC. Meddai: "Mae hwn yn gyfle ardderchog i Gymru ddangos ansawdd ei datblygiad sgiliau galwedigaethol ar draws llawer o ddisgyblaethau ac i ni allu dangos ein bod yn gallu dal ein tir yn erbyn goreuon y byd."

Cafodd ei ategu gan Barry Liles, Cadeirydd y Rhwydwaith Sgiliau a Hyrwyddwr Sgiliau Cymru. Meddai: "Mae'n bwysig iawn fod ein myfyrwyr a'n hyfforddeion yng Nghymru yn cael cyfle i brofi'u sgiliau yn erbyn cyfoedion o ar draws y DU a'r Byd. Mae'n gosod meincnod sy'n eu hannog i ddisgleirio ac i ddangos pa mor dda y gallen nhw fod. Mae gen i bob hyder y bydd cyfranogwyr Cymru yn y Sioe Sgiliau gyntaf yr wythnos hon yn ein gwneud ni'n falch ohonyn nhw."

Enwogion Tîm Cymru

Bob blwyddyn, mae cannoedd o fyfyrwyr, hyfforddeion a phrentisiaid uchelgeisiol o bob rhan o'r Deyrnas Unedig yn cymryd rhan mewn cystadlaethau sgiliau (fel WorldSkills UK a Chystadleuaeth Sgiliau Cymru). Diben y cystadlaethau hyn yw profi pwy sydd â'r gallu i fod yn bencampwr. Mae gyrfa ddisglair yn aros y rheini sydd â'r gallu i gyflawni. Cliciwch am neges fideo gan rai sydd wedi cyrraedd rhestr enwogion Tîm Cymru.

Mynna fod yn bencampwr: www.worldskillsuk.org/wales

Credydau: 'Y Rhestr Enwogion', Y Sgript. Ysgrifennwyd gan O'Donoghue/Sheehan/Frampton/Bar. Cyhoeddwyd gan Imagem Music.

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Gwybodaeth bellach gan Eoghan Mortell / Jess Childs 02920 646840 neu 07977 555 116

Learning to Manage Money: a Westminster Reception

There was a distinct Welsh flavour to the Westminster reception organised by Lloyds Banking Group on 22 October to celebrate Money for Life, with two of the four speakers representing Wales.

The UK-wide Money for Life programme is supported by Lloyds Banking Group and coordinated in Wales by ColegauCymru / CollegesWales in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW). It aims to develop vital money management skills in trainers as well as learners across the further education (FE) sector, including colleges, work based learning providers and a wide range of organisations that are rooted in their local communities.

At a reception in Westminster last week, Felix McLaughlin, Student Financial Support Manager at Cardiff & Vale College, spoke of his passion for helping college students take control of their own finances. Having worked in the private financial services sector before moving Cardiff and Vale College, he was shocked to discover a long line of students beating a path to his door, desperately in need of financial support.

Surprised to learn of some students' inability to budget, understand financial jargon, and their lack of confidence with managing money, he felt compelled to help. First, he undertook the two professional development courses offered by the Money for Life programme, Teach Me and Teach Others. Then, he started delivering Financial Capability sessions in tutorial sessions and organised drop in appointments with Money Advice Service (part of Citizens Advice Bureau). The next step is to work with departments in the college to introduce legal clinics to complement the CAB clinics.

Also addressing a host of MPs and invited guests at the Westminster reception was 16 year old Paige Sparrow. From being "not very good with maths" and a person who was intimidated by authority and public attention, Paige attributes her new-found confidence, money skills and public speaking ability to the Money for Life Challenge.

The Challenge is a competition that aims to find successful and innovative ways to improve the money management skills of learners, their friends, families and communities. Paige was a member of the "Don't Buy Posh, Save Your Dosh" team from ACT Bridgend that won first the Wales final and then the UK Grand Final, which was held in London earlier this year.

ColegauCymru's Julia Owens, the Money for Life coordinator for Wales, said: "The Money for Life programme provides opportunities for those working with young people and the learners themselves to gain confidence and vital skills. I am delighted that financial literacy is now being recognised as an essential skill and that we in Wales are making full use of the Money for Life programme and the support of Lloyds Banking Group."

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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 19 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. The Money for Life programme has two key strands: firstly, developing the skills of those who work with young people through Teach Me and Teach Others training courses; and secondly, providing opportunities for young people to develop their own skills through the Money for Life Challenge. For further information, visit: www.moneyforlifechallenge.org.uk

3. Cardiff and Vale College – formed following merger of Coleg Glan Hafren and Barry College in August 2011 – has around 25,000 full and part time students enrolled, studying further and higher education courses across 11 sites throughout the capital region. www.cavc.ac.uk

4. The reception at Westminster was organised by Lloyds Banking Group on 22 October 2012 and hosted by Justin Tomlinson MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Financial Education for Young People. Felix McLaughlin and Paige Sparrow were guest speakers at the event.

5. Pictured L to R: Julia Owens, Paige Sparrow, Clara Weekley, Felix McLaughlin.

Ymgyrch am Fri i Brentisiaethau

Mewn lansiad o adroddiad strategol ar brentisiaethau yng Nghymru heddiw, galwodd ColegauCymru am waith i sefydlu lefel uwch o fawredd i 'frand' y brentisiaeth.

Yn dilyn ymchwiliad manwl, cyhoeddodd Pwyllgor Busnes a Menter Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru heddiw ei adroddiad: Prentisiaethau yng Nghymru.

Mae nifer o'i argymhellion yn canolbwyntio ar yr angen am arweiniad a chefnogaeth gliriach i gyflogwyr ar yr un llaw, ac ar y llall, yr angen i wella parch a mawredd lle cynhelir prentisiaethau gan bobl ifanc a'u dylanwadwyr.

Dywedodd Dr John Graystone, Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru: "Yn anffodus, dangosodd ymchwil ddiweddar fod 83% o bobl 15 oed yn methu nodi prentisiaeth fel dewis ar ôl TGAU. Mae ymdrechion cydlynol rhwng darparwyr a chyflogwyr fel Wythnos Prentisiaethau a Diwrnod Cymwysterau Galwedigaethol (Diwrnod VQ) yn helpu brwydro'n erbyn y fath ragfarnau i raddau.

"Ond, fel y mae adroddiad pwyllgor y Cynulliad yn argymell, mae gwaith i'w wneud ar sefydlu lefel uwch o fawredd ar gyfer 'brand' y brentisiaeth, sy'n gymesur â'r parch a roddwyd i'r llwybr galwedigaethol mewn rhai gwledydd Ewropeaidd eraill."

Mae colegau eisoes yn gweithio ochr yn ochr â miloedd o gyflogwyr bob blwyddyn ac wedi ffurfio rhai partneriaethau hyfforddiant hynod gryf gyda chyflogwyr angori. Yn y dyfodol, wrth i fwy o uniadau ddigwydd rhwng colegau, bydd y colegau mwy sy'n deillio'n dod yn 'golegau angor' a fydd yn gallu cysyllu mewn perthynas strategol cryfach gyda'r cyflogwyr mawrion.

Mae'r colegau'n gweithio hefyd i helpu busnesau bach a chanolig i gyflogi prentisiaid, sefydlu cerbydau strategol i gyflwyno prentisiaethau ar y cyd, lle mae cwmni y mae coleg yn berchen arno'n cyflogi prentisiaid ar ran grŵp o gyflogwyr bach er mwyn lleihau'r risg.

Yn ogystal, mae'r colegau wedi gweithio'n galed i wneud y rhaglen LLwybrau i Brentiisaeth a gyflwynwyd yn ddiweddar yn llwyddiant. Fe'i sefydlwyd gan Lywodraeth Cymru fel ffordd o helpu pobl ifanc ar yr ysgol brentisiaeth n ystod y dirwasgiad a chroesawyd ei ddechreuad gan GolegauCymru.

Gan edrych i'r dyfodol, mae ColegauCymru'n cytuno ar argymhelliad yr adroddiad y dylai Llywodraeth Cymru yn y dyfodol ystyried prif-ffrydio cyllid Llwybrau i Brentisiaethau gan sichrau ei fod yn alinio anghenion economaidd a gofynion ardaloedd lleol.

Casglodd Dr John Graystone: "Mae prentisiaethau o bwysigrwydd allweddol i adferiad economi Cymru ac ffelly rydw i wrth fy modd fod y Pwyllgor Busnes a Menter wedi cynnal ymchwiliad i ystyired sut gellir gwneud gwelliannau.

"Rydw i'n gobeithio'n fawr iawn y bydd Llywodraeth Cymru'n edrych ar yr argymhellion yn ffafriol, ac y bydd y Pwyllgor Busnes a Menter yn ailedrych ar yr argymhellion hyn yn rheolaidd i archwilio'u gweithrediad. Mae'r colegau'n awyddus i chwarae eu rhan a bydd ColegauCymru'n ceisio gweithio gyda Llywodraeth Cymru a phartneriaid allweddol eraill i sichrua bod camau gweithredu bellach yn dilyn."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i Olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli pob un o'r 19 coleg a sefydliad addysg bellach (AB) yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw codi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth am ColegauCymru a'r colegau mae'n eu cynrychioli, ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Bu i'r adroddiad Prentisiaethau yng Nghymru ei lansio ar 25 Hydref yng Ngholeg Penybont, Campws Pencoed. Cyhoeddiad ydyw gan Bwyllgor Menter a Busnes Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru. Mae'r adroddiad ar gael o http://www.cynulliadcymru.org

3. Cafodd y gwaith ymchwil y cyfeiriwyd at gan Dr John Graystone ei wneud gan Loudhouse Research ar ran Cymdeithas y Colegau (AoC), ac fe'i cyhoeddwyd yn 2011. Astudiaeth ydoedd o opsiynau ôl-TGAU i fyfyrwyr. Ceir dolen i'r canfyddiadau at: http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/research/aoc-commissioned-research.cfm

Her Arian am Oes: lansio'r gystadleuaeth

Galwn ar bawb sydd rhwng 16 a 24 oed a chanddynt syniadau ar reoli arian: cymerwch ran yn Her Arian am Oes Lloyds TSB, sef cystadleuaeth ledled y DU i annog pobl ifanc i wella'u sgiliau rheoli arian.

Mae'r Her yn dyfarnu grantiau i grwpiau o bobl ifanc i redeg gweithgaredd rheoli arian yn eu cymuned, gyda'r prosiectau gorau'n cystadlu yn erbyn ei gilydd i ennill lle dymunol iawn yn Rowndiau Terfynol Cymru a'r DU. Yma yng Nghymru, mae 70 grant ar gael, a gydlynir gan GolegauCymru / CollegesWales ar y cyd â Ffederasiwn Hyfforddiant Cenedlaethol Cymru.

Tîm o Gymru gafodd ei goroni'n enillydd ar Rownd Derfynol y DU y llynedd, felly mae gennym yn ddiamheuaeth stoc wych o arbenigedd yma yng Nghymru. Trawsnewidiodd tîm arobryn Her Arian am Oes y DU 'Don't Buy Posh, Save Your Dosh' o Hyfforddiant ACT ym Mhen-y-bont ar Ogwr, eu hystafell gyffredin yn 'Gaffi Economi' lle gall pobl ddysgu sut i arbed arian trwy gyfnewid nwyddau wedi'u brandio am nwyddau economi.

Mae'r prosiect wedi esgor ar etifeddiaeth barhaol i'r tîm yn ogystal â'u cymuned. Dywedodd Shannon Mears, 16 oed: "Ar ôl dechrau'r Her Arian am Oes heb unrhyw hyder, bu'n brofiad a newidiodd fy mywyd ac mae pawb yn dweud nawr pa mor hyderus a llawn bwrlwm ydw i. Rwy'n rhyfeddu o ganfod fy mod i wedi dysgu cynifer o sgiliau newydd ac mae mam yn hapus fy mod i wedi dangos iddi sut i arbed arian ar ein bil siopa wythnosol!"

Mae sioe ar daith Arian am Oes yn dechrau ar 24 Medi i ledu'r gair ledled y wlad. Mae cydlynwyr Arian am Oes yng Nghymru, ColegauCymru / CollegesWales ac NTfW, yn gwneud Canolfan Rheoli Bangor yn fan galw cyntaf ar 24 Medi, gyda Choleg Glannau Dyfrdwy i ddilyn ar 25 Medi, swyddfa ColegauCymru ar 27 Medi a'r Ardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol yn Sir Gaerfyrddin ar 28 Medi.

Dywedodd Julia Owens, Rheolwr Prosiect Cymru, ColegauCymru: "Rydym wedi gweld brwdfrydedd mawr gan bobl ifanc a'u mentoriaid dysgu wrth feddwl am bob math o brosiectau Her Arian am Oes, o'r 'syml ond effeithiol' i'r technolegol graff. Rhaid i geisiadau am grantiau ddod i mewn erbyn 23 Tachwedd ac rydym yn wirioneddol awyddus i gyfarfod ag unrhyw un sydd â diddordeb mewn dod i wybod mwy er mwyn i'r holl dimau allu achub y blaen ar ddatblygu eu prosiectau.

"Yn ogystal â'r Her, rydym hefyd yn cynnig hyfforddiant gallu ariannol am ddim i'r sawl sy'n gweithio gyda phobl ifanc. Gall hyn gynnwys addysg bellach a staff cymorth dysgu seiliedig ar waith, gwirfoddolwyr a staff mewn grwpiau cymunedol. Mae'n gyfle gwych i gael y sgiliau y mae eu hangen i allu helpu pobl ifanc i fagu eu hyder."

Dywed Sarah Porretta, Pennaeth y Rhaglen Arian am Oes yn Lloyds Banking Group: "Mae'r Her Arian am Oes yn ymwneud ag ymgorffori sgiliau arian mewn cymunedau ledled y DU, yn enwedig trwy ddarparu pobl ifanc â'r wybodaeth ariannol y mae arnynt ei hangen i ddiwallu eu potensial. Mae'r holl dimau a roddodd gynnig y llynedd wedi chwarae rôl enfawr wrth ein helpu ni i gyrraedd y nod hwn gyda'u gwreiddioldeb, creadigrwydd a brwdfrydedd ac edrychaf ymlaen at weld mwy o geisiadau llawn ysbrydoliaeth eleni."

Diwedd

Nodiadau i Olygyddion
1. Mae'r Her Arian am Oes yn rhan o bartneriaeth unigryw rhwng Lloyds Banking Group a phartneriaid sector addysg bellach ym mhedwar gwlad y DU (ColegauCymru ac NTfW yng Nghymru). Nod y gystadleuaeth yw dod o hyd i'r ffyrdd mwyaf llwyddiannus ac arloesol o wella sgiliau rheoli arian y dysgwyr, eu ffrindiau, teuluoedd a chymunedau. Mae aelodau tîm y prosiect rhwng 16 a 24 oed ac mewn addysg bellach, dysgu seiliedig ar waith neu ddysgu cymunedol i oedolion.

2. Gellir gweld manylion Her Arian am Oes a sut i wneud cais ar: www.moneyforlifechallenge.org.uk
Cyswllt y Cyfryngau (Cymru): Sylvia Davies Ffôn: 029 2052 2500 E: sylvia.davies@colegaucymru.ac.uk
Cyswllt y Cyfryngau yn y DU: y tîm Arian am Oes yn Blue Rubicon ar 020 7260 2700 neu moneyforlife@bluerubicon.com
I gael mwy o wybodaeth am yr her neu'r sesiynau gwybodaeth, cysylltwch â Julia.Owens@ColegauCymru.ac.uk neu Clara.Weekley@NTfW.org

Canlyniadau Lefel A Ardderchog yng Ngholegau Cymru

Mae'r gyfradd pasio Safon Uwch, yn ogystal â'r gyfradd pasio A*-C uwch, mewn cyfres o golegau addysg bellach yng Nghymru ymhell uwchlaw cyfartaledd y DU. Mae llawer o fyfyrwyr bellach yn bwrw am Rydgrawnt (Oxbridge), prifysgolion Russell Group a sefydliadau mawreddog eraill sy'n cynnwys RADA ac ysgol fusnes fyd-eang o'r radd flaenaf.

O blith y colegau sydd wedi perfformio'n well na chyfartaledd y DU yn y graddau A*-C mwy heriol yw Coleg Gŵyr Abertawe, Coleg Sir Gâr a Champws Crosskeys Coleg Gwent, gyda Choleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot yn adrodd bod 82.6% teilwng iawn o'i ymgeiswyr wedi cyflawni A*-C. Yn aruthrol, mae dim llai na 58% o ymgeiswyr yng Ngholeg Gŵyr Abertawe wedi cael o leiaf gradd B wedi'i ddyfarnu iddynt, sydd ymhell uwchlaw cyfartaledd Cymru o 49.9% yn ogystal â chyfartaledd y DU.

Mae Rhaglen Anrhydeddau Coleg Catholig Dewi Sant am ei fyfyrwyr dawnus a thalentog yn adrodd canlyniadau rhyfeddol: enillodd 81% o fyfyrwyr radd A* neu A, gyda 100% yn ennill gradd A*-B yn Safon A2. Ar draws y coleg cyfan, saif y radd A*-A ar 40% gan drechu cyfartaledd y DU o 26.6% o bell ffordd. Bydd chwech o'i fyfyrwyr yn mynd i Rydgrawnt.

Yn y cyfamser, mae Coleg Iâl Wrecsam yn gweld pedwar o'i fyfyrwyr Safon Uwch yn gadael am Rydgrawnt gan gynnwys yr efeilliaid penigamp Michael a William Antony a lwyddodd i gael 7 gradd A* a 2 radd A rhyngddynt. Mae Michael yn mynd i astudio Mathemateg ym Mhrifysgol Caergrawnt a bydd William yn mynd â'i 4 gradd A* i Gaergrawnt i astudio'r Gyfraith. Pen taith Tom Challoner yw Bioleg ym Mhrifysgol Rhydychen, wedi iddo gael 3 gradd A* ac un radd A gwych yn ogystal â Diploma Uwch Bagloriaeth Cymru.

Bydd Rebecca Baker (peirianneg) o Goleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot, a thri myfyriwr o Goleg Gŵyr Abertawe: y fyfyrwraig A serennog Aimee Hesketh (meddygaeth filfeddygol), Leah Dudley (y gyfraith) a'r myfyriwr celf Dominic Thomas yn ymuno â nhw yn Rhydgrawnt.

Mae Chelsea Bond o Goleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot yn ymdrechu am gymhwyster galwedigaethol o'r radd flaenaf. Mae hi'n mynd â'i chanlyniadau A*-A mewn pedair Safon Uwch i Ysgol Fusnes Henley - a gaiff ei hystyried ymhlith yr 1% gorau yn y byd. Bydd hi'n astudio am radd Cyfrifeg a Busnes, a ddyluniwyd mewn partneriaeth â PWC ac ICAEW. Mae'n cynnwys lleoliadau gwaith â thâl yn PWC ac yn cynnig cyflogaeth gyda chyflog cychwynnol premiwm i raddedigion llwyddiannus a llwybr carlam i statws cyfrifydd siartredig llawn.

Bydd llu o fyfyrwyr coleg yn dilyn cyfeiriad galwedigaethol Chelsea, ac maen nhw ar eu ffordd i astudio'r gyfraith a phynciau cysylltiedig â meddygaeth yn y prifysgolion gorau. Mae cyfreithwyr y dyfodol yn cynnwys Lauren Probert o Goleg Sir Benfro, Sarah Sardar o Goleg Gŵyr Abertawe, Samuel Carr o Goleg Glannau Dyfrdwy, Marybeth Thornhill o Goleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot, a Beca Llewelyn Roberts o Goleg Menai sydd wedi cael ysgoloriaeth yn ogystal. Meddygaeth yw dewis Daniel Mauro o Goleg Sir Gâr, mae Luke Nixon sydd â nam ar ei glyw o Goleg Iâl yn mynd i Brifysgol Caerdydd, ac mae ei gyd-fyfyrwraig yn Iâl, Sioned Williams, yn mynd i King's College yn Llundain; wrth i Kate Morris o Goleg Menai ddewis gwyddor milfeddygaeth fiolegol.

Ar y llaw arall, nid yw Rosie Sheehy o Goleg Gŵyr Abertawe yn mynd ar drywydd gyrfa mewn gwyddoniaeth er gwaetha'r ffaith iddi gael A*-A mewn bioleg, cemeg a mathemateg. Y rheswm am hynny yw ei bod hi hefyd wedi cael A* mewn drama ac astudiaethau theatr, sydd wedi rhoi'r rhyddid iddi ddilyn ei hangerdd yn RADA. Bydd Joe Roberts o Goleg Iâl yn ymuno â hi yno.

Mae ieithoedd wedi esgor ar lwyddiannau mawr eleni. Cyflawnodd 100% o ymgeiswyr Ffrangeg a Rwsieg A*-C yng Ngholeg Caerdydd a'r Fro. Cyflawnodd 50% o'r ymgeiswyr Cymraeg ail iaith A*-A yng Ngholeg Sir Gâr, gan ragori ar gyfartaledd Cymru o 16% gan swm hynod o fawr. Gyda'i chanlyniadau gwych mewn Cymraeg, Ffrangeg a Hanes mae Nicola Brown o Goleg Iâl yn paratoi i ddechrau gradd mewn Cymraeg ym Mhrifysgol Bangor. Coleg Prifysgol Llundain yw pen taith Isabella Abdou, lle mae'n mynd â'i graddau A*-A o Goleg Gŵyr Abertawe i astudio gradd mewn Sbaeneg a Rwsieg. A bydd Alice Parson ac Emily Kate Morgan o Goleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot a gafodd graddau A i gyd yn dilyn gradd mewn Ffrangeg.

Nid dim ond y myfyrwyr safon uwch amser llawn 16-18 oed traddodiadol sy'n cael eu cefnogi i lwyddiant personol gwych gan y colegau. Ceir myfyrwyr aeddfed, myfyrwyr rhan-amser a myfyrwyr ail gyfle hefyd. Er enghraifft, mae llwyddiannau gwyddoniaeth Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro eleni'n cynnwys:

  • Yannik Herbert, a adawodd yr ysgol yn 14 oed heb unrhyw gymwysterau TGAU ond a ddarganfyddodd coleg yn hapus ac sydd bellach wedi ennill graddau A* mewn Llenyddiaeth Saesneg, Mathemateg a Ffiseg yn 20 oed ac yn mynd i Brifysgol Caergrawnt.
  • Seongju Lee, a gyrhaeddodd o Korea yn 2009 heb fawr o Saesneg ac o ganlyniad ni wnaeth yn dda iawn yn yr ysgol. Ond mewn prin dwy flynedd yn y coleg, mae wedi pasio'i arholiadau TGAU, UG mewn mathemateg a heddiw yn 18 oed o hyd, mae wedi cael graddau A mewn Mathemateg a Ffiseg Safon Uwch.
  • Miles Capper, sydd wedi troi ei fywyd ar ei ben ei waered gyda chefnogaeth y coleg, nawr yn ceisio penderfynu ble i astudio BSc Cemeg ar ôl cael cynigion cystadleuol gan y prifysgolion gorau.

Mae'r colegau'n falch o sicrhau cefnogaeth gref i'r ystod gyfan o ymgeiswyr Safon Uwch. Mae colegau Cymru o Fôn i Fynwy'n adrodd cyfraddau pasio uwch na chyfartaledd y DU, yn eu plith: Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Sir Benfro, Coleg Iâl Wrecsam, Coleg Glannau Dyfrdwy, Coleg Gwent Crosskeys a Choleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot. Cafodd mwyafrif y pynciau Safon Uwch yn y colegau hyn gyfradd llwyddiant o 100%. Ac ni ellid gwella ar gyfradd llwyddiant Safon Uwch Coleg Menai – gyda chyfradd llwyddo o 100% drwy'r coleg.

Dywedodd John Graystone, Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru / CollegesWales: "Mae'n foment eithriadol o falch i adrodd fod cyfradd pasio Safon Uwch cynifer o golegau Cymru'n fwy na chyfartaledd y DU mewn A*-E yn ogystal â'r graddau A*-C uwch. Ychydig golegau sy'n ddarparwyr arbennig o fawr mewn Safon Uwch, sy'n rhoi arwyddocâd cenedlaethol i'r canlyniadau rhagorol hyn. Roedd 1,687 o ymgeiswyr Safon Uwch yng Ngholeg Gŵyr Abertawe, 1,086 yng Ngholeg Castell-nedd Port Talbot, dros 900 yng Ngholeg Gwent ac oddeutu 900 yng Ngrŵp Llandrillo Menai hefyd.

"Mae'r colegau trydyddol mwy wedi dangos bod eu myfyrwyr hynod dalentog yn cyflawni gyda'r goreuon. Cyflawnodd 23 myfyriwr o Goleg Iâl Wrecsam a 21 myfyriwr o Goleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot a Choleg Gwent dair gradd A o leiaf.

"Mae'n bleser mawr gennyf longyfarch y myfyrwyr uchaf eu perfformiad sy'n mynd i'r prifysgolion mwyaf mawreddog. Rwy'n hynod falch o'r myfyrwyr hynny sydd wedi cyflawni y tu hwnt i'w breuddwydion. Mae llawer a adawodd yr ysgol gyda chanlyniadau gwael neu gyffredin wedi gwella'u bywydau trwy ymrestru mewn coleg, gweithio'n galed ac ennill canlyniadau Safon Uwch cryf a lleoedd mewn prifysgolion.

"Llongyfarchiadau diffuant i'r myfyrwyr, eu hathrawon a staff y colegau ledled Cymru sydd wedi'u cefnogi nhw ar eu ffordd i lwyddiant mewn Safon Uwch."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:
1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli pob un o'r 19 coleg a sefydliad addysg bellach (AB) yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw codi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth am ColegauCymru a'r colegau mae'n eu cynrychioli, ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Cysylltiadau'r wasg am y colegau a enwir yn y datganiad hwn:Coleg Gwent: Kim Spurr T: 01495 333507 M: 0772 0380545Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot: Fay Harris T: 01639 648006Coleg Sir Gâr: Mandy Wyrwoll T: 01554 748533Coleg Gŵyr Abertawe: Allison Lowe T: 01792 284262Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro: Christopher BakerT: 01446 725015Coleg Glannau Dyfrdwy: Vicky Barwis T: 01244 834531 Coleg Sir Benfro: Geoff Elliott T: 01437 753100 Coleg Catholig Dewi Sant: Alwyn Lloyd neu Holly Bryant T: 029 20498 555Coleg Iâl: Angela Witter T: 01978 317321 ext 2033
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai: Jane Cater T: 01492 546666, neu Sarah Wynn at Coleg Menai (rhan o Grŵp Llandrillo Menai T: 01248 370125 ext 3548)

Tyfu Addysg Cyfrwng Cymraeg mewn Colegau: Cefnogi Myfyrwyr

Mae ColegauCymru yn falch iawn lansio llawlyfr arfer da ar "Annog myfyrwyr addysg bellach i barhau â'u haddysg drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg" am 1yp ar 8 Awst yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yng nghwmni y Dirprwy Weinidog Jeff Cuthbert AC.

Dros y blynyddoedd diwethaf, mae addysg cyfrwng Cymraeg wedi cynyddu ar bob lefel, o addysg gynradd ymlaen. Fodd bynnag, mae yna wastad wedi bod trwch o bobl ifanc sydd wedi eu haddysgu drwy gyfrwng Cymraeg sy'n dewis rhoi'r gorau i astudio drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg pan fyddant yn cyrraedd cyfnod allweddol newydd o ddysgu. Un o'r cyfnodau lle mae'r cwymp yn digwydd yw yn y cyfnod pontio o'r ysgol uwchradd i goleg addysg bellach.

Mae colegau addysg bellach yn mynd i'r afael â'r mater hwn drwy gynyddu'r cyfleoedd sydd ar gael i'w myfyrwyr. Yn ogystal, maent yn gwneud ymdrech sylweddol, o fewn y sector coleg yn ogystal ag mewn cydweithrediad ag ystod eang o bartneriaid, i annog myfyrwyr o 14 oed i fyny i barhau i ddysgu drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg neu'n ddwyieithog.

Mae'r llawlyfr arfer da sy'n cael ei lansio yn yr Eisteddfod ar 8 Awst, a baratowyd gan yr Ysgol Addysg a Dysgu Gydol Oes, Prifysgol Aberystwyth, mewn partneriaeth â Wavehill, yn dangos bod yna lawer o enghreifftiau o arfer da a chynnydd cadarnhaol i'w gael mewn colegau mhob cwr o Gymru.

Mae'r llawlyfr yn nodi arfer da gan golegau yn y meysydd canlynol:

  • Targedu dysgwyr ac ymyrryd yn gynnar, gan gynnwys darparu cyrsiau i ddatblygu sgiliau iaith Gymraeg, addysgu cyfoedion, cymorth ar-lein ac adnoddau, grwpiau tiwtorial
  • Darpariaeth anffurfiol, allgyrsiol, fugeiliol a chymdeithasol trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg
  • Marchnata ac ymgyrchoedd hyrwyddo, gan gynnwys astudiaethau achos o gyn-fyfyrwyr dwyieithog, DVD a chylchgrawn Gymraeg gan fyfyrwyr
  • Hyrwyddo gwerth y Gymraeg yn y farchnad lafur ac yn y gweithle, gan gynnwys lleoliadau gwaith a chysylltiadau gyda chyflogwyr
  • Datblygu gallu staff i addysgu a rhyngweithio gyda dysgwyr drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg
  • Gweithio mewn partneriaeth i ddatblygu darpariaeth cyfrwng Cymraeg neu ddwyieithog, gan gynnwys cysylltiadau ag ysgolion, rhwydweithiau 14-19, sefydliadau addysg uwch a sefydliadau eraill megis yr Urdd, Twf a Mentrau Iaith

Dywedodd Mark Jones, Is-gadeirydd Uwch ColegauCymru: "Mae ColegauCymru a cholegau addysg bellach ledled Cymru yn awyddus i gynyddu ymhellach addysg cyfrwng Cymraeg mewn colegau ac i roi i fyfyrwyr y cymorth sydd ei angen arnynt i symud ymlaen.Rwy'n falch iawn bod y llawlyfr, a baratowyd gan Brifysgol Aberystwyth mewn partneriaeth â Wavehill, yn nodi bod enghreifftiau o arfer da eisoes yn bodoli mewn colegau ym mhob cwr o Gymru.

"Un canfyddiad arbennig o galonogol o'r ymchwil y mae'r llawlyfr yn tynnu arno yw bod colegau yn gynyddol yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth agos gydag ystod o randdeiliaid, gan gynnwys ysgolion, rhwydweithiau 14-19, sefydliadau addysg uwch, yr Urdd, a Mentrau Iaith.Mae'r cydweithio hwn yn buddio myfyrwyr coleg yn ogystal â'r gymuned ehangach.

Casglodd Mark Jones: "Mae cyhoeddi'r llawlyfr yn galluogi'r arfer da gael ei rannu fel y gall pob coleg yn ogystal â rhanddeiliaid eraill weithio gyda'i gilydd i wella ymhellach."

Wrth siarad cyn y lansiad, dywedodd y Dirprwy Weinidog dros Sgiliau, Jeff Cuthbert: "Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi ymrwymo i ddatblygu Cymru ddwyieithog. Er mwyn cyflawni hyn, mae'n hanfodol bwysig ein bod yn datblygu sgiliau iaith Gymraeg gweithlu'r dyfodol.

"Dwi'n falch gweld cymaint o enghreifftiau o arfer da gan y colegau addysg bellach a'u partneriaid sy'n creu cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr o 14 oed i fyny. Edrychaf ymlaen at glywed am ddatblygiadau pellach yn y dyfodol, wrth i'r arfer da gael ei rannu ar draws y colegau a'r partneriaid i gyd."

Diwedd

Cysylltwch â: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli pob un o'r 19 coleg a sefydliad addysg bellach (AB) yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw codi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth am ColegauCymru a'r colegau mae'n eu cynrychioli, ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Mae lansiad y llawlyfr yn digwydd am 1yp ar 8 Awst ym mhabell Coleg Penybont ar faes yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, Bro Morgannwg. Mae'r babell wedi ei lleoli yn MO3/MO4, yn agos i'r Babell Lên a'r Lle Celf.

3. Am gyfarwyddiadau i gyrraedd yr Eisteddfod, cliciwch: http://www.eisteddfod.org.uk/english/content.php?nID=684

4. Pwrpas y Llawlyfr hwn yw rhannu enghreifftiau o arfer da cyfredol yn y sector addysg bellach (AB) sy'n annog myfyrwyr i barhau â'u haddysg drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg. Cafodd y Llawlyfr ei gomisiynu gan Fwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg fel rhan o'r prosiect 'Dewis Da', ac fe'i cynhyrchwyd gan Ysgol Addysg a Dysgu Gydol Oes Prifysgol Aberystwyth mewn partneriaeth â Wavehill. Bydd ar gael (yn Gymraeg a Saesneg) ar y wefan ColegauCymru o 8 Awst.

Talented Welsh duo line up for international skills glory

Two talented Welsh trainees have been shortlisted to represent the UK in front of thousands of people at the world's top skills competition.

Star plumbing apprentice Lee Cuthill, 21, from Denbighshire and web design wizard from Carmarthenshire, Daniel Koehler,17, have impressed selectors enough to earn a call-up for the UK Squad to compete at the prestigious international WorldSkills event, in Leipzig Germany next year.
Lee is an apprentice with Ruthin-based D I Jones Heating Engineers and a student at Yale College Wrexham, while Daniel is a student at Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthenshire. Both have been waiting over recent months to see if their successes in the Wales and UK rounds of WorldSkills would be enough to win them places in the squad. They'll know next March whether they've actually made it through to the final UK team selection.

Further top trainees from Wales may be named for the UK Squad in other skill areas, when the second half of the squad is announced later this year.

WorldSkills is the biggest international skills event on the planet. Held every two years in one of its 61 member countries or regions, the competition sees around 1,000 young people aged 18 - 23 from across the globe compete for medals in more than 40 different skills. These include fields such as electrical installation, mobile robotics, web design, cooking, construction skills, plumbing and landscape gardening.

Lee and Daniel selected from among the UK's most talented apprentices, employees and learners after competing in tough three-day selection events in their respective skills held throughout the UK. This followed their outstanding success earlier this year in the SkillsCompetition Wales programme, which is backed by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund.

Following selection for the UK squad, Lee and Daniel will now spend the next year preparing to take on the very best from across the world, undergoing bespoke training programmes supported by a specialist trainers in their skill areas.

As Squad UK members, they will compete for coveted places in Team UK at a further selection event which will be held in March 2013. If selected for the final team the two will step-up training before heading to WorldSkills Leipzig which takes place from 2nd – 7th July 2013.

Commenting on his selection a delighted Daniel said: "It is a huge honour to be a member of Squad UK. I know the next year will be tough as I will be in training but I really hope the whole country gets behind Squad and Team UK for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, just like they do our sporting teams!"
The National Apprenticeship Service manages the UK's entry into the WorldSkills Competition under the name of WorldSkills UK. The competitors that took part in Squad UK Selection were invited to compete after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions and other industry events. WorldSkills UK National Competitions reward real talent and drive up levels of expertise in further education, skills and Apprenticeships.

Jeff Cuthbert, Deputy Minister for Skills congratulated the two on their success. He said: "These competitions provide an excellent opportunity to stretch the abilities of up-and-coming skilled workers from many important sectors of the economy and encourage them to benchmark their skill against others in Wales, UK or international competitors.

"It is vital that our workforce has the very highest skills and that we continue to strive for excellence across all sectors to ensure Wales can compete on the international stage."

The majority of Squad UK competitors will compete at EuroSkills, which is being held from the 4th – 6th October 2012 in Spa, Belgium. This will form part of their 'pressure testing' ahead of the selection for Team UK.

Jaine Bolton, Director at the National Apprenticeship Service and UK Official Delegate to WorldSkills International said: "I offer my support and congratulations to every young person that has earned a place in Squad UK. "By competing in international competitions, the UK is able to showcase the high levels of performance that can be achieved by individuals and organisations through high quality further education, skills training and Apprenticeships. This provides the inspiration for young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level."

Further information from Eoghan Mortell on
029 2064 6840 or 07977 555 116

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Notes to Editors:

About Squad and Team UK for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) manages the UK's entry into the WorldSkills Competition under the name of WorldSkills UK.

The members of Squad UK for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 were be chosen from amongst the UK's most talented apprentices, employees and learners aged 18 – 23, after three day selection events which took place during summer 2012. The competitors that took part in the Squad UK selection events were invited to compete after excelling in the WorldSkills UK National Competitions or other industry events.
Members of Squad UK for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 will undergo a specialised training programme, supported by a dedicated Training Manager in each skill. They will compete for a place in Team UK by taking part in further selection events which will be held throughout the UK in March 2013.

The UK is currently ranked fifth in the WorldSkills ranking ahead of France, Germany and China after Team UK secured five Gold, two Silver and six Bronze medals at WorldSkills London 2011. This was the UK's best ever result in the 62 year history of WorldSkills.

British Gypsum, Goldsmiths and Marshalls are Skill Sponsors for Squad UK and Team UK for WorldSkills Leipzig 2013.

WorldSkills Leipzig takes place from 2 – 7 July 2013.

About WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show
Competitors from the 2012 WorldSkills UK programme will be showcased at The Skills Show, taking place at NEC Birmingham, 15 – 17 November.

The UK's biggest skills and careers event, The Skills Show is a unique annual celebration that will inspire the landscape gardeners, web developers and engineers of tomorrow with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships.

City & Guilds is the Premier Sponsor of The Skills Show. European Social Fund (ESF) is a partner of The Skills Show.

For more information about WorldSkills UK visit www.worldskillsuk.org
For more information about The Skills Show visit www.theskillsshow.com

Barclays 'Top Tips' Money Skills Competition: Winner

Cardiff and Vale College student Rachel Mulqueen has been named Wales winner of the Barclays 'Top tips' competition, which asked students to provide a great money-saving tip.

The competition aimed to inspire further education college students to share their knowledge of money management following their involvement in Barclays Money Skills 'weeks', a national money management programme.

Highlighting her money saving tip Rachel said: "Pack a picnic, grab a football and explore nearby parks! You can even take the dog and kill two birds with one stone."

Students across the UK were encouraged to take part in the competitions by their colleges as part of Barclays Money Skills 'weeks', a national programme which improves students' financial capability through a week-long series of classroom tutorials, lunchtime activities and competitions based on money management. Barclays worked in partnership with The National Skills Academy for Financial Services to roll out the programme during the spring term. The programme was highly successful, with 120 further education colleges across the UK taking part and 100,000 students participating in entertaining and informative money management activities at their colleges, based on relevant topics such as budgeting and independent living.

Students across the participating colleges were invited along to a celebration event at Barclays headquarters in London on Friday 29 June, where the national winners for each competition were announced.

Chris Hearn, Head of Education for Barclays said: Congratulations to all of the competition winners who have provided some great tips and photos, demonstrating their enthusiasm and knowledge of successful money management through their involvement in Barclays Money Skills 'weeks'.

Our partnership with the National Skills Academy for Financial Services has enabled us to deliver a successful programme for young people, which will help to provide them with the financial skills and confidence they will need for a secure financial future."

Sylvia Perrins, CEO at the Skills Academy said "Barclays Money Skills 'weeks' is a proven way to provide money management support to students, particularly now, when the cost of education is higher than it has been for years. Ensuring that students feel confident about managing their money is important in enabling them to concentrate on achieving their educational goals.

We worked with Barclays to deliver workshops, activities and competitions that students could relate to and enjoy, and it's evident in the feedback from students and the success of this competition that the programme has been overwhelmingly positive."

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PRESS - For further information please contact:
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barclaysmoneyskillsteam@redconsultancy.com
Tel: 0207 025 6500

Notes to Editors:

Other winners of Barclays money-saving 'top tips' competition include:
Luke Little, Derby College
"Before leaving the house use the internet to find what you need and where the cheapest can be found. Then only take the necessary money; spare cash gives you reason to overspend."
Phil Spriggs, Peterborough Regional College
"Rather than paying for public transport or petrol, walk or cycle. It is better for your pocket, your health and the environment."

Alistair Wilson, Blackpool and The Fylde College
"When purchasing a non essential item look at the cost of the item and then to compare it to your hourly rate of pay. Decide if it warrants 1 ,2 ,3 hours work. Using this method I have saved up for the things that actually matter like my car, laptop etc. as opposed to the rubbish I once frittered my money away on. Money is a lot easier to spend than it is to earn."
Jemma Steel, Lancaster and Morecambe College
"Buy food as it is reduced last minute. It's always a surprise what you will have for tea!"
Gemma Morrison, Reid Kerr College
"Agree a budget with friends i.e. £10 each with 5 friends and decide what to do that's fun for everyone and within budget."
Bethany Mills, Chichester College
"Save £5 from each pay packet and you will have a fallback for a rainy day."
About the National Skills Academy for Financial Services
The National Skills Academy for Financial Services is a unique independent employer-led charitable organisation dedicated to growing talent and building professionalism in the UK financial services industry. Its goal is to support future, emerging and existing talent and to ensure the financial services industry is productive and efficient to compete in global markets.
The Skills Academy provides a diverse range of business and talent development support – and all tailor-made for the industry's needs. Its educational programmes can be accessed in-house, online and locally through the Skills Academy Training Provider Partner Network. As a registered charity, its aim is to provide value-added and cost-effective programmes. Income generated is re-invested in innovative schemes to further support the industry and development of its people across many business areas. For more information, please visit: www.nsafs.co.uk.
About Barclays
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs nearly 147,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.
About Barclays Money Skills
Barclays Money Skills is a practical money management programme designed to build the financial skills of 16 – 25 year olds and other vulnerable groups across the UK.
Barclays aim is to share its knowledge and expertise as a financial services organisation to make the biggest social difference. Barclays is working in partnership with respected and experienced charities to deliver the programme to young adults and a range of other vulnerable groups including returning servicemen and women, those at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders and older people. In March 2011 Barclays announced partnerships with three youth charities - Action for Children, the National Skills Academy for Financial Services and the National Youth Agency. For further information about Barclays Money Skills visit www.barclaysmoneyskills.com.

Barclays Money Skills Photo Competition: Winner

Coleg Powys student Levi Jones has been named Wales winner of the 'My money style' photo competition by Barclays.

The competition aimed to inspire further education college students to share their knowledge of money management following their involvement in Barclays Money Skills 'weeks', a national money management programme.

Commenting on the award and the inspiration behind her winning photo Levi said: "Being named a winner of the 'My money style' photo competition was so exciting. My photo, titled 'Life is sweet with money,' takes the theme of money and is intended to highlight the importance of saving and spending your money wisely. After all, if you save up and have money, life can be sweet!"

Students across the UK were encouraged to take part in the competitions by their colleges as part of Barclays Money Skills 'weeks', a national programme which improves students' financial capability through a week-long series of classroom tutorials, lunchtime activities and competitions based on money management. Barclays worked in partnership with The National Skills Academy for Financial Services to roll out the programme during the spring term. The programme was highly successful, with 120 further education colleges across the UK taking part and 100,000 students participating in entertaining and informative money management activities at their colleges, based on relevant topics such as budgeting and independent living.

Students across the participating colleges were invited along to a celebration event at Barclays headquarters in London on Friday 29 June, where the national winners for each competition were announced.

Chris Hearn, Head of Education for Barclays said: Congratulations to all of the competition winners who have provided some great tips and photos, demonstrating their enthusiasm and knowledge of successful money management through their involvement in Barclays Money Skills 'weeks'.

Our partnership with the National Skills Academy for Financial Services has enabled us to deliver a successful programme for young people, which will help to provide them with the financial skills and confidence they will need for a secure financial future."

Sylvia Perrins, CEO at the Skills Academy said "Barclays Money Skills 'weeks' is a proven way to provide money management support to students, particularly now, when the cost of education is higher than it has been for years. Ensuring that students feel confident about managing their money is important in enabling them to concentrate on achieving their educational goals.

We worked with Barclays to deliver workshops, activities and competitions that students could relate to and enjoy, and it's evident in the feedback from students and the success of this competition that the programme has been overwhelmingly positive."

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PRESS - For further information please contact:
The Red Consultancy
barclaysmoneyskillsteam@redconsultancy.com
Tel: 0207 025 6500

Notes to Editors:

About the National Skills Academy for Financial Services
The National Skills Academy for Financial Services is a unique independent employer-led charitable organisation dedicated to growing talent and building professionalism in the UK financial services industry. Its goal is to support future, emerging and existing talent and to ensure the financial services industry is productive and efficient to compete in global markets.
The Skills Academy provides a diverse range of business and talent development support – and all tailor-made for the industry's needs. Its educational programmes can be accessed in-house, online and locally through the Skills Academy Training Provider Partner Network. As a registered charity, its aim is to provide value-added and cost-effective programmes. Income generated is re-invested in innovative schemes to further support the industry and development of its people across many business areas. For more information, please visit: www.nsafs.co.uk.

About Barclays
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs nearly 147,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for 48 million customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.

About Barclays Money Skills

Barclays Money Skills is a practical money management programme designed to build the financial skills of 16 – 25 year olds and other vulnerable groups across the UK.
Barclays aim is to share its knowledge and expertise as a financial services organisation to make the biggest social difference. Barclays is working in partnership with respected and experienced charities to deliver the programme to young adults and a range of other vulnerable groups including returning servicemen and women, those at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders and older people. In March 2011 Barclays announced partnerships with three youth charities - Action for Children, the National Skills Academy for Financial Services and the National Youth Agency. For further information about Barclays Money Skills visit www.barclaysmoneyskills.com.

Menter: Myfyrwyr Cymru yn Arwain y Byd

Mae myfyrwyr colegau Cymru yn arwain y DU a gweddill y byd ar y busnes of fentergarwch.

Roedd buddugoliaeth Cymru yn rownd derfynol y gystadleuaeth Her Menter Fyd-eang 2012 yn Japan yr wythnos diwethaf yn rhagflaeni'r cyhoeddiad heddiw gan y Carnegie UK Trust o'i arolwg: Enterprising Minds, o fyfyrwyr 16-21 oed yn y DU, sy'n nodi mai myfyrwyr Cymru sydd mwyaf eu bryd ar fenter yn y DU.

Mae pedwar o golegau addysg bellach Cymru yn gweithio gyda'r Carnegie UK Trust: Coleg Penybont, Coleg Glannau Dyfrdwy, Coleg Sir Benfro, a Choleg Caerdydd a'r Fro. Roedd yr arolwg Enterprising Minds yn cynnwys 17 o golegau a 1,602 myfyrwyr o wledydd y DU.

Dywedodd Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru, John Graystone: "Mae colegau AB yng Nghymru yn gweithio'n agos iawn gyda busnesau i baratoi myfyrwyr ar gyfer y farchnad gystadleuol fyd-eang, lle mae sgiliau ac agwedd at fenter yn allweddol i achub y blaen. Rwyf wrth fy modd bod myfyrwyr AB Cymru yn cael eu graddio uchaf yn y DU ar y 'Mesur Carnegie o Briodoleddau Myfyrwyr i Fenter', a'u bod wedi creu argraff y Carnegie UK Trust gyda'u brwdfrydedd am eu profiadau coleg, gan gydnabod ansawdd uchel eu haddysg.

"Mae gan nifer o golegau yng Nghymru eu cwmnïau arfer eu hunain ac maent yn cymryd rhan lawn yn yr Her Menter Fyd-eang.

"Mae'n newyddion gwych bod Coleg Menai wedi ennill trydydd i Gymru yn Her Menter Fyd-eang eleni, a gynhaliwyd yn Japan yr wythnos diwethaf. Mae hwn yn gyflawniad rhagorol. Newyddion gwell fyth yw nad cyflawniad unigryw ydoedd i Gymru. Roedd llwyddiant Coleg Menai yn dilyn yn ôl troed Coleg Morgannwg, a enillodd cyntaf i Gymru yn rownd derfynol yr Her Menter Fyd-Eang yn 2010."

Yn ogystal, mae Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro newydd gyhoeddi ei fod yn ymuno â'r Grŵp Gazelle sy'n canolbwyntio ar dyfu clwstwr o Golegau Entrepreneuraidd yn y DU sy'n ymrwymo i drawsnewid y cwricwla i annog meddylfryd entrepreneuraidd yn eu myfyrwyr.

Casgliad Dr Graystone: "Mae colegau addysg bellach Cymru a'u myfyrwyr yn gweithio'n hyblyg, yn entrepreneuraidd, ac yn chwilio'n barhaus am y sialens nesaf.Mae'r rhain i gyd yn nodweddion hanfodol i lwyddo mewn economi fyd-eang ansicr."

Diwedd

Cysylltwch â: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771,913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion

1. Mae ColegauCymru yn elusen addysgol cenedlaethol sy'n cynrychioli yr 19 coleg a sefydliad addysg bellach yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw codi proffil addysg bellach gyda'r sawl sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru.Am ragor o wybodaeth am ColegauCymru a'r colegau mae'n eu cynrychioli, ewch atwww.colegaucymru.ac.uk neu www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. Gwybodaeth am y Tîm Her Menter Fyd-eang o Goleg Menai:http://t.co/HVm8FgcJ

3. Bu i astudiaeth y Carnegie UK Trust astudiaeth gynnwys 17 o golegau a 1,602 o fyfyrwyr o wledydd y DU.Lansiwyd yr adroddiad Ddydd Llun 25 Mehefin yn Nhŷ'r Cyffredin.Mae'r adroddiad ar gael oddi wrth http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/changing-minds/enterprise-and-society/enterprising-minds


'Billy Elliott' Penybont ar Ogwr yn dawnsio i'r brig

Mae 'Billy Elliott' go iawn o Benybont ar Ogwr, sydd wedi achosi effaith anferthol ar y byd dawns gyda'r fath o ddawn ac ymrwymiad nad oedd bron byth wedi cael ei weld gan ei diwtoriaid coleg o'r blaen, wedi ennill gwobr Cymru-eang am ei ymdrechion.

Enwyd Adam Taylor, 18, o Benybont ar Ogwr, fel Dysgwr Cymwysterau Galwedigaethol y Flwyddyn (Dysgwr VQ y Flwyddyn), gwobr a gynhelir yn flynyddol er mwyn nodi Diwrnod VQ (20 Mehefin), ac i ddathlu cyflawniadau'r rhai hynny sydd wedi rhagori mewn dysgu ymarferol a chysylltiedig â gwaith.

Cymeradwywyd Adam am ei frwdfrydedd ac angerdd am ddawns, rhywbeth sydd eisoes wedi ennill nifer o anrhydeddau iddo yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol ac ar raglen 'Don't Stop Believing' Sianel 5 ill dau.

Cydnabyddwyd y dyn ifanc hefyd gydag ysgoloriaeth o £60,000 i ysgol ddawns glodfawr yn Llundain.
Gorchfygodd Adam gystadleuaeth gadarn gan bum dysgwr arall o bob rhan o Gymru, bob un wedi'i roi ar y rhestr fer oherwydd ei ymrwymiad a thalent a ddangoswyd tra'n ennill cymwysterau galwedigaethol o golegau a chanolfannau hyfforddi.

Cyflwynwyd y gwobr i'r egin ddawnsiwr, gan gyn-seren rygbi Jonathan Davies mewn seremoni wobrwyo broffil-uchel a gynhaliwyd yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru, Caerdydd, i ddathlu Diwrnod VQ.

Wrth siarad am y Wobr VQ, fe dywedodd Adam: "Dwi wrth fy modd fy mod wedi ennill y gwobr, roedd yn sioc anferthol ond rwy'n falch iawn.

"Fe wnes i ddechrau dawnsio pan oeddwn i'n 12 mlwydd oed ac fe wnes i gwympo mewn cariad gyda fe, dywedodd rhai pobl eu bod yn meddwl fod gen i'r ddawn i'w wneud fel gyrfa felly fe wnes i benderfynu ymrestri yng Ngholeg PenyBont.

"Pan oeddwn i yno fe wnaeth fy nhiwtoriaid awgrymu i mi wneud cais i Ysgol Celfyddydau Perfformio Bird yn Llundain. Roedd yna dros 20,000 o geisiai ond roeddwn i'n un o'r rhai lwcus ac fe ges i fy ngwobrwyo gydag ysgoloriaeth. Rwy'n caru pob munud ohono.

"Ar ôl i mi orffen hyfforddi dwi eisiau perfformio yn y West End am rhai blynyddoedd ond wedyn fe hoffwn i ddod yn ôl i Gymru i ddechrau ysgol dawnsio fy hun ym Mhenybont."

Enwebwyd Adam, sy'n ddeunaw oed, gan ei diwtor yng Ngholeg Penybont lle bu ei ymrwymiad at ddysgu greu argraff a'i helpu wrth gyflawni clod triphlyg mewn Diploma Lefel 3 mewn Theatr Gerddorol.

Yn sgîl perfformiadau anghygoel mewn dawns bale, jas, tap a hip hop derbyniodd yr arddegydd wobr o ysgoloriaeth dair blynedd o £60,000 gan y Coleg Celfyddydau Perfformio Bird byd-enwog yn Llundain.

Mae Adam hefyd wedi gwibio i enwogrwydd ar y sgrîn fach trwy ei aelodaeth o'r grŵp dawnsio lleisiol TrueDynamix a gyrhaeddodd rownd derfynol rhaglen dalent Sianel 5, 'Don't Stop Believing'.

Cynhelir Diwrnod VQ bob blwyddyn i ddathlu llwyddiant miloedd o bobl ledled Cymru sy'n cyflawni cymwysterau galwedigaethol mewn amrywiaeth eang o bynciau megis saernïaeth, therapi harddwch a gofal plant. Fe'i trefnir yng Nghymru gan GolegauCymru a Ffederasiwn Hyfforddiant Cenedlaethol Cymru gyda chefnogaeth Llywodraeth Cymru, ac fe'i ariannir yn rhannol gan Gronfa Gymdeithasol Ewrop.

Llongyfarchodd y Dirprwy Weinidog Sgiliau, Jeff Cuthbert, bawb oedd wedi cyrraedd y rownd derfynol ar eu cyflawniadau, ymrwymiad a thalent sy'n eu gosod ar wahân i'w cyfoedion.

Meddai: "Hoffwn longyfarch Adam Taylor ar ennill Gwobr VQ eleni. Mae e a phob un o derfynwyr eleni wedi profi y gallwch chi fynd ymhell gyda chymwysterau galwedigaethol ac rwy'n gobeithio y bydd eu storïau'n ysbrydoliaeth i bobl eraill. Yn aml dydy cymwysterau galwedigaethol ddim yn mwynhau'r proffil uchel maen nhw'n eu haeddu ond maen nhw'n aruthrol o werthfawr wrth baratoi pobl ar gyfer gyrfaoedd llwyddiannus mewn llawer o feysydd gwahanol. Mae safon y dysgu galwedigaethol hyn, fel a arddangosir gan y bobl ragorol yma, yn gonglfaen dyfodol Cymru fel economi cystadleuol."

Y pum terfynwr arall oedd darpar beiriannwr Scott Kihlberg, 22, o Benarth, gweithwraig gofal a datblygu plant, Sian Preddy, 37, o Benybont ar Ogwr, a orchfygodd fyddardod dwfn i gyflawni marciau uchaf yn ei chwrs gradd sylfaenol.

Hefyd yn y ras oedd y seren gwallt a harddwch ar ei chynnydd,Charlotte Nicholls, 22, o Wrecsam, hyfforddwraig chwaraeon dan hyfforddiant a neidwraig uchel, Sian Swanson,19, o'r Drenewydd, a dewin cigyddiaeth, Tomos Hopkin, 18, o Bontardawe.

Mae eu storïau o lwyddiant yn cynrychioli storïau cannoedd o ddysgwyr ar draws Cymru sy'n dangos y ffordd i nifer gynyddol o bobl ifanc yng Nghymru sy'n dewis dilyn llwybr galwedigaethol bob blwyddyn.

Wrth siarad yn y Seremoni Wobrwyo ar Ddiwrnod VQ amlygodd y cyn-chwaraewr rygbi rhyngwladol sydd hefyd yn llysgennad Diwrnod VQ ac yn gyn-brentis, Jonathan Davies, y pwysigrwydd o hyfforddiant galwedigaethol tra'n canmol cyflawniad Adam.

Meddai Jonathan Davies: "Ni ellir tanbrisio pwysigrwydd dysgu sgiliau galwedigaethol, baswn i'n annog dysgwyr a phobl ifanc yng Nghymru i wneud y gorau o gyfleoedd ar gyfer dysgu ymarferol a hyfforddiant gweithredol. Mae'r amgylchedd gweithio'n cynyddu hyder a hunan-barch tra'n darparu'r gallu i ddelio â phobl o bob cefndir.

"Dwi wrth fy modd i fod yn Llysgennad Diwrnod VQ yng Nghymru ac i gyflwyno'r seremoni wobrwyo. Roedd yn anrhydedd i gwrdd â'r terfynwyr, hoffwn i eu canmol nhw am eu dysgu ac yn arbennig Adam am ei gyflawniadau rhagorol ym myd dawns."

Diwedd

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth cysylltwch â Caroline Holmes caroline.holmes@workingword.co.uk neu David Wilkinson (david.wilkinson@workingword.co.uk) yn Working Word ar 029 2064 6840 neu 07786642881

Gwobrwyo colegau a dysgwyr o fri

At a glittering ceremony at the Venue Cymru Llandudno on 31 May, outstanding learners and teachers were recognised as the top performers across colleges in Wales, and six colleges were awarded for driving improvements that benefit learners.

ColegauCymru's Annual Awards recognise outstanding achievements by learners, teachers and colleges and the quality of submissions for the ColegauCymru Awards 2012 was notably high. Taking inspiration from the Olympics, 'Raising the Bar' was the theme of the day's annual conference and the evening's award ceremony.

Indeed, coinciding with annual conference and award ceremony, the Minister for Education Leighton Andrews, in his letter to colleges outlining the Welsh Government's priorities for the further education sector, states: "In recent years, the FE sector has gone from strength to strength".

Dr John Graystone, ColegauCymru Chief Executive, said: "With the Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert delivering a highly positive speech to the annual conference and with the Minister for Education Leighton Andrews' timely letter in which he recognises colleges substantial achievements, it was fitting that the evening ended with showcases of the very best of college practices.

"Congratulations to all the winners and to those who were shortlisted. These awards ensure that best practice is properly recognised. The awards are also central to colleges' continual efforts to raise standards across the board by learning from the best."

The winners are:

  • Governance: joint winners Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Deeside College
  • Promoting Inclusive Learning: Coleg Sir Gâr
  • Quality Partnerships: Coleg Sir Gâr
  • Higher Education in Further Education: Bridgend College
  • Investing in Staff Development: Bridgend College
  • Teaching and Learning: Yale College Wrexham

In addition to the seven categories of ColegauCymru Awards 2012 open to colleges, the ColegauCymru Awards 2012 also recognised two individuals: a Learner of the Year and a Teacher of the Year.

Dr John Graystone continued: "It is important that we remember at all times that the purpose of colleges is to support learners in reaching their goals. Excellent teachers are key to enabling learners achieve, and it is right that they are recognised on the national stage. Congratulations to Sara Davies of Bridgend College and Helen Hodgkinson of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, who were jointly awarded the Teacher of the Year Award against a very strong shortlist.

"Outstanding learners are of course the success story of colleges. Congratulations to the winner David Bowen of Coleg Sir Gâr in winning the Learner of the Year Award. He is an outstanding role model with a WorldSkills Medallion of Excellence already under his belt."

Dr Graystone continued: "The ColegauCymru Awards 2012 not only benefit learners but also have a clear value to a wide range of highly-respected national organisations. We are delighted to have received sponsorship and strong support once again this year from: Agored Cymru, City & Guilds/ILM, Pearson, OCR Cymru, RSC Wales, Tribal Education and the Welsh Government."

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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:
1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is the national educational charity that represents all 19 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. The awards ceremony took place in the evening of 31 May 2012 at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

3. Photographs of the award winners are available on request.

4. The categories of the ColegauCymru / CollegesWales Awards 2012 and their sponsors (in brackets) with the shortlisted colleges and winners (w):

Awards for Individuals

Learner of the year (ColegauCymru / CollegesWales): David Bowen, Coleg Sir Gâr (w); Rhys Willett, Cardiff and Vale College; William Antony, Yale College Wrexham; Rebecca Jones, Deeside College.
Teacher of the year (RSC Wales): Helen Hodgkinson, Grwp Llandrillo Menai (w); Sara Davies, Bridgend College (w); Simon Haslam, Pembrokeshire College; Jonathon Shaw Deeside College.

Awards for Institutions
Governance (Tribal): Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (w); Deeside College (w); Gower College Swansea.
Promoting Inclusive Learning (Agored Cymru): Coleg Sir Gâr (w); Coleg Harlech WEA (N); Pembrokeshire College.
Quality Partnerships (OCR Cymru): Coleg Sir Gâr (w); Gower College Swansea; joint submission by Ystrad Mynach College, Coleg Morgannwg, Merthyr Tydfil College, Coleg Gwent.
Higher Education in Further Education (Pearson): Bridgend College (w); Grŵp Llandrillo Menai; Coleg Morgannwg; Coleg Sir Gâr.
Investing in Staff Development (City & Guilds / ILM): Bridgend College (w); Coleg Gwent; Gower College Swansea.
Teaching and Learning (Welsh Government): Yale College Wrexham (w); Grŵp Llandrillo Menai; Deeside College.

I Fyny Bo'r Nod: colegau'n dysgu o'r gemau Olympaidd

Mae cynhadledd flynyddol ColegauCymru ar 31 Mai 2012 yn Llandudno, "I Fyny Bo'r Nod", yn dysgu oddi wrth ysbryd y gemau Olympaidd eleni.

Despite notable successes, there's never a year when colleges stop trying to improve. When colleges achieve success, the bar is raised, higher and higher each time, and colleges must work that much harder to reach the new target. There's always a new goal and a new aspiration to aim for.
Working hard alongside colleges as partners in the 'Team Wales education squad' is a diverse range of public, private and third sector organisations, as well as, critically, hundreds of thousands of individual learners.

At the 'Raising the Bar' annual conference 2012, ColegauCymru is therefore delighted to be sharing the stage with some of the college sector's key partners, from business, higher education and the world of sport.

The strong lineup of conference speakers includes:

  • Mario Kreft MBE, Director of Pendine Park Care Organisation, who will give a business view of skills
  • Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales, who will consider how participating in sporting activities can raise aspirations
  • John Hughes, Vice Chancellor of Bangor University, who will look at improving opportunities in higher education in partnership with further education
  • Jeff Cuthbert, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills.

Dr John Graystone, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru said: "I am delighted with the senior line-up of key speakers at the 'Raising the Bar' conference. Colleges are fully committed to raising standards continually and to work with their partners to explore new ways to improve their responsiveness to the communities they serve.

"The percentage of learners who leave further education colleges with the qualifications they set out to achieve has again improved this year and now stands at 81%. Colleges are continuing apace with the Welsh Government's drive to transform the post-16 education and training landscape, with new partnerships and collaborations with schools, other colleges, universities and work-based providers, as well as mergers between colleges. But there is no complacency. Improving quality is very much work in progress."

In addition to the key speakers, the workshops too, will consider challenges and seek solutions. Covering topics as varied as planning and funding, teaching and learning, working with employers and progression to higher education, developing international opportunities, improving essential skills as well as the Olympic legacy, the workshops will be of considerable interest to the 120 plus delegates.

Dr Graystone concluded: "The conference speakers both from the platform and in the workshops will I'm certain be challenging and inspiring. I hope that the discussions at the conference will lead to a host of new ideas and the sharing of good practice helping to raise the quality bar to an Olympic gold standard across all colleges in Wales."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 2500.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1.Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli'r 20 coleg addysg bellach (AB) a'r dau sefydliad AB yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar GolegauCymru ar colegau y mae yn eu cynrychioli ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Cynhelir y gynhadledd ar 31 Mai yn Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

Dysgwyr Cymru i Wella'u Sgiliau yn Ewrop

Mae disgwyl i ragolygon dysgwyr colegau yng Nghymru gael hwb enfawr yn dilyn penderfyniad Rhaglen Dysgu Gydol Oes y Comisiwn Ewropeaidd i ddyfarnu €216,000 i CollegesWales (UK) International i ddatblygu sgiliau a chyflogadwyedd prentisiaid a myfyrwyr amser llawn trwy leoliadau gwaith yn Ewrop.

Mae CollegesWales (UK) International wrth ei fodd o fod wedi cael dwy flynedd arall o arian Leonardo da Vinci, gan ddyblu gwerth prosiect peilot hynod lwyddiannus y llynedd a ddaeth i ben fis diwethaf.

Nod y prosiect newydd yw cefnogi deuddeg coleg ledled Cymru i sicrhau a chefnogi lleoliadau gwaith o ddwy a thair wythnos o hyd yn Ewrop i fyfyrwyr a phrentisiaid amser llawn o Gymru, gan weithio gyda phartneriaid ar draws wyth gwlad Ewropeaidd arall. Bydd ystod y diwydiannau a'r mathau o leoliadau gwaith sy'n cael eu cynnwys yn y prosiect newydd yn cynyddu'n sylweddol, gan gwmpasu gofal plant, peirianneg, gwallt a harddwch, arlwyo ac amaethyddiaeth ymhlith eraill.

Bydd y prosiect yn adeiladu ar y partneriaethau a ddatblygwyd trwy flwyddyn beilot y lleoliadau gwaith. Yn ogystal, bydd colegau yng Nghymru'n cael cyfle i gryfhau'r partneriaethau eu hunain, a fydd yn cynorthwyo cynaliadwyedd lleoliadau cyfnewid Ewropeaidd i'r dyfodol.

Dywedodd John Graystone, Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru: "Rydw i wrth fy modd ac yn falch fod CollegesWales (UK) International wedi arwain cais ar y cyd mor aruthrol gyda chynifer o bartneriaid ledled Cymru ac Ewrop. Rydym wedi gwneud dechrau da dros y 12 mis diwethaf wrth ddatblygu cyfleoedd lleoliad gwaith yn Ewrop i brentisiaid o Gymru. Bydd y ddwy flynedd nesaf yn ein galluogi ni i ymgorffori cynaliadwyedd ac edrych ar leoliadau gwaith yn Ewrop fel rhan greiddiol o addysg a hyfforddiant galwedigaethol.

"Mae nifer o wledydd yn Ewrop eisoes wedi cyflawni tipyn o lwyddiant wrth ddatblygu sgiliau eu dysgwyr trwy raglenni datblygu sgiliau rhyngwladol fel hon. Rwy'n falch hefyd, trwy ymdrechion CollegesWales (UK) International, fod Cymru'n cael ei hychwanegu at y map Ewropeaidd ac y bydd dysgwyr o Gymru'n cael cyfleoedd tebyg i'w cyfoedion yn Ewrop ac yn gallu dysgu o arfer da mewn sawl gwlad. Rwy'n hynod falch fod y cais wedi'i raddio'n un 'gwych' gan y panel dyfarnu, gan wneud y cynnig yn un o'r rhai gorau yn y DU."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 2500 or 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli'r 19 coleg addysg bellach (AB) a'r dau sefydliad AB yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar GolegauCymru ar colegau y mae yn eu cynrychioli ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Mae CollegesWales (UK) International yn ran o GolegauCymru.

3. Ym mis Mawrth 2011 clywodd ColegauCymru ei fod wedi llwyddo yn ei gais cyntaf am nawdd oddi wrth y rhaglen Leonardo - sef Rhaglen Dysgu am Oes y Comisiwn Ewropeaidd. Prif nod y prosiect oedd galluogi lleoliadau gwaith yng ngwledydd Ewrop ar gyfer prentisiaid o Gymru. Mae cyhoeddiad heddiw yn perthyn i'r ail gais a wnaed gan CollegesWales (UK) International am nawdd oddi wrth Leonardo. Fe fydd y prosiect newydd yn dechrau yn hwyrach eleni.

Arian am Oes Dan Sylw'n y Senedd

Lloyds TSB's Money for Life financial capability and personal money skills programme that targets young people celebrated key milestones at a special event at the National Assembly for Wales' Senedd in Cardiff on Tuesday night.

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert hosted a reception to showcase the success of the programme, which is funded by Lloyds Banking Group and delivered in Wales by ColegauCymru/CollegesWales in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW).

The Lloyds TSB Money for Life programme aims to develop vital money management skills in trainers as well as learners across the further education (FE) sector, including colleges, work based learning providers and a wide range of organisations that are rooted in their local communities.

The programme has two key strands: firstly, developing the skills of those who work with young people and secondly, providing opportunities for young people to develop their own skills.

The training courses for those working with young people, Teach Me and Teach Others, give staff the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with young people to develop their financial capability.

A key success has been the capacity to reach a diverse range of community-based organisations, including housing associations, Gingerbread, Communities First, Trading Standards, Barnardo's, Credit Unions, the Citizens Advice Bureau, as well as colleges and work-based learning providers, with almost 200 recruited so far.

Staff are now much more able to support young people in learning about managing money.

Learners have been developing their own money management skills through Lloyds TSB's Money for Life Challenge. The Challenge is a competition that aims to find successful and innovative ways to improve the money management skills of learners, their friends, families and communities.

Showcasing their initiative to Assembly Members and guests at the Senedd event was the Lloyds TSB Money for Life Money for Life Challenge winner for Wales, the Don't Buy Posh – Save Your Dosh team from ACT Training Bridgend, who will carry the nation's hopes to the UK Grand Final in London on May 23.

The rising cost of food that leaves many people with little money at the end of the week to spend on other household essentials inspired the Don't Buy Posh Save Your Dosh team to host taste tests and set up a cut price cafe for a day to demonstrate that expensive isn't always best.

Showcasing the computer game that won them the People's Choice prize was Money Maze, a team of IT learners from Gower College Swansea. Other Lloyds TSB Money for Life Money for Life Challenge finalists and highly commended teams also joined the showcases.

ColegauCymru is now working with the Welsh Government, the National Grid for Learning and others to ensure that the high quality resources on money management developed as a result of the Teach Me and Teach Others programmes as well as by Lloyds TSB Money for Life Money for Life Challenge teams are made available to all.

Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert AM commended the Lloyds TSB Money for Life programme and said it had an important role to play in the Welsh Government's mission to eradicate child poverty.

"In the current economic climate, learning financial and money skills are as important as they have ever been," he added. "I am very encouraged to see the progress that the Money for Life programme has made in developing the skills of those who work with young people and providing opportunities for young people to develop their own skills."

Allan Griffiths, Lloyds Banking Group's area director commercial, said: "Our customers and communities are at the very heart of everything we do. As a bank we should be helping people – not just our customers, but the communities in which we operate – get better at managing their money.

"That's precisely why Lloyds Banking Group is proud to support people dealing with 'live' money issues through the Money for Life Programme. After all, managing your money is one of the most important skills you can learn."

Other speakers included ColegauCymru chief executive Dr John Graystone and National Training Federation for Wales' chief executive Arwyn Watkins, who said he hoped the Lloyds TSB Money for Life Challenge would become a feature of future curriculum planning.

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For further information regarding this press release contact Duncan Foulkes on Tel: 01686 650818 or Elliot Hughes, Manager, Money for Life Programme, on 07557 938 974.

Notes to editors:
The Money for Life programme is a partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and further education sector partners in the four nations of the UK on a financial capability and personal money skills programme that aims to embed vital money management skills in further education sector institutions or community groups. The partners include National Skills Academy for Financial Services, Scotland's Colleges, ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, Educational Guidance Service for Adults and Toynbee Hall and the National Training Federation Wales.

Picture caption
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Speakers (front from left) National Training Federation for Wales' chief executive Arwyn Watkins, Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert, Lloyds Banking Group's area director commercial Allan Griffiths and ColegauCymru chief executive Dr John Graystone with learners at the Senedd reception.

Winning Money for Life

Winners of the Wales final of the Money for Life Challenge 2012, who will carry the Welsh flag proudly in the UK Grand Final on 23 May, is the Don't Buy Posh Save Your Dosh team from ACT Training Bridgend. The Money for Life Challenge is a competition designed to find the most successful and innovative ways to improve the money management skills of learners, their friends, families and communities.

Money for Life Challenge is part of the Money for Life programme, a partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and further education sector partners in the four nations of the UK. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales manages the programme in Wales in partnership with the National Training Federation for Wales.

The rising cost of food that leaves many people with little money at the end of the week to spend on other household essentials inspired the Don't Buy Posh – Save Your Dosh team from ACT Training Bridgend to come up with money saving advice for young people. They targeted other young people at their training centre aged between 16-18 years who were often spending large amounts on their weekly shop without realising the savings they could make. They also hosted taste sessions and cooked a meal for a local community group Mental Health Matters.

"It's shocking and amazing to win and to represent our country in London," said Paige. "The project has boosted our confidence and the teamwork has been brilliant."

Sarah Porretta, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, said: "I am so impressed with the originality, creativity and enthusiasm shown by the teams, which is really inspiring.

"The Challenge focuses on equipping a new generation with the skills they need to best manage their money, helping them to realise their everyday needs and lifetime goals and allowing them to develop these skills and put them into practice.

"We look forward to welcoming the winning team to the UK Grand Final to be held on May 23. I only wish we could take all the Wales finalists."

The other Wales finalists were Debtly Matters from St David's Catholic College, Cardiff Drive Well Spend Less from ACT Training in Cardiff, Every Penny Counts from Port Talbot A4e Centre and Budget Brainstormers from Carmarthen Youth Project.

The teams came up with innovative ideas including money saving websites, advice on how to save on fuel and car costs, using drama and a workshop to spread money management skills to young people and buying own-brand foods to cut shopping bills.

Winner of the People's Prize, which was voted for from nine commended projects, was Money Maze from Gower College Swansea, who developed a game with money management, numeracy and literacy questions.

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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 20 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

About the Money for Life Challenge
2. The UK Grand Final takes place on 23 May 2012 in London. The winning team will be awarded £2,500 for a charity of their choice, £100 of Bonus Bonds for each member and a Lloyds Banking Group mentor for a year.

3. The Money for Life Challenge has been created in consultation with further education and community partners across the UK: National Skills Academy for Financial Services, Scotland's Colleges, ColegauCymru/CollegesWales, Educational Guidance Service for Adults and Toynbee Hall. Money for Life Challenge is part of the Money for Life programme, which aims to embed vital money management skills in further education sector institutions or community groups.

4. In Wales, ColegauCymru/CollegesWales manages the Money for Life programme in partnership with the National Training Federation Wales.
5. The final judging panel comprised senior representatives from ColegauCymru/ CollegesWales, the National Training Federation for Wales, Lloyds Bank, NIACE Dysgu Cymru, and NUS Cymru.

Lansio Blwch Offer ar Gyfer Addysgu Ôl-16 o'r Radd Flaenaf

Lecturers, course leaders, trainers, mentors and managers in post-16 education are enthusiastically embracing proven effective teaching strategies with renewed vigour, following the launch of a Teachers' Toolbox at the first interactive conference in Wales to focus exclusively on raising the quality of teaching and learning in post-16 education held on Friday 30 March.

Organised by ColegauCymru with the support of the Welsh Government, the Teaching and Learning Conference drew over 230 delegates from a spectrum of post-16 education providers, including all of Wales' further education colleges, as well as a number from work-based learning and community learning.

Led by Geoff Petty, author of the UK's best-selling teacher training text, delegates actively participated in highly effective teaching strategies. And in order to help share the theory and the best teaching practice more widely, ColegauCymru launched an online Teachers' Toolbox.

Chief Executive of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, John Graystone, said: "Learners rely on excellent teaching to achieve success. Over recent years, colleges have consistently improved their quality profile. The college sector is good, very good, but there are still areas that can be improved. The Teaching and Learning Conference was the first to focus exclusively on teaching strategies and it's testament to the FE sector that all of Wales' further education colleges participated in the conference.

"Much of the positive feedback was touching and heartfelt, including this comment from a delegate which encapsulates the whole enterprise of teaching and learning: 'At the end of a Friday afternoon I was shattered but left very positive and eager to try out the strategies and share them with colleagues. I hope my learners leave my lessons feeling that they have learned as much as I have today and eager to follow their learning'.

"Teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do and inspired teachers and learners are what we want. It appears that we're on the right track.

"I very much hope that teachers and managers will draw on the support of ColegauCymru's Teachers' Toolbox to improve teaching. It is a valuable contribution to colleges' professional communities of learning and assists colleges and other training providers to share ideas and support each other through the continuous development of good practice.

"The end goal is for educators and managers to be able say with confidence and with hand on heart that we're doing our best for learners."

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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 20 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. The Teaching and Learning Conference took place on 30 March 2012 at the All Nations Centre, Cardiff. It was hosted by ColegauCymru with the support of the Welsh Government.

3. The programme and conference pack as well as additional materials are available from the Teachers' Toolbox: http://moodle.colegaucymru.ac.uk

Y Libya Newydd yn Dysgu o Gymru

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales was delighted to welcome to Wales last week a delegation from the new Libyan Government to learn how colleges in Wales are driving to improve quality, developing their vocational curriculum, engaging with employers and providing young people with purposeful learning experiences.

The week-long visit, coordinated by CollegesWales (UK) International, took the delegation from the Libyan Ministry of Labour to visit Neath Port Talbot College, Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Llandrillo, Deeside College, Cardiff and Vale College, Coleg Gwent, the Sector Skills Alliance, and Careers Wales. They also participated in in-depth discussions on quality, policy and funding with ColegauCymru and the Welsh Government.

Khaled Elbaruni from the Ministry of Labour said: "Through this visit, the delegation from the Libyan Government has been able to concentrate on raising standards and increasing the employability prospects of the young people of Libya. We were delighted to have been given such a warm welcome to Wales and to have been able to meet a number of experts involved in the labour market and vocational training and a range of partners in Wales, taking in colleges, businesses and political institutions.

"A great deal is changing in Libya. Communities now have more freedom but there is a lack of infrastructure and skills development. Our purpose in coming to Wales was to identify critical success factors affecting strategy, plans, policies and organisations' performance. We return to Libya with a good understanding of high quality skills development and how it relates to the labour market. I very much hope that we will be able to work with experts in Wales as we move forward in developing policies appropriate for Libya that will help improve the situation of the Libyan people.

"Finally, I'd like to thank CollegesWales (UK) International for their hospitality, the respectful advice we received and its readiness to help Libya grow and meet the challenges we face in improving our standards of performance in vocational education and training, and in helping our youth in particular to develop skills for employability."

Chief Executive of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, John Graystone, said: "CollegesWales was delighted to be able to welcome this important delegation from Libya to Wales. The delegates clearly recognised the high standards colleges set themselves in Wales in developing skills and in continually raising quality".

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Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.

Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 20 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. CollegesWales (UK) International is a division of CollegesWales.

3. The delegation visited Wales from 18-24 March. The delegation comprised of officials from the Libyan Government's Ministry of Labour and young people from different cities whose aim is to help communicate the intentions of the Government on education and training to the next generation.

4. The delegation was sponsored by the British Council and was the last in a series of three delegations to Wales from Libya on post-16 education this month. The British Council Libya had originally approached the Wales International Consortium, with whom it had previously developed a relationship, for assistance in identifying appropriate lead partners in Wales to host the three delegations. The Wales International Consortium identified CollegesWales (UK) International as an appropriate host for the delegation concentrating on vocational education and training.

5. Yn y llun: y ddirprwyaith o Libya gyda Sian Holleran, Cydlynydd CollegesWales (UK) International, a John Graystone, Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru.

Gwobrwyo Sgiliau Arian

Pa mor dda yw'ch sgiliau arian? Allech chi fyth gael eich twyllo? Petai pethau'n mynd yn anodd, a fyddech yn syrthio i grafangau benthyciwr arian didrwydded? Dyma rai o'r cwestiynau a'r materion y mae myfyrwyr colegau ar hyd a lled Cymru'n mynd i'r afael â nhw fel rhan o Wythnosau Sgiliau Arian Barclays trwy gydol mis Mawrth a mis Ebrill.

Trwy weithio gydag 13 coleg yng Nghymru ac mewn partneriaeth â CholegauCymru / CollegesWales, mae Wythnosau Sgiliau Arian Barclays yn fenter sydd wedi'i dylunio i gryfhau sgiliau a gwybodaeth ariannol myfyrwyr, lleihau eu straen ariannol a chynyddu eu cyfleoedd o gyflawni eu nodau mewn bywyd.

Mae'r ystod eang o weithgareddau ymarferol a defnyddiol ar reoli arian yn cynnwys: 'Arbedion Bach Gwobrau Mawr', 'Steil Rhesymol', 'Delio â Dyled', 'Cadw i Fyny â'r Biliau', y 'Prawf Blasu', cyllidebu i fyw yn annibynnol, y gwerth o gadw cyllideb bersonol ac adnabod twyll.

Yn aml iawn, gall dysgu sgiliau bywyd pwysig fel rheoli arian ymddangos yn rhywbeth digalon ac yn rhy emosiynol i'w ddeall yn llwyr. Pleser o'r mwyaf, felly, yw gwybod bod gan Wythnosau Sgiliau Arian Barclays elfen greadigol a llawn hwyl hefyd. Mae'r gystadleuaeth 'Cynghorion Gorau' yn gofyn i fyfyrwyr gynnig cynghorion arbed arian gwych. Ac mae cystadleuaeth ffotograffig yn gwahodd myfyrwyr i dynnu ffotograff ar sail y thema 'Fy steil arian'.

Dywedodd John Graystone, Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru / CollegesWales: "Mae gwybod sut i gyllidebu a sut i gynilo yn sgiliau bywyd hanfodol bwysig y mae ar fyfyrwyr eu hangen er mwyn gallu lleihau eu straen ariannol a chanolbwyntio ar eu nodau mewn addysg. Rwy'n falch iawn bod 13 o golegau addysg bellach Cymru'n cynnig y cyfleoedd hyn i'w dysgwyr eleni. Yn ogystal, rwy'n siŵr bod cyflwyno'r fath

bwnc difrifol trwy ddefnyddio elfennau hwyliog a chreadigol yn sicrhau y bydd y negeseuon rheoli arian yn aros yn y cof."

Bydd enillwyr cystadlaethau Cymru'n mynd ymlaen i rownd derfynol y DU gyda'r gobaith o ennill profiad ym mhencadlys Barclays yn Canary Wharf.

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli'r 20 coleg addysg bellach (AB) a'r dau sefydliad AB yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar GolegauCymru ar colegau y mae yn eu cynrychioli ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Menter wedi'i dylunio i gryfhau sgiliau a gwybodaeth ariannol myfyrwyr, lleihau eu straen ariannol a chynyddu eu cyfleoedd o gyflawni eu nodau mewn addysg yw 'wythnosau' Sgiliau Arian Barclays.

3. Meithrin sgiliau i'r dyfodol: Bydd y rhaglen yn cael ei chyflwyno i dros 160 o golegau addysg bellach (AB), gan gyrraedd dros 100,000 o fyfyrwyr ledled y DU. Dyluniwyd y digwyddiadau rhyngweithiol wythnos o hyd i fod yn ddiddan ac yn llawn gwybodaeth. Mae'r gweithgareddau'n seiliedig ar bynciau sydd o ddiddordeb i fyfyrwyr fel bwyd, ffasiwn, teulu a byw yn annibynnol. Rhoddir cyfle i'r myfyrwyr adeiladu sgiliau hollbwysig i'r dyfodol a dysgu gwybodaeth am faterion cyllid personol a rheoli eu cyllideb. Cyflwynir y rhaglen mewn partneriaeth â'r National Skills Academy for Financial Services, ynghyd â CholegauCymru / CollegesWales, Scotland's Colleges a'r Education Guidance Service for Adults yng Ngogledd Iwerddon.
4. Cefnogir pob coleg cyfrannog gan grantiau bach a chan y gymuned fusnes, dan arweiniad gwirfoddolwyr Barclays a fydd yn gwirfoddoli i helpu colegau gyda'r gwaith o gynllunio ac/neu gyflwyno gweithgareddau yn ystod Wythnosau Sgiliau Arian Barclays. Caiff y rhaglen ei chyflwyno mewn partneriaeth gyda'r Academi Genedlaethol dros Wasanaethau Arian, ynghyd â CholegauCymru, Scotland's Colleges, a'r Education Guidance Service for Adults yng Ngogledd Iwerddon.

5. Yr 13 coleg sy'n cymryd rhan yn Wythnosau Arian 2012 yw:
Coleg Gŵyr Abertawe (5 Mawrth)
Coleg Glannau Dyfrdwy (12 Mawrth)
Coleg Merthyr Tudful (12 Mawrth)
Coleg Ceredigion (12 Mawrth)
Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot (12 Mawrth)
Coleg Powys (12 Mawrth)
Coleg Iâl, Wrecsam (19 Mawrth)
Coleg Sir Benfro (19 Mawrth)
Coleg Gatholig Dewi Sant (19 Mawrth)
Y Coleg Ystrad Mynach (26 Mawrth)
Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro (campysau Caerdydd a'r Barri) (26 Mawrth)
Coleg Sir Gâr (23 Ebrill)
Coleg Llandrillo Cymru (23 Ebrill)

Basgiaid Entrepreneuraidd yn Dysgu gan Gymru

Mae pencampwyr entrepreneuriaeth o golegau technegol Gwlad y Basg yng Nghymru'r wythnos hon i ddysgu sut mae colegau addysg bellach yn arwain ac yn rheoli newid, ac er mwyn ystyried cydweithio posibl i'r dyfodol rhwng Gwlad y Basg a Chymru.

Mewn wythnos ddeinamig o weithgareddau, bydd cynrychiolwyr Gwlad y Basg yn clywed wrth nifer o golegau addysg bellach yn ogystal â sefydliadau'r llywodraeth, cwmnïau preifat ac yn cymryd rhan yn rownd derfynol Cymru yn yr Her Entrepreneuriaeth Fyd-eang. Bydd yr ymweliad, a gynhelir gan CollegesWales (UK) International, yn edrych hefyd i adnabod cyfleoedd i gydweithio a galluogi entrepreneuriaid ifanc o Gymru a Gwlad y Basg i ddatblygu cysylltiadau.

Dywedodd Unai Diago Santamarina, athro yng Ngholeg Technegol Salesianos Deusto, Bilbao ac aelod o'r gynrychiolaeth: "Mae ein cynrychiolaeth o ddeg pencampwr entrepreneuriaeth o Wlad y Basg yn edrych i wneud argymhellion i wneuthurwyr polisi, gwella hyfforddiant i fyfyrwyr a gwella ansawdd a chynaliadwyedd cwmnïau sy'n cymryd rhan mewn gweithgarwch entrepreneuraidd.

"Ar ein diwrnod cyntaf ni yma yng Nghymru, bu gennym ddiddordeb penodol i glywed am swm enfawr yr ymdrech y mae colegau yng Nghymru'n ei wneud i wella'u cost effeithiolrwydd trwy gydweithio ac uno. Roeddem yn gyffrous iawn hefyd o glywed am Gymhwyster Bagloriaeth Cymru sy'n dwyn ynghyd llwybrau academaidd a galwedigaethol mewn un cymhwyster. Rydym bellach yn edrych ymlaen at archwilio'r cyfleusterau safon diwydiant mewn colegau fel salonau gwallt a harddwch sydd ar agor i'r cyhoedd."

Dywedodd John Graystone, Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru / CollegesWales,: "Mae CollegesWales (UK) International wrth ei fodd o gynnal ymweliad i addysgwyr entrepreneuriaeth Gwlad y Basg. Bu diwrnod cyntaf yr ymweliad yn llewyrchus wrth ddechrau trafodaethau newydd ar addysgu entrepreneuriaeth.

"Mae Gwlad y Basg a Chymru'n syndod o debyg. Mae gan y ddwy lywodraeth ddatganoledig, dwy iaith swyddogol a phoblogaeth o faint tebyg, gyda'r ddwy'n gweithio i fodloni heriau economaidd ac addysgol tebyg sy'n cynnwys materion sgiliau sylfaenol a chynnal busnesau trwy addysgu'r gweithlu i safonau diwydiant ansawdd uchel.

"Mae Colegau yng Nghymru bob amser yn barod i rannu eu harbenigedd ac i ddysgu wrth eraill, gan edrych y tu hwnt i'r blwch am atebion i'r materion sy'n ein hwynebu. Rydw i wrth fy modd fod gwaith CollegesWales (UK) International yn gallu hwyluso'r fath ddeialog gyda gweithwyr proffesiynol o'r un anian o wledydd eraill.

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli'r 20 coleg addysg bellach (AB) a'r dau sefydliad AB yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar GolegauCymru ar colegau y mae yn eu cynrychioli ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Mae'r wythnos o weithgareddau yn cynnwys cyflwyniad i addysg a hyfforddiant galwedigaethol yn Nghymru ac addysg ar entrepreneuriaeth yng Nghymru, a hefyd ymweliadau â'r Ganolfan QED, Busnes mewn Ffocws, Groundwork Wales, Taste of Experience, Nant Ddu Lodge a Penderyn Whisky. Bydd aelodau o'r ddirprwyaeth hefyd yn cymryd rhan fel beirniaid yn rown derfynol Cymru o'r Her Entrepreneuriaeth Fyd-Eang ar 14 Mawrth yng Nghanolfan yr Urdd, Caerdydd.

3. Mae'r ddirwprwyaeth yn cynnwys deg pencampwr entrepreneuriaeth. Caiff ei harwain gan Maria Pilar Diez Mintegui, Cydlynydd Entrepreneuriaeth yr Ieuainc gyda TKNIKA – canolfan a ariennir gan Lywodraeth y Basg dros arloesedd yn y sector addysg a hyfforddiant alwedigaethol. Ariennir yr ymweliad gan raglen Leonardo (arian Ewropeaidd) ar gyfer Addysg a Hyfforddiant Alwedigaethol (VETPRO).

Uchelgais Colegau: Gweithlu Dwyieithog

Roedd ymfalchïo yn yr iaith Gymraeg a chydnabod ei manteision yn y byd gwaith yn rhai o'r prif negeseuon yn y digwyddiad cyntaf o'i fath i fyfyrwyr galwedigaethol sy'n medru'r Gymraeg. Trefnwyd y digwyddiad gan bartneriaeth oedd yn cynnwys colegau addysg bellach: Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro, Coleg Gwent, Coleg Penybont, ynghyd â'r Urdd a'r Mentrau Iaith, ac a amserwyd i ddilyn dathliadau Dydd Gŵyl Dewi.

Mae gan fyfyrwyr galwedigaethol mewn colegau addysg bellach lygad craff ar y gweithle. Maen nhw'n dysgu crefftau a sgiliau busnes sy'n uniongyrchol berthnasol i'r byd gwaith. Mae'r rhan fwyaf yn dewis defnyddio'u cymwysterau'n lleol, gan aros yn eu cymunedau i weithio. Mae gan yr iaith a'r diwylliant maen nhw'n eu hymarfer ac yn eu gwerthfawrogi ochr yn ochr â'u sgiliau proffesiynol effaith uniongyrchol felly ar natur cymunedau yng Nghymru.

Darparodd y digwyddiad ar 2 Mawrth gwir gyfle i fyfyrwyr coleg sy'n medru'r Gymraeg ar draws de ddwyrain Cymru uniaethu gyda chymuned gyfoedion fwy o faint ac i fyfyrio ar werth sgiliau iaith Gymraeg i'r gweithle ac mewn busnes ac i'w hannog i barhau i ddefnyddio a datblygu eu sgiliau ymhellach.

Dywedodd Delme Bowen, Maer Caerdydd a oedd yn siarad yn y digwyddiad: "Mae'ch iaith yn rhan o'ch hunaniaeth. Cyfoethogwch y byd gyda'ch iaith a'ch diwylliant. Mae meddu ar yr iaith Gymraeg yn gaffaeliad. Yn wir, mae bod yn amlieithog yn gaffaeliad."

Rhannodd Geraint Evans, Cadeirydd Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro, sy'n ŵr busnes llwyddiannus ac yn Gadeirydd Busnes mewn Ffocws, hefyd ei brofiad o'r gwerth uniongyrchol y mae ei sgiliau iaith Gymraeg wedi'u rhoi iddo mewn busnes, hyd yn oed mewn ardal lle na chaiff y Gymraeg ei siarad ar raddfa eang. Dilynwyd ac atgyfnerthwyd ei neges gan gyflwyniadau ystod o gwmnïau yn y sector preifat a chyhoeddus sy'n cynrychioli twristiaeth, y gwasanaethau cyhoeddus, gofal plant ac asiantaeth recriwtio.

Dywedodd Bleddyn Lewis, myfyriwr 18 oed Diploma Estynedig Lefel 3 BTEC mewn Celf a Dylunio yng Ngholeg Caerdydd a'r Fro: "Mae'r diwrnod hwn wedi ehangu fy ngweledigaeth o'r iaith Gymraeg. Mae wedi gwneud imi sylweddoli bod cael y gallu i siarad y Gymraeg yn rhoi imi fantais yn y gweithle yng Nghymru."

Dywedodd Rebecca Townsend-Ryan, myfyrwraig 18 oed yn Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg: "Ar ôl gwneud lleoliad gwaith mewn ysgol, rydw i wedi cael cynnig swydd fel Cynorthwyydd Cymorth Dysgu a theimlaf fod yr iaith Gymraeg wedi chwarae rôl sylfaenol yn hyn. Fodd bynnag, rydw i wedi dysgu heddiw fod ffordd well o ysgrifennu CV a hyrwyddo'r ffaith i gyflogwyr y gallaf siarad Cymraeg. Teimlaf y byddai myfyrwyr blwyddyn un ar ddeg yn elwa'n fawr iawn ar y profiad hwn."

Casglodd Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru, John Graystone: "'Gwnewch y pethau bychain' oedd chwedl Dewi Sant. Mae cymaint yn haws cynnal a hogi sgil sy'n cael ei ddefnyddio'n ddyddiol nag yw hi i orfod dechrau o'r dechrau eto yn ddiweddarach os bydd yn cael ei adael i ddadfeilio. Atgoffodd y digwyddiad hwn ddarpar entrepreneuriaid a gweithwyr Cymru, i'r sawl a chanddynt sylfaen dda yn y Gymraeg, ar ôl dysgu'r iaith yn yr ysgol neu'r cartref, mae gwerth mewn cynnal a datblygu'r sgiliau hynny ar hyd gyrfa coleg a gwaith. Nid yn unig unigolion fydd yn elwa ond y gymuned leol a Chymru ar raddfa ehangach hefyd."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli'r 20 coleg addysg bellach (AB) a'r dau sefydliad AB yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar GolegauCymru ar colegau y mae yn eu cynrychioli ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Y llun (gan Coleg Caerdydd a'r Fro) yn dangos Maer Caerdydd Delme Bowen yn anerch y gynhadledd.

Digwyddiad yn nodi cyfnod newydd o weithio gyda myfyrwyr

Mae sefydliadau addysg bellach nawr wedi ymrwymo i sicrhau bod myfyrwyr sy'n dilyn cyrsiau addysg uwch yn cymryd rhan yn y gwaith o lywio'r ffordd maent yn treulio'u hamser yn y coleg.

Sefydlwyd Menter Ymgysylltu â Myfyrwyr Cymru - WISE - yn 2009 i sicrhau bod myfyrwyr prifysgol yn chwarae rôl weithgar wrth lywio'u profiad addysg uwch (AU) eu hunain.

Mae WISE yn addo gwella'r ffordd mae myfyrwyr addysg uwch yn rhoi ac yn derbyn adborth - yn cynnwys cyfrannu at adolygiadau ansawdd allanol o'r sefydliad - gyda'r bwriad o wella'u hamgylchedd dysgu, p'un a ydynt yn astudio mewn prifysgolion neu golegau addysg bellach.

Bydd myfyrwyr a chynrychiolwyr prifysgolion a cholegau yn dod at ei gilydd mewn digwyddiad yn y Senedd heddiw i nodi'r cyfnod newydd hwn o gydweithio.

Yn nigwyddiad WISE heddiw ym Mae Caerdydd bydd anerchiadau gan Leighton Andrew, y Gweinidog Addysg a Luke Young, Llywydd UCM Cymru, sydd eisoes wedi croesawu'r cyfraniadau a wnaed hyd yn hyn i gysylltu sefydliadau â myfyrwyr. Bydd Yr Athro John Hughes, cadeirydd Addysg Uwch Cymru, hefyd yn annerch y gynulleidfa.

Dywedodd Yr Athro Philip Gummett, prif weithredwr Cyngor Cyllido Addysg Uwch Cymru (CCAUC): "Mae myfyrwyr yn arbenigwyr o ran eu profiadau eu hunain o addysg uwch. Drwy sicrhau rhyngweithio gwell rhyngddynt a'u sefydliad AU, rydym yn gobeithio y bydd myfyrwyr yn ysgogi newidiadau positif a fydd yn talu ffordd iddynt, a fydd o fudd i'w sefydliad a phrofiadau dysgu darpar fyfyrwyr."

Dywedodd Luke Young, llywydd UCM Cymru: "Mae myfyrwyr yn bartneriaid yn eu haddysg a dylem ddathlu'r dull Cymreig hwn. Mae llawer o waith gennym i'w wneud er mwyn sicrhau bod y weledigaeth hon yn cael ei gwireddu, ond mae'r cymorth unedig i greu undebau cryf ac effeithiol i fyfyrwyr, ochr yn ochr â phrosiect Dweud eich Dweud, yn hyrwyddo'r agenda hon."

Dywedodd Amanda Wilkinson, cyfarwyddwr Addysg Uwch Cymru: "Mae gwrando ar anghenion a barn myfyrwyr yn allweddol i sicrhau sector addysg uwch arloesol ac effeithiol yng Nghymru. Mae menter WISE yn prysur ddatblygu i fod yn safon ansawdd o ran ymgysylltu â myfyrwyr. Mae'r digwyddiad hwn yn gyfle gwych i ddathlu llwyddiannau a chyflawniadau menter WISE ledled Cymru hyd yn hyn ac edrych ymlaen at y potensial gwych sy'n bodoli i adeiladu ar y gwaith hwn. Drwy weithio gyda'n partneriaid yn y sector gallwn barhau i sefydlu addysg uwch Cymru fel arweinydd sy'n rhoi myfyrwyr wrth wraidd addysg uwch ac yn rhoi'r cyfle iddynt chwarae rhan weithgar wrth lywio a dylanwadu ar eu profiad addysgol."

Dywedodd Greg Walker, dirprwy brif weithredwr ColegauCymru: "Mae miloedd o fyfyrwyr sy'n astudio cyrsiau addysg uwch yng Nghymru yn dewis sefydliad addysg bellach fel eu darparwr addysg uwch. Newyddion gwych yw clywed y bydd myfyrwyr addysg uwch yng Nghymru, p'un a fyddant yn dewis coleg addysg bellach neu brifysgol fel darparwr, yn gallu elwa ar ddull cenedlaethol, lle mae eu barn a'u profiadau yn cael eu hystyried wrth geisio codi safon addysg yng Nghymru yn barhaus."

Dywedodd yr Athro Craig Mahoney, prif weithredwr yr Academi Addysg Uwch: "Mae gwrando ar fyfyrwyr a deall eu hanghenion yn hanfodol i lwyddiant system addysg uwch fodern yn y dyfodol. Mae datblygu ymgysylltiad myfyrwyr drwy fentrau fel WISE yn sicrhau y gallant chwarae rôl weithgar wrth lywio'u haddysg yn cynnwys gwneud penderfyniadau ar bob lefel mewn sefydliad.

"Mae'r Academi Addysg Uwch hefyd yn gweithio gyda'r gymuned AU ar arolygon profiad y myfyrwyr: gan drosi canlyniadau'r Arolwg Cenedlaethol o Fyfyrwyr a chanlyniadau ein harolygon is-raddedig a addysgir ac ymchwil ôl-raddedig i ddata i lywio datblygiad strategol a gwella profiad dysgu'r myfyrwyr.

"Mae'r Academi Addysg Uwch wrthi'n gweithio gyda sefydliadau AU Cymru i ddatblygu eu siarterau myfyrwyr ymhellach."

Dywedodd Anthony McClaran, prif weithredwr yr Asiantaeth Sicrhau Ansawdd ar gyfer Addysg Uwch: "Mae lleisiau cryf myfyrwyr yn ysgogi gwelliannau ansawdd mewn sefydliadau. Mae adborth gan fyfyrwyr a chyfraniadau gwerthfawr adolygwyr myfyrwyr yn hanfodol i'n hadolygiadau o addysg uwch yng Nghymru. Mae'n bwysig ein bod, fel sector, yn gwneud popeth o fewn ein gallu i annog myfyrwyr i ymgysylltu â'r materion pwysig sy'n dylanwadu ar ansawdd eu haddysg."

Diwedd

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Nodiadau i olygyddion:
Astudiaeth achos: Carleigh Connolly myfyriwr llywodraethwr yng Ngholeg Morgannwg

Dechreuodd Carleigh fel cynrychiolydd myfyriwr yn ei choleg ac yna enillodd yr etholiad i ddod yn fyfyriwr llywodraethwr. Mae wedi bod yn gwneud gwahaniaeth fel myfyriwr llywodraethwr ers mis Medi 2011. Ymhlith rhai o'i llwyddiannau mae sicrhau mwy o fannau tawel i fyfyrwyr yng nghampws Nantgarw'r coleg, a fydd yn agor ym mis Medi 2012. Mae hefyd wedi gweithio'n galed i ymgyrchu yn erbyn bwlio gan ddod â mwy o gymorth i fyfyrwyr sy'n cael eu bwlio.

Mwy o wybodaeth am Ymgysylltu â Myfyrwyr Cymru (WISE)
www.wisewales.com

Digwyddiad Menter Ymgysylltu â Myfyrwyr Cymru

Y Senedd, Bae Caerdydd, 15:00 – 17:00
15:00: cyrraedd, cofrestru, lluniaeth ysgafn, rhwydweithio, cerddoriaeth
16:00: Roger Thomas, Cadeirydd CCAUC: croeso a chyflwyniad
16:05: Yr Athro John Hughes, Cadeirydd Addysg Uwch Cymru
16.10: Leighton Andrews AC, Y Gweinidog Addysg a Sgiliau
16:20: Luke Young, Llywydd UCM Cymru
16:30: Roger Thomas - sylwadau i gloi

Arddangos Sgiliau Theatrig Cymru yn Tsieina

Mae deg myfyriwr o ddau o golegau Cymru'n paratoi am daith eu bywyd i ddathlu Wythnos Cymru yn Chongqing, Tsieina'r wythnos nesaf, lle byddant yn perfformio cynhyrchiad theatr o Dan y Wenallt (Under Milk Wood) ac yn cynnal gweithdai ar greu gwisgoedd, colur a pherfformio i'w cymheiriaid yn Tsieina.

Ffrwyth cydweithrediad rhwng Coleg Morgannwg a Choleg Powys yw'r cyfnewid diwylliannol, gyda CollegesWales (UK) International yn cydlynu a'r cyllid yn cael ei ddarparu gan y Cyngor Prydeinig.
Mae cyfanswm o ddeg myfyriwr a thri aelod o staff y colegau sy'n arbenigo mewn dylunio gwisgoedd a'r celfyddydau perfformio'n hedfan i Chongqing ar 25 Chwefror. Mae eu hamserlen teithio lawn yn cynnwys perfformiad yn ystod agoriad swyddogol Wythnos Cymru ar 27 Chwefror yng nghwmni uwch gynrychiolwyr Llywodraeth Fwrdeistrefol Chongqing a Llywodraeth Cymru.

Dywedodd Tanya Bevan, Dirprwy Gyfarwyddwr Cyngor Prydeinig Cymru: "Mae hwn yn gyfle unigryw i'r myfyrwyr hyn ac rydym wrth ein bodd o gefnogi'r cyfnewid diwylliannol hwn. Bydd myfyrwyr o Tsieina a Chymru'n elwa ar y prosiect hwn wrth iddynt ddysgu am ddiwylliannau ei gilydd.

Ychwanegodd Judith Evans, Pennaeth Coleg Morgannwg: "Bydd y prosiect hwn yn cynnig profiad bythgofiadwy i'n dysgwyr o Gymru ac yn wir, i'r sawl yn Tsieina. Rwy'n siŵr bydd ein myfyrwyr o Gymru'n llysgenhadon gwych i'n gwlad".

Ychwanegodd Simon Pirotte, Pennaeth Coleg Powys: "Rydym wrth ein bodd o gael y cyfle hwn gan y Cyngor Prydeinig a CollegesWales (UK) International. Mae Chongqing yn ddinas o ryw 31 miliwn o bobl. Mae gan Bowys 130,000 o bobl! Bydd ein myfyrwyr yn ennyn gwir ddealltwriaeth o'u lle mewn cymdeithas fyd-eang. Bydd y cynhyrchiad a'r gweithdai'n helpu hefyd i hyrwyddo Cymru mewn ardal bwysig o ddatblygu economaidd byd-eang.

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i Olygyddion

1. CollegesWales (UK) International is a division of CollegesWales - an educational charity and a company limited by guarantee which represents all of Wales' further education colleges. Its purpose is to work with other countries to offer more opportunities to learners, to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations.

2. In 2011, eleven of Wales' further education colleges formed a Wales-Chongqing Further Education Consortium as part of CollegesWales (UK) International. The Wales Week 2012 cultural exchange in which Coleg Morgannwg and Coleg Powys are participating has been coordinated by CollegesWales (UK) International's offices in Wales and Chongqing. For further details on the consortium, visit http://www.collegeswales.ac.uk/en-GB/china-270.aspx

3. Wales Week is an annual celebration organised by the Welsh Government to celebrate the special relationship that exists between Chongqing and Wales. Wales Week 2012 runs from Monday 27th February until Friday 2nd March and will showcase Welsh industry, education, culture and arts, and tourism and highlight the exchanges, co-operation and progress between Wales and Chongqing.

4. The municipality of Chongqing has a population of over 31 million. Chongqing city has a population of over 6 million people. Its main industries are car, motorcycle and aviation manufacturing, the manufacture of consumer goods (laptops), coal mining and heavy industry. The Welsh Government and the Municipal Government of Chongqing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on industry, education and economic development projects. Delegates from colleges in Wales and Chongqing have undertaken a number of visits to each others' regions and have now developed strong and lasting relationships.

5. The principal of Coleg Powys, Simon Pirotte, will lead the visit on behalf of CollegesWales (UK) International. The participants from Coleg Powys are: one tutor and seven students; and from Coleg Morgannwg, there are three students and two members of staff.

Prentisiaid yn buddio o sgiliau ieithoedd tramor

Heddiw, ar ddechrau Wythnos Genedlaethol Prentisiaethau, mae ColegauCymru yn dathlu cyfle newydd i brentisiaid wella eu sgiliau mewn ieithoedd tramor a chael profiad gwaith gwerthfawr mewn gwahanol wledydd yn Ewrop, diolch i raglen lleoliadau gwaith sy'n cael ei chydgysylltu gan CollegesWales International.

Yn yr economi fyd-eang gystadleuol iawn, mae gwybodaeth o ieithoedd tramor modern o fudd aruthrol. Gellir cael hyd i yrfaoedd galwedigaethol sy'n gludadwy yn rhyngwladol ym meysydd adeiladu, arlwyo, addysg, gweinyddu busnes, peirianneg, therapi harddwch, a mwy. Mae sgiliau technegol a meddal lefel uchel a phrofiad o ddiwylliannau eraill a chrap ar iaith arall yn cynnig cyfuniad dihafal.

Meddai Cydgysylltydd CollegesWales International, Siân Holleran, sy'n siarad pedair iaith ei hun: "Mae'r rhaglen lleoliadau gwaith Ewropeaidd yn uchelgeisiol a heriol i ddysgwyr. Mae'n golygu bod prentisiaid yn ysgwyddo'r cyfrifoldeb am wneud gwaith mewn cwmni yn Ewrop. Rhaid iddyn nhw ymaddasu i ddiwylliant newydd, dod ymlaen gyda chydweithwyr newydd a chyfathrebu mewn iaith anghyfarwydd drwy gydol eu harhosiad. Mae'n brofiad gwych sy'n aeddfedu rhywun ac yn gyfle i feithrin sgiliau.
"Mae'r rhaglen lleoliadau gwaith yn cynnwys sesiynau paratoi ieithyddol a diwylliannol, sy'n golygu nad oes angen gwybodaeth flaenorol o iaith swyddogol y wlad lle mae'r prentis yn mynd. Fodd bynnag, mae'n amlwg bod cefndir yn yr iaith berthnasol yn llwyfan werthfawr."

Mae Charlotte Hodgens a Joseph Barry yn brentisiaid gyda'r Gwasanaeth Troseddau Ieuenctid yn Abertawe. Maent yn hyfforddi i fod yn fentoriaid, yn gweithio gyda throseddwyr ifanc a phobl ifanc sydd 'mewn perygl' yn ardal Abertawe. Aethant ar leoliad tair wythnos yn yr Eidal yr hydref diwethaf, gan fentora grŵp amrywiol o interniaid o amryw o wledydd Ewropeaidd. Cafodd y paratoadau ar gyfer eu lleoliad eu cydgysylltu gan CollegesWales International gyda chymorth Coleg Gŵyr Abertawe, a'u trefnu yn yr Eidal gan Centro Servizi Cultura Sviluppo Srl.

Gan annerch 120 o ddisgyblion ysgol ym mhedwaredd gynhadledd flynyddol "Cymru, Ewrop a'r Byd", a gynhaliwyd ddydd Gwener diwethaf, esboniodd Joseph y cysylltiadau rhwng eu gwaith fel prentisiaid gyda'r Gwasanaeth Troseddau Ieuenctid a'u lleoliad gwaith yn yr Eidal. "Yn Abertawe, rydyn ni'n rhoi cymorth i blant hŷn a phobl ifanc hyd at 16 oed. Yn yr Eidal, roedd yr interniaid roedden ni'n eu mentora'n hŷn, 17 oed a mwy, ond roedd eu hanghenion am gymorth yn debyg. Roedd yr interniaid roedden ni'n eu cynorthwyo'n byw mewn gwlad estron am hyd at ddeng mis, heb adnabod neb a heb wybodaeth flaenorol o'r Eidaleg. Ein gwaith ni oedd eu mentora drwy gyfnodau adnodd a meithrin ysbryd teuluol a morâl".

Meddai Charlotte: "Mae'n bwysig gwneud y gorau o'r cyfleoedd rydych chi'n dod ar eu traws. Roedd yn codi ofn braidd, ond roedd mor werth chweil. Doeddwn i erioed wedi bod i wlad dramor ar fy mhen fy hun cyn y lleoliad gwaith hwn, felly roedd yn brofiad boddhaol iawn i mi yn bersonol ac yn fodd i mi aeddfedu. Hefyd, er 'mod i wedi dysgu rhywfaint o Eidaleg yn y coleg cyn i mi fynd i'r Eidal, y ffordd orau i ddysgu iaith yw ei defnyddio. Dyna wnes i, ac mewn tair wythnos yn unig gwellodd fy sgiliau iaith yn fawr. Dwi mor falch 'mod i wedi cael y cyfle hwn. Mae hon yn profi i fod yn brentisiaeth wych!"

Dywedodd Janice Hall, Arweinydd Tîm Uned Cynhadledd Grŵp Tîm, sy'n rhan o'r Gwasanaeth Troseddau Ieuenctid: "Mae hwn wedi bod yn gyfle anhygoel i'r hyfforddeion fyw a gweithio yn yr Eidal a hefyd i ymwneud bob dydd â chynifer o ddiwylliannau gwahanol gan fod CSCS yn darparu cyfleoedd gwaith i bobl ifanc o amryw o wledydd Ewropeaidd. Mae'r profiad wedi bod yn foddhaol iddyn nhw yn bersonol ac mae hefyd wedi darparu tystiolaeth ar gyfer eu cymhwyster galwedigaethol."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.
Nodiadau i olygyddion:
1. ColegauCymru is a national educational charity that represents all 20 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. CollegesWales International is the international arm of ColegauCymru.

3. The European work placement programme organised by CollegesWales International is funded by the Leonardo Programme - part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme http://www.leonardo.org.uk/

4. In the first year of the CollegesWales International programme, 30 apprentices from colleges across Wales are being supported in work placements in Spain and Italy. Other countries in Europe have already signalled their interest to become involved in the programme if CollegesWales International is successful in its funding bit to continue the programme beyond 2011/12.

5. Four apprentices from the Youth Offending Service who study at Gower College Swansea, including Charlotte and Joseph, went to Italy in September/October 2011. In Wales, the work placements were coordinated by ColegauCymru. The placements were organised in Italy by Centro Servizi Cultura Sviluppo Srl (CSCS). CSCS is a vocational training provider which is also active in the field of student and staff mobility and supports European educational providers to plan and implement work placements in Italy through www.italymobility.com

6. Charlotte and Joseph were speaking at "Wales, Europe & the World" – a conference to promote languages in the workplace for 14-19 year olds. The conference was organised by Routes into Languages Cymru and took place at Cardiff City Hall on Friday 3 February 2012.

Trafodaeth Genedlaethol ar Gymwysterau: ar waith

Mae trafodaeth genedlaethol ar gymwysterau yng Nghymru wedi dechrau go iawn gyda thrafodaethau dwys a chwestiynau a materion o bwys mawr yn cael eu codi yn y Gynhadledd Genedlaethol ar Gymwysterau ddoe yng Nghaerdydd, a gynhaliwyd gan GolegauCymru mewn partneriaeth â Llywodraeth Cymru.

Bu addysgwyr o bob sector a phob cwr o Gymru'n trafod a dadlau am gwestiynau sylweddol ar berthnasedd cymwysterau a'r ffordd y cânt eu hasesu, yn ogystal ag ystyried sut y dylid mesur perfformiad, a chwestiynau penodol ar sgiliau hanfodol a Chymhwyster Bagloriaeth Cymru.

Yn dilyn prif gyfraniad gan yr Athro Alison Wolf, awdur yr adroddiad dylanwadol iawn ar Gymwysterau Galwedigaethol yn Lloegr a gomisiynwyd gan Lywodraeth y Deyrnas Unedig y llynedd, bu'r gynhadledd hefyd yn ystyried y peryglon a'r cyfleoedd a allai godi pe bai cymwysterau yng Nghymru'n dod yn wahanol i gymwysterau yn Lloegr.

Yma yng Nghymru, mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi comisiynu Adolygiad o Gymwysterau i bobl ifanc 14-19 oed yng Nghymru, dan arweiniad Huw Evans OBE. Roedd y gynhadledd yn gyfle perffaith i aelodau o'r Tîm Adolygu glywed yn uniongyrchol oddi wrth fwy na 150 o addysgwyr ac amrywiaeth o bobl sydd â rhan allweddol i'w chwarae yn y system cymwysterau.

Roedd y trafodaethau wedyn yn arbennig o fywiog a daeth yn glir bod gan y Tîm Adolygu dasg anodd o'i flaen. Ymhlith y pynciau a drafodwyd yn frwd roedd hygrededd cymwysterau penodol, rôl y rheoleiddiwr cymwysterau, a ddylid lleihau nifer y cymwysterau sydd ar gael, ac a all cymwysterau sy'n seiliedig ar gymhwysedd gael eu haddysgu yn yr ystafell ddosbarth, neu yn y gweithle'n unig.

Dywedodd Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru, John Graystone: "Mae gan bawb gyfran yn y system cymwysterau. Rhieni, disgyblion, athrawon, busnesau a sefydliadau yn y gymuned, darparwyr hyfforddiant, colegau, ysgolion, prifysgolion a llywodraethau – mae angen i ni i gyd ddeall y system a bod â hyder ynddi. Rydyn ni i gyd yn ein ffyrdd gwahanol yn trafod ac arfarnu'r system addysg a'i chymwysterau.

"Er mwyn ceisio rhoi llwyfan cenedlaethol i'r trafodaethau hyn a chodi lefel y sylw er mwyn i'r Tîm Adolygu a gomisiynwyd i wneud yr Adolygiad o Gymwysterau yn benodol allu casglu tystiolaeth, roedd ColegauCymru wrth ei fodd i gynnal cynhadledd mor uchel ei broffil, mewn partneriaeth â Llywodraeth Cymru. Mae'n bleser mwy byth i mi bod yr adborth o'r gynhadledd, oedd yn rhyngweithiol iawn ac yn orlawn, yn profi mor gadarnhaol.

"Mae'r gynhadledd drosodd ond mae'r trafodaethau'n parhau. Bellach mae ColegauCymru wrthi'n gweddnewid ei fforwm trafod ar-lein i ganolbwyntio ar y cwestiynau a godwyd gan y Tîm Adolygu ac i gynnwys holl drafodion y gynhadledd. Mae croeso i bawb gyfrannu at y fforwm. Nid yn aml y cynhelir Adolygiad o Gymwysterau o'r maint hwn. Mae ColegauCymru wrth ei fodd i allu cymryd rhan weithredol yn y gwaith o gasglu tystiolaeth berthnasol a fydd wedyn yn cael ei chyfrannu i'r Adolygiad."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen genedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli pob un o'r 20 o golegau a sefydliadau addysg bellach (AB) Cymru. Gweler www.colegaucymru.ac.uk am wybodaeth bellach.

2. Y fforwm trafod arlein y mae ColegauCymru yn ei gynnal mewn partneriaeth a Llywodraeth Cymru: http://qualificationsconference.pbworks.com

3. Roedd y prif siaradwyr yn cynnwys: y Dirprwy Weinidog dros Sgiliau, Jeff Cuthbert; awdur yr adroddiad ar gymwysterau galwedigaethol yn Lloegr, Yr Athro Alison Wolf; cadeirydd yr Adolygiad Cymwysterau Cymru, Huw Evans OBE.

4. Yn y llun: Huw Evans OBE, Cadeirydd yr Adolygiad ar Gymwysterau. High-res photographs of the conference and the key speakers are available from ColegauCymru.
Dolenni allweddol
Fforwm trafod: http://qualificationsconference.pbworks.com
Sleidiau'r gynhadledd gan gynnwys cyflwyniadau Huw Evans a'r Athro Alison Wolf:
Cynhadledd Genedlaethol ar Gymwysterau: sleidiau
Prif bwyntiau trafod y gweithdai: Gweithdai: prif bwyntiau'r trafodaethau
Pecyn y gynhadledd yn cynnwys y rhaglen, cwestiynau trafod y gweithdai a bywgraffiadau'r siaradwyr
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CollegesWales a #QualsConf
Tudalen Llywodraeth Cymru ar yr Adolygiad Cymwysterau
ColegauCymru, Uned 7, Cae Gwyrdd, Greenmeadow Springs, Tongwynlais Caerdydd, CF15 7AB. E:helo@colegaucymru.ac.uk Ff: 029 2052 2500
CollegesWales, Unit 7, Cae Gwyrdd, Greenmeadow Springs, Tongwynlais Cardiff, CF15 7AB. E:hello@collegeswales


Rheoli Arian: sgil sydd ar ei ffordd i Gymry ifainc

Beth sydd gan y rhain yn gyffredin…swyddog undeb credyd, ymgynghorydd dyledion a budd-daliadau'r cyngor, gweithiwr cymorth i gyn-droseddwyr, swyddog addysg defnyddwyr safonau masnach, yn ogystal â darparwyr dysgu seiliedig ar waith ac adrannau gwasanaethau dysgwyr y colegau? Mae pob un ohonynt yn hynod ymwybodol fod angen i lawer o bobl ifanc gael gwell sgiliau rheoli arian i'w helpu nhw trwy fywyd a'u galluogi i gyrraedd eu potensial. Yr ateb yn rhannol yw 'Teach Others'.

Mae ColegauCymru bron hanner ffordd trwy ei nod o baratoi 100 o hyfforddwyr i ddatblygu sgiliau rheoli arian i filoedd o bobl 16-24 oed o bob math o gefndiroedd ledled Cymru.

Cwrs deuddydd yw 'Teach Others', a ariennir gan raglen Arian am Oes Grŵp Bancio Lloyds, sydd ar gael i ymarferwyr addysg bellach (AB), gweithwyr ieuenctid a chymunedol ledled y DU. Mae'n galluogi'r sawl nad ydynt yn athrawon cymwys – fel gweithwyr cymunedol neu weithwyr sy'n rhoi cyngor – i gynllunio a hwyluso sesiynau a gweithdai gallu ariannol. Mae 'Teach Others' yn rhan o raglen Arian am Oes ledled y DU, dan arweiniad ColegauCymru yng Nghymru, mewn partneriaeth â Ffederasiwn Hyfforddiant Cenedlaethol Cymru.

Mae'r cwrs Teach Others yn cynnwys sesiynau ymarferol gyda ffocws uchel ar sgiliau addysgu, yn ogystal â gwybodaeth ac adnoddau diweddar sy'n berthnasol i ddatblygu sgiliau rheoli arian pobl ifanc.

Dywedodd Julia Owens, ColegauCymru, sef rheolwr Arian am Oes yng Nghymru: "Mae rhai o'r straeon personol a glywaf gan bobl ifanc ynghylch ble mae eu diffyg sgiliau rheoli arian wedi'u harwain yn peri gofid mawr. Mae miloedd o bobl ifanc ledled Cymru mewn gwir angen i wella'u sgiliau rheoli arian a theimlaf ei bod hi'n fraint i allu chwarae rhan fach wrth fynd i'r afael â mater mor ddifrifol."

Dywedodd Cheryll Morgan o Goleg Castell-nedd Port Talbot: "Ar y ffordd i annibyniaeth, mae gan bobl ifanc freuddwydion crand ac maen nhw ar ras i brynu car a gwario'u harian ar wyliau gyda'u ffrindiau. Mae mor bwysig eu helpu nhw i ddatblygu eu sgiliau rheoli arian yn gynnar, cyn iddynt wario'r hyn na allant ei fforddio a difetha'u bywyd o ganlyniad."

Dywedodd Helen Griffiths, Swyddog Cymorth Ariannol y Myfyrwyr yng Ngholeg Iâl, Wrecsam am y cwrs: "Roedd y cwrs Teach Others yn ymarferol ac yn rhyngweithiol iawn. Roedd hi'n sylfaen dda i'r staff nad ydynt yn addysgu. Rydw i wedi magu llawer o hyder trwy'r cwrs ac rwy'n edrych ymlaen at roi fy wybodaeth newydd ar waith gyda'r dysgwyr yn y coleg."

Diwedd

Cysylltwch â: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Mae ColegauCymru / CollegesWales yn elusen addysgol genedlaethol sy'n cynrychioli pob un o'r 20 coleg a sefydliad addysg bellach (AB) yng Nghymru. Ei fwriad yw codi proffil addysg bellach gyda gwneuthurwyr penderfyniadau allweddol i wella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. I gael mwy o wybodaeth am GolegauCymru / CollegesWales a'r colegau mae'n eu cynrychioli, ewch i www.colegaucymru.ac.uk neu www.collegeswales.ac.uk

2. Mae Teach Others yn gwrs deuddydd achrededig ar reoli arian a ariennir gan Grŵp Bancio Lloyds fel rhan o'i Raglen Arian am Oes: sef rhaglen sgiliau gallu ariannol a sgiliau arian personol a ddyluniwyd i roi'r wybodaeth, y sgiliau, y hyder a'r cymhelliant i bobl reoli eu harian yn dda. Mae Arian am Oes yn ariannu 1,400 o gymwysterau gallu ariannol – Teach Me a Teach Others – sydd ar gael i ymarferwyr AB, gweithwyr ieuenctid a chymunedol ledled y DU.

3. Yng Nghymru, cyflwynir Arian am Oes gan ColegauCymru / CollegesWales mewn partneriaeth â Ffederasiwn Hyfforddiant Cenedlaethol Cymru.

4. Er mwyn cadw lle ar gwrs Teach Others yng Nghymru, cysylltwch â Julia Owens, ColegauCymru ar Ffôn: 029 2052 2500, e-bost helo@colegaucymru.ac.uk neu dilynwch y dolenni cyswllt

Colegau'n croesawu cynnydd yn y cyllid ar gyfer sgiliau

Mae colegau yng Nghymru wedi croesawu'r cyhoeddiad y bydd Llywodraeth Cymru'n parhau i fuddsoddi mewn sgiliau oedolion a Llwybrau at Brentisiaethau – rhaglenni sydd â'r nod penodol o roi sylw i anghenion sgiliau pobl ifanc ac oedolion yn y cyfnod economaidd anodd hwn.

Roedd y colegau'n disgwyl mai mentrau dros dro fyddai'r rhaglenni Llwybrau at Brentisiaethau a sgiliau oedolion, y bwriadwyd iddynt fod yn ymateb un-tro i'r dirwasgiad yn 2010. Ond mae cyflogwyr yn dal i'w chael yn anodd cyflogi prentisiaid, ac mae pobl ifanc yn ogystal ag oedolion sydd heb ddigon o sgiliau, yn dal i'w chael yn anodd cael swydd am y tro cyntaf. Mae'r colegau wedi croesawu'n frwd penderfyniad Llywodraeth Cymru i barhau â'r ddwy raglen werthfawr hyn am y flwyddyn academaidd nesaf.

Dywedodd Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru, John Graystone: "Mae'r hinsawdd economaidd anodd yn effeithio ar fusnesau, teuluoedd ac unigolion. Mae datblygu sgiliau parod am waith yn hollbwysig i gael troed ar yr ysgol cyflogaeth a dyma'n union mae rhaglenni Llwybrau at Brentisiaethau a sgiliau oedolion wedi'u bwriadu i'w wneud.

"Mae'r rhaglenni hyn yn galw am lawer o adnoddau ac mae'r colegau'n disgwyl i Lywodraeth Cymru osod targedau llym ar gyfer eu cyflenwi. Ond maen nhw'n werthfawr i bob unigolyn all fynd â'i sgiliau newydd ymlaen i gyflogaeth neu ddysgu pellach."

Aeth Dr Graystone ymlaen: "Mae 'na fwy o newyddion da. Dros yr ychydig o flynyddoedd diwethaf, mae colegau Cymru wedi canolbwyntio'n galed ar wella ansawdd y ffordd y cyflenwir addysg a hyfforddiant, yn ogystal â rheolaeth ariannol, ac wedi llwyddo i ragori ar dargedau perfformiad Llywodraeth Cymru. Mae'r dyraniadau cyllid sydd newydd gael eu rhyddhau i golegau ar gyfer 2012/13 yn dangos bod Llywodraeth Cymru'n cymryd sylw o broffil ansawdd uchel y sector addysg bellach, trwy ymddiried mwyfwy mewn colegau i wireddu ei hagenda anodd.

"Yn ychwanegol at barhau â rhaglenni Llwybrau at Brentisiaethau a sgiliau oedolion, ac fel y nodwyd yn y gyllideb ddrafft y llynedd, bydd cyllid craidd y colegau'n codi 2.5% yn y flwyddyn academaidd nesaf. Rydym yn deall yn llwyr mai codiad mewn arian parod yw hwn a'i bod yn debyg nad wir godiad ydyw yn y pen draw oherwydd pwysau chwyddiant a'r enillion effeithlonrwydd a ddisgwylir. Serch hynny, mae'r colegau'n sylweddoli ei bod yn adeg o gyni a bod hyd yn oed codiad mewn termau arian parod yn unig yn rhywbeth sy'n werth ei nodi."

Dywedodd Dr Graystone i gloi: "Pobl ifanc sydd angen rhaglen sgiliau ffocysedig, oedolion mae eu hangen i godi lefelau eu sgiliau'n daer, colegau sydd yn aml yn teimlo bod penderfynwyr yn eu hanghofio pan ddaw'n bryd rhannu cyllid cyhoeddus prin... bellach mae gan y rhain i gyd reswm dros godi eu calonnau."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli'r 20 coleg addysg bellach (AB) a'r dau sefydliad AB yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar GolegauCymru ar colegau y mae yn eu cynrychioli ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

2. Cyhoeddodd Llywodraeth Cymru'r dyraniadau cyllid ar gyfer blwyddyn academaidd 2012/13 i golegau a sefydliadau addysg bellach ar ddydd Iau 26 Ionawr 2012. Cododd y dyraniadau 2.5% yn nhermau arian parod o'u cymharu â 2011/12 a chyhoeddwyd parhad dwy ffrwd ariannu: Llwybrau at Brentisiaethau a sgiliau oedolion.

Wyneb Newydd a Chyfleoedd Newydd i ColegauCymru

Yr wythnos hon, croesawodd ColegauCymru Greg Walker i swydd y Dirprwy Brif Weithredwr sydd newydd gael ei chreu.

Tan yn ddiweddar, Greg oedd Dirprwy Gyfarwyddwr Addysg Uwch Cymru, sy'n rhan o Universities UK. Cyn hynny gweithiodd i asiantaeth y Swyddfa Gartref ar faterion cyfiawnder ieuenctid o fewn Llywodraeth Cymru. Cafodd Greg, a fagwyd yn Ne Cymru, ei addysgu yng Nghaerffili a Chaerdydd, ac mae disgwyl iddo raddio gyda doethuriaeth o Brifysgol Caerdydd yn nes ymlaen eleni.

O gyfarch y nifer fawr o heriau a chyfleoedd y mae ColegauCymru a cholegau addysg bellach (AB) yn eu hwynebu wrth iddo ddechrau ar ei rôl newydd, dywedodd Greg Walker: "Mae hwn yn gyfnod cyffrous i weithio mewn addysg bellach yng Nghymru. Mae arweinwyr colegau wedi dangos yn ddigonol eu gallu i gymryd agendâu canolog mewn perthynas ag ansawdd ac wrth drawsnewid y gwaith o gyflwyno AB ar hyd a lled Cymru.

"Mae ColegauCymru wedi bod yn hynod effeithiol wrth godi proffil a statws addysg bellach er lles dysgwyr ar draws Cymru gyfan. Mae gan AB ran hanfodol i'w chwarae wrth fodloni her sgiliau Cymru a'r angen i baratoi pobl i fynd nôl i waith ar yr adeg anodd hon. Rwy'n ymhyfrydu yn y cyfle i chwarae rôl flaengar yn y gwaith hwn."

Wrth groesawu penodiad Greg, dywedodd David Jones, Cadeirydd ColegauCymru: "Rydw i wrth fy modd o groesawu Greg i ColegauCymru. Mae gan Greg hanes aruthrol o weithio mewn addysg ac ar faterion polisi sy'n ymwneud â phobl ifanc. Mae'n derbyn y rôl bwysig hon ar adeg lle mae nifer fawr o gyfleoedd newydd i'w harchwilio a'u datblygu. Bydd Greg yn gweithio ar ystod o faterion gyda chydweithwyr, gan gynnwys ehangu gorwelion rhyngwladol colegau addysg bellach a gwaith hanfodol ar wella ansawdd. Rwy'n edrych ymlaen yn fawr at weithio'n agos gydag ef er mwyn bodloni'r heriau hyn."

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Adwaenir ColegauCymru gynt yn fforwm. Elusen addysg cenedlaethol ydyw sy'n cynrychioli'r 20 coleg addysg bellach (AB) a'r dau sefydliad AB yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol er mwyn gwella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar GolegauCymru ar colegau y mae yn eu cynrychioli ewch at www.colegaucymru.ac.uk

Cyhoeddi Cystadleuaeth am Ragoriaeth mewn Addysg Bellach

Disgwylir cystadlu brwd rhwng colegau addysg bellach eleni eto wrth i gategorïau Gwobrau ColegauCymru 2012 agor i geisiadau.

Mae'r gwobrau'n adnabod a dathlu rhagoriaeth mewn addysg bellach. Maent yn cynnig cyfle i arddangos rhagoriaeth ac arfer orau ar draws ystod eang o feysydd ac maent yn ffurfio rhan o waith ColegauCymru i godi safonau drwy hunan reoleiddio.

Y gwobrau ar gyfer colegau a sefydliadau addysg bellach yw:

  • Addysgu a Dysgu
  • Buddsoddi mewn datblygiad staff
  • Addysg Uwch mewn Addysg Bellach
  • Llywodraethu
  • Hyrwyddo dysgu cynhwysol
  • Partneriaethau o Ansawdd

Yn ogystal, cynigir dwy wobr i adnabod dysgu ac addysgu ardderchog gan unigolion:

  • Athro/Athrawes y Flwyddyn
  • Dysgwr y Flwyddyn.

Dywedodd Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru, John Graystone: "Mae'r gwobrau'n cydnabod cyflawniad rhagorol, yn tynnu sylw at ehangder y ddarpariaeth mewn sefydliadau addysg bellach ac yn cydnabod y cydweithredu rhwng sefydliadau a chyrff eraill.

"Mae ColegauCymru yn falch iawn o dderbyn nawdd am y gwobrau oddi wrth nifer o gyrff dylanwadol. Maen nhw i gyd yn cydnabod y cystadlu brwd am y gwobrau, ac maent yn gweld y gwobrau yn symbyliad i wella ansawdd ar draws y sector gyfan. Dwi'n ddiolchgar iawn i'r noddwyr am eu cefnogaeth."

Bydd seremoni i gyhoeddi'r buddugwyr yn cael ei gynnal yn ystod cinio Cynhadledd Flynyddol ColegauCymru ar 31 Mai 2012 yn Llandudno.

Diwedd

Cyswllt: Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu 07968 771913.

Nodiadau i olygyddion:

1. Elusen addysgiadol genedlaethol yw ColegauCymru sy'n cynrychioli pob un o'r 20 o golegau a sefydliadau addysg bellach (AB) yng Nghymru. Ei genhadaeth yw i godi proffil addysg bellach ymysg y rhai sy'n gwneud penderfyniadau allweddol ac i wella cyfleoedd i ddysgwyr yng Nghymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth ar ColegauCymru a'r colegau mae'n eu cynrychioli, gweler www.colegaucymru.ac.uk
2. Cliciwch am fanylion y gwobrau a ffurflen gais.
3. Noddwyr Gwobrau 2012:
Agored Cymru
City & Guilds/Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
ColegauCymru
Edexcel
Llywodraeth Cymru
OCR
RSC Wales
Tribal Education

4. Bydd y paneli sydd yn barnu'r ceisiadau ar gyfer Gwobrau ColegauCymru 2012 yn cynnwys staff uwch o gyrff dylanwadol gan gynnwys y noddwyr.
5. Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer derbyn ceisiadau yw 27 Chwefror 2012. Cynhelir y Seremoni Wobrwyo ar 31 Mai 2012 yn Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Mae'r seremoni yn cloi Cynhadledd Flynyddol ColegauCymru 2012.
6. I noddi'r gynhadledd flynyddol neu i arddangos, cysylltwch â Sylvia Davies ar 029 2052 8384 neu ebostiwchSylvia.davies@colegaucymru.ac.uk