Our work is aimed at increasing the profile and influence of the Further Education (FE) sector in Wales, to ensure learners have access to the best quality education and training opportunities.
ColegauCymru / CollegesWales' policy positions on current issues together with key statistics:
Evidence submitted to inquiries conducted by various committees of the National Assembly for Wales (NAW) and our responses to consultation documents issued by the Welsh Government (WG).
The ColegauCymru Scheme is registered with the European Commission for the purposes of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).
The objective of the Scheme is to allow further education colleges in Wales to provide support to enterprises in Wales to actively encourage them to invest in training. The Scheme will allow public support to be provided for training activity. The Scheme will run from 1 April 2016 until 31 December 2020.
The following further education colleges are authorised to implement the scheme:
Coleg Gwent, St David’s Catholic College, Cardiff and Vale College, Coleg y Cymoedd, The College Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend College, NPTC Group of Colleges, Gower College Swansea, Coleg Sir Gâr, Pembrokeshire College, Coleg Ceredigion, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Coleg Cambria, Adult Learning Wales (formerly WEA YMCA CC Cymru).
The scheme is to be used only for the provision of courses on the WEFO-approved course list.
ColegauCymru is registered with the European Commission and all aid awarded under the Scheme will be transparent and in line with criteria set out in Article 5 of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).
A set of documents has been developed as part of a wider project funded by the Welsh Government to prepare and support practitioners to introduce a new set of Essential Skills Wales qualifications. They were produced by ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, working with the Welsh Government, awarding bodies and further education colleges.
They are intended for use in conjunction with awarding bodies' 'ESW Qualifications Series Handbook' to ensure that practitioners are aware of regulatory requirements as well as those related to effective delivery.
The new Governance Code for further education, coordinated on behalf of the sector by ColegauCymru / CollegesWales and published in January 2016, applies to General Further Education Colleges (GFECs), Sixth Form Colleges (SFCs) and Further Education Institutions (FEIs). There will be variations in the manner in which these entities will implement the Code owing to their differences in corporate form.
The Code sets out the shared values and expectations of good college governance under their new legal status as not-for-profit institutions that exist to serve the public. It was written to support governance practice, which in turn will help colleges to work successfully towards meeting their mission and strategy.
"Skills for a Prosperous Nation" was ColegauCymru's manifesto for the Assembly elections 2016. The manifesto showed how the next government and the post-16 education and training sector could achieve the ambition of a worldclass standard of education and skills for Wales.
The manifesto asks the government to:
The National Contract of Employment for Management Spine, Lecturers and Business Support Staff in colleges of further education in Wales was agreed by the Joint Trade Unions in November 2013 and by the Board of ColegauCymru in January 2014.
Memorandum of Understanding between ColegauCymru and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
The MoU was signed at the National Eisteddfod on 07 August 2013.
Good Practice Handbook: Encouraging FE Students to Continue with their Education through the Medium of Welsh
The good practice handbook was prepared by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University, in partnership with Wavehill. It was launched by ColegauCymru / CollegesWales at the Eisteddfod on 8 August 2012.
ColegauCymru Strategy on Sport in FE Colleges
Following an inspirational session on sport led by Professor laura McAllister at ColegauCymru's Annual Conference 2012, ColegauCymru is working on a strategy for sport in FE colleges in Wales. We are keen to receive comments on this draft. A revised version will be considered by the ColegauCymru Board in spring 2013.
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