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.

We aim to shape government policy through leading research reports and publications, responding to consultations, coordinating professional networks, and hosting events.

Consultation Responses

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, Gr┼Áp 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).

  1. ColegauCymru GBER Training Aid Scheme

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.

  1. Essential Application of Number Skills
  2. Essential Employability Skills
  3. Essential Communication Skills
  4. Essential Digital Literacy Skills

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.

  1. Governance Code

"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:

  • Drive productivity by increasing the supply of employer-led skills
  • Improve opportunities for 16-19 year old learners by providing a full range of options, academic and vocational, across Wales
  • Secure higher level vocational education that meets Wales' economic needs
  • Meet the needs of learners in all their diversity.
  1. A Manifesto for Learners: NAW elections 2016

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.

The Contract

  1. The complete National Contract

Implementation Agreement

  1. Implementation Agreement

Management Spine

  1. Management Spine Salaried Full-Time Staff
  2. Management Spine Salaried Fractional Staff


  1. Workload Allocation for Lecturers
  2. Lecturer Salaried Full-Time
  3. Lecturer Salaried Fractional
  4. Lecturer Part-Time Hourly Paid

Business Support

  1. Business Support Salaried Full-Time
  2. Business Support Salaried Fractional
  3. Business Support Salaried Term Time
  4. Business Support Salaried Term Time Fractional
  5. Business Support Part Time Hourly Paid

Memorandum of Understanding between ColegauCymru and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

The MoU was signed at the National Eisteddfod on 07 August 2013.
Key aims:

  • Improve Welsh-medium and bilingual progression routes for further education, work-based learning, adult learning and higher education by developing, promoting and supporting integrated educational pathways that respond to the evidenced needs of learners and employers
  • Share teaching and learning resources (especially digital learning resources) and innovative practice in pedagogy/andragogy in Welsh-medium education
  • Support the continuing professional development needs to teaching and support staff in both sectors, and contribute to professional networks and relevant events
  • Work together on matters of policy, communications, marketing and branding initiatives relating to Welsh-medium and bilingual education.
  1. MoU between ColegauCymru and Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

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.

  1. Good practice handbook: encouraging FE students to continue their education through the medium of Welsh

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.

  1. Going for Gold: consultation draft Feb 2013

National Strategy on Bilingualism in FE

This national-level strategy was drawn up by ColegauCymru / CollegesWals with strong leadership from the Board. It was agreed by FE colleges in January 2010.

  1. National Strategy on Bilingualism in FE


Claire Roberts
External Affairs Director

T: 02920 522 500
M: 07534 859426