ColegauCymru's Teaching and Learning Network on a five-day study visit to six Canadian colleges, pictured being received by the British Consul General in Toronto.

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Launch of a Bilingual Design Guide
The Welsh Language Commissioner has published a Bilingual Design Guide at the College Merthyr Tydfil with the support of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales. More>>>

VQ Awards Open for Entry
Today marks the official launch of the annual Vocational Qualification (VQ) awards, designed to celebrate the achievements of both individuals and organisations across Wales. More>>>

Welsh Colleges Football record historic double over Australian Schools
Friday 23 January 2015: the day both men’s and women’s Welsh Colleges Football teams defeated the junior Soceroos. 
New University-College Partnership Strengthens Elite College Football in Wales
A new partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Welsh Colleges Football to strengthen elite college football will be on show this Friday, when the national football team takes on Australian schools. more>>>
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The further education sector in Wales

There are 15 further education (FE) colleges / institutions in Wales. They vary considerably in size, number and type of students and the range of programmes and services offered. The majority offer both academic and vocational programmes. Some have developed specialisms in particular vocational sectors, such as land-based, marine engineering, food technology. Some have steered a strong direction towards engaging particular sections of the population, for example, adults returning to learning, international students, or training for businesses.

The FE sector is a key player in helping to deliver the Welsh Government's aims to widen participation, tackle social exclusion and stimulate economic regeneration. Colleges in Wales offer 80% of all post-16 qualifications and provide learning experiences for almost 200,000 people in Wales. The sector is committed to the provision of high quality education and training that is responsive to the needs of individuals, communities and business.

Two-thirds of all 16-18 year old learners in Wales choose to study at colleges.  Even more adults (by far) study at college.  80% of students in colleges are adults over the age of 19.  Most study part-time.

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