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Digital Literacy Practitioners Programme: new train the trainer qualification
Ahead of the introduction of the Essential Digital Literacy Skills qualification for teaching from September 2015 Colegau Cymru is offering free training for up to 60 practitioners. This training is a pre-requisite for those who will be delivering the ESW qualification or training other Digital Literacy Practitioners.
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Improving Numeracy in Wales with a Little Help from Canada
A senior delegation of teaching and learning experts from Wales’ colleges have just returned from a whirlwind tour of six Canadian colleges, where they explored the key issue of improving learners’ literacy and numeracy skillsmore>>>
Women’s sport takes centre stage at Welsh Colleges Sport Competitions
Hooked onto sport? Oh yes!  Entries have doubled for Welsh Colleges Sport  competitions this year, with over 1,000 competitors – half of them women – competing in 11 different sports in preparation for the British championships early next year. more>>>

New employability programme for further education college students
Further education colleges across the UK are invited to take part in Prepare for Work, a new programme designed to help 100,000 students maximise their chances of securing and maintaining employment. 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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