ColegauCymru Awards 2014: Teacher of the Year Dr Graham Hall (front, centre) with finalists Jeanette Edwards (L) and Jo Bradshaw (R) with CEO John Graystone and representatives from award sponsor Pearson.

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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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