ColegauCymru / CollegesWales represents all of Wales' further education colleges and institutions.

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Fostering High Quality Vocational Further Education: ColegauCymru Response
ColegauCymru welcomes a number of recommendations made in a new report on fostering high quality vocational further education in Wales, which point to the need for structural changes on a national level. More>>>

Colleges’ Stamp of Approval by Estyn for Supporting Learners
In a new report by Estyn, colleges’ support for learners has been given a stamp of approval.  Colleges will now look forward to working with partners to improve the system as a whole and open up opportunities for all 16 year old learners. More>>>
Assembly Budget Spells Welcome Relief for Colleges
FE colleges will be relieved that next year’s draft Assembly budget appears to afford some protection to the further education budget, according to ColegauCymru / CollegesWales. more>>>

New Governance Code
A new Code for further education colleges has been published to establish trust in their governance as they move into a new era of independence following legislation passed last year. more>>>

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The further education sector in Wales

There are 14 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.  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.  

Most learners are adults.  In 2014/15, 57% of colleges' learners were adults over the age of 19.  Most studied part-time.

In 2014/15 more than 150,000 learners were enrolled at further education institutions in Wales.

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