2015 Teacher of the Year Mary Richards (C) with the finalists at the CollegesWales Awards Ceremony yn Venue Cymru, Llandudno.


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Top performing colleges, teachers and learners awarded
At a glittering ceremony at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on 21 May, outstanding college learners and teachers were recognised, and six colleges were awarded for driving improvements that benefit learners. 
Colleges Seek Creative Solutions in Hard Times
Times are hard and colleges are looking for creative solutions in order to continue to help companies and individuals to move forward with new skills and ideas when there’s less money to go around. That is the key focus of the ColegauCymru / CollegesWales annual conference, which opens on 21 May in Llandudno. more>>>

Nine finalists shortlisted for this year’s VQ Awards in Wales
Nine finalists have been shortlisted for this year’s Vocational Qualification (VQ) awards, which celebrate the achievements of both learners and employers across Wales. More>>>

Steep cuts to adult skills will affect Wales’ economy
Colleges across Wales are concerned that the serious drop in the numbers of adults in learning will affect Wales’ health and wealth in the years to come. 

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CollegesWales raises the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales.


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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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