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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01/09/14 
Calling Wales' Young People Who Want to Improve Their Community's Money Skills
Young people who want to take on the challenge of helping their communities learn how to manage money better are encouraged to apply for a grant to put their ideas into action as part of a UK-wide competition.
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14/08/2014    
Outstanding A level results at Wales’ Colleges 
The A level pass rate, as well as the higher A*-C pass rate, at a string of further education colleges in Wales is higher than the Wales average and meets or surpasses the higher UK average.  Many students are now bound for Oxbridge, Russell Group universities and other prestigious establishmentsmore>>>
31/07/2014
Wales-China Education Partnership Enters New Phase
A partnership to develop educational and business links between further education colleges in Wales and their counterparts in Chongqing, China is entering a new phase. more>>>

16/07/14  
Key Benefits of Wales’ Education Sector Working Together in Europe
CollegesWales has welcomed the publication of an Assembly Committee report on EU funding opportunities that notes the good practice in the further education sector in providing learning opportunities abroad to Wales’ students, and agrees with the report’s recommendations on the need to improve strategic level working across the wider education sectorMore>>>

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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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