27 Mawrth 2012
Y Libya Newydd yn Dysgu o Gymru
ColegauCymru / CollegesWales was delighted to welcome to Wales last week a delegation from the new Libyan Government to learn how colleges in Wales are driving to improve quality, developing their vocational curriculum, engaging with employers and providing young people with purposeful learning experiences.
The week-long visit, coordinated by CollegesWales (UK) International, took the delegation from the Libyan Ministry of Labour to visit Neath Port Talbot College, Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Llandrillo, Deeside College, Cardiff and Vale College, Coleg Gwent, the Sector Skills Alliance, and Careers Wales. They also participated in in-depth discussions on quality, policy and funding with ColegauCymru and the Welsh Government.
Khaled Elbaruni from the Ministry of Labour said: “Through this visit, the delegation from the Libyan Government has been able to concentrate on raising standards and increasing the employability prospects of the young people of Libya. We were delighted to have been given such a warm welcome to Wales and to have been able to meet a number of experts involved in the labour market and vocational training and a range of partners in Wales, taking in colleges, businesses and political institutions.
“A great deal is changing in Libya. Communities now have more freedom but there is a lack of infrastructure and skills development. Our purpose in coming to Wales was to identify critical success factors affecting strategy, plans, policies and organisations’ performance. We return to Libya with a good understanding of high quality skills development and how it relates to the labour market. I very much hope that we will be able to work with experts in Wales as we move forward in developing policies appropriate for Libya that will help improve the situation of the Libyan people.
“Finally, I’d like to thank CollegesWales (UK) International for their hospitality, the respectful advice we received and its readiness to help Libya grow and meet the challenges we face in improving our standards of performance in vocational education and training, and in helping our youth in particular to develop skills for employability.”
Chief Executive of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, John Graystone, said: “CollegesWales was delighted to be able to welcome this important delegation from Libya to Wales. The delegates clearly recognised the high standards colleges set themselves in Wales in developing skills and in continually raising quality”.
Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.
Notes to editors:
1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 20 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk
2. CollegesWales (UK) International is a division of CollegesWales.
3. The delegation visited Wales from 18-24 March. The delegation comprised of officials from the Libyan Government’s Ministry of Labour and young people from different cities whose aim is to help communicate the intentions of the Government on education and training to the next generation.
4. The delegation was sponsored by the British Council and was the last in a series of three delegations to Wales from Libya on post-16 education this month. The British Council Libya had originally approached the Wales International Consortium, with whom it had previously developed a relationship, for assistance in identifying appropriate lead partners in Wales to host the three delegations. The Wales International Consortium identified CollegesWales (UK) International as an appropriate host for the delegation concentrating on vocational education and training.
5. Yn y llun: y ddirprwyaith o Libya gyda Sian Holleran, Cydlynydd CollegesWales (UK) International, a John Graystone, Prif Weithredwr ColegauCymru.