Venue Cymru, Llandudno: location of ColegauCymru's Annual Conference 2015, 'Skills Creative Solutions in Hard Times'

Creative Solutions in Hard Times:

ColegauCymru Annual Conference 2015

Thursday 21 May 2015

at Venue Cymru, Llandudno

This year's conference focused on finding creative solutions in a difficult financial climate.  New strategic business developments, potential partnerships, award winners, labour market intelligence, and an international perspective were a few of the highlights.


Delegates heard of teaching and learning improvements from a community college in Canada in the morning, before turning to the world of business in the afternoon. 

Tracy Gedies, Fanshaw College, Canada - presentation slides

In addition, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Education and Skills, Julie James AM, explored the changing policy context.

Address by Deputy Minister Julie James AM 


There was an opportunity to explore creative solutions and discuss good practice in the eight workshops that straddled the middle of the day, each led by senior representatives from key stakeholders and colleges in Wales and beyond, with a number of case study sessions presented by organisations that have won prestigious awards.


Employer perspectives

1a: Employer Perspectives / Safbwyntiau Cyflogwyr

1a: UKCES Employer perspectives / Safbwyntiau cyflogwyr


Cross-college blended learning

1b: Cross-college blended learning / Model cwricwlwm cyfunol traws golegol


Mental Health and fitness to study

1c: Fitness to study / Ffitrwydd i astudio

1c: Mental Health / Iechyd Meddwl


Meeting the needs of more able and talented learners

1d: More Able and Talented Learners / Dysgwyr Mwy Galluog a Thalentog

 2a Support with Welsh

Developing learners' skills: lessons from Canada

2b: Lessons from Canada / Gwersi o Canada


Students as leaders

2c: Students as LEaders / Myfyrwyr yn Arwain


Managing Transition: implementing change

2d: Implementing Change / Rhoi Newidiadau ar Waith


We are particularly grateful to the conference sponsors for their support. They are:


  • Welsh Government
  • Learndirect
  • Jisc
  • Tribal
  • WPM
  • SQA
  • Capital Law


In addition, there was a good complement of organisations who demonstrated their goods and services in the exhibition hall this year, including a number who were new to our conference.

They were: ABC Awards, British Council, Capital Law, Jisc, Learndirect, Lloyds Banking Group / Money for Life, OCR Cymru, Sport Wales, Tribal, Welsh Government and WPM.

Key links

Conference Programme
Annual Conference 2015: synopsis of each workshop

Previous ColegauCymru Annual Conferences and Awards

Click here for the programme and proceedings from previous annual conferences and for further information on previous award winners.

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