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ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a charity and limited company that raises the profile of further education among decision-makers in order to improve educational opportunities in Wales. It is a member-led body, representing all 14 further education colleges and institutions in Wales.


The further education sector in Wales

Wales' further education (FE) colleges / institutions are not-for-profit. More than half of their funding is received from the Welsh Government. They also receive income from their work with businesses, contracted services, and international activity.

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, and 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.

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

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05-07-2017
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