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.

Work with us

At ColegauCymru / CollegesWales we are always looking to engage with like-mind professionals to join our contractors register. To successfully join the register, we require a strong record of accomplishment in the Post-16 education and skills sector, with exceptional research or development skills.

We are an equal opportunities employer who believes that people from different backgrounds can bring fresh ideas, thinking and approaches which make the way we work more effective and efficient.The aim of our Equal Opportunities policy is to ensure no job applicant, employee or worker is discriminated against either directly or indirectly on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We are particularly keen to expand our team of contractors who are able demonstrate their capability to work in both Welsh and English (to various levels, depending on the nature of the work) to represent the needs of a bilingual Wales.

If you are interested please email HR@collegeswales.ac.uk for further information, or to request an application form.


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