MEDIA ADVISORY

19 June 2017

UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL AFTER CABINET SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND SKILLS KIRSTY WILLIAMS’ ANNOUCEMENT (20th JUNE, 2017)

Responding to Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills Kirsty Williams’ Statement for delivering on the Hazelkorn Review, which was commissioned in July 2015 and led by Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, IestynDevies, CEO ofColegauCymru/CollegesWales, said:

“We do of course support unreservedly ambitions for a ‘world-class post-compulsory education system for Wales’ outlined in this latest Post Compulsory Education and Training Consultation and the opportunities presented by Towards 2030: The Hazelkorn Review.

‘Placing the needs of learners at the centre of the educational system, by establishing clear and flexible learning and career pathways’ is to be welcomed and is at the core of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales’soperations. We are aligned with the Tertiary Education and Research Council’s objectives and always have and continue to advocate any opportunity to improve post-16 provision for learners in Wales. We are pleased to understand that the body's remit will also include school 6thform provision - this commitment to legislative development is a revolutionary step in the right direction for education in Wales.

“The potential to analyse and overhaul Wales’ post-education landscape will equip us better for a shifting global economy and an increasingly competitive Europe and proposals to create a balance between supply-led and demand-led education and research provision will play a significant part in this.

“While we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our learners, reservations exist about the needs of Higher Education in Wales being prioritised because of its prominence.

“A three-way agreement between schools, colleges and universities is what is needed and is crucial to success here. As a charity that raises the profileof further education, vocational, work-based learning, and adult continuing education among decision-makers, we can attest to the FE sector being committed to delivering a seamless and efficient post-compulsory education and training system that works for learners, employers and entrepreneurs at all levels. Consistent measures and stringent quality standards are paramount in this and we look forward to contributing to further developments.”