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Professor Ellen Hazelkorn’s report examines issues such as the growing complexity, duplication and provision gaps across post-compulsory education and training.
Review of the operation of the Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Act 2014.
Our new long-term vision for education for 3-19 year old learners in Wales.
Setting out key policy actions that will take place up until 2016 to provide the basis for employment and skills policy over the next decade.
This framework aims to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Further education (FE) in Wales is a diverse sector providing a wide range of qualifications delivered to learners of all ages.

It is delivered through the implementation of Qualified for Life, the Skills Implementation plan and Youth Engagement and Progression Framework. Qualified for Life sets out our long-term vision for education of 3-19 year olds. The Skills Implementation Plan sets out a 10 year vision for a more highly-skilled nation. The Youth Engagement and Progression Framework focuses on progression, enabling learners to fulfil their potential.

Following the introduction of the Further and Higher Education (Governance and Information) Act 2014 institutions have been afforded new freedoms and flexibilities. This has encouraged a new working relationship with us, ensuring colleges deliver effective further education in their communities. A new Code for further education colleges has been published to establish trust in their governance as they move into a new era of independence. The Code, coordinated on behalf of the sector by educational charity ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, sets out the shared values and expectations of good college governance under their new legal status as not-for-profit institutions that exist to serve the public.

To highlight the increasing role of governors in the delivery of Further Education a Ministerial event was held (December 2014) It was an opportunity to share the priorities and challenges ahead.  The target audience included Chairs of Governors, Vice Chairs and Clerks of all FE Institutions in Wales.

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is the national organisation which represents Further Education Institutions in Wales. Due to the successful completion of the transformation agenda there are now 14 institutions in Wales. These institutions have a crucial role to play in the delivery of the Ministerial priorities for the sector. These include tackling poverty, improved literacy and numeracy, learner progression and support, employer engagement and enterprise and developing Welsh medium provision.

The sector is encouraged to work closely with schools, local authorities, employers and other stakeholders to meet the needs of learners and employers enabling them to progress in the future.