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The Report of the Independent Coleg Harlech Review Group (The Hancock Report)

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This report sets out the conclusions and recommendations of the independent task and finish group that considered the future funding of Coleg Harlech Workers' Educational Association North Wales’ residential provision. This work was commissioned by the then Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (CELLS) Minister in October 2009.

Long-term residential colleges in England and Wales offer the opportunity for full-time sub-university education to adult students who did not have the opportunity for such study at the ‘usual’ time. These students are drawn from all walks of life and formal entry qualifications are not required.

Coleg Harlech Workers' Educational Association (North Wales) formed on 1 August 2001. It  has continued the longstanding tradition to enable adults to develop their capacity to learn and fulfill their potential, including in vocational education and training.  This includes providing opportunities for socially and educationally disadvantaged adults both in residence at Harlech and in communities and workplaces across North and Mid Wales.

Recently the Association has had to review its student residential arrangements due to the condition of its accommodation block.

As a consequence of changing priorities and competing demands it was considered timely to review the capital investment, the current bursary arrangements and the longer term future of residential provision at Coleg Harlech.  

This report sets out the conclusions and recommendations of the independent task and finish group who reviewed these issues.

A Written Statement by the Welsh Assembly Government in response to the report is attached.