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Strategic authority for overseeing all aspects of post-compulsory education and training (PCET).

First published:
5 December 2017
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The commission will, subject to legislation, be established as an independent Welsh Government Sponsored Body by 2023. It will ensure that the post-16 sector is relevant and responsive to the needs of learners.

Subject to legislation, CTER enacts the desire, from the Minister of Education (Kirsty Williams AM), to strengthen and simplify the entire post-16 sector in Wales.


The commission will be:

  • the regulator for both Higher education (HE) and Further Education (FE) institutions and the primary funder of HE and FE provision
  • responsible for apprenticeships, adult learning, and schools based PCET delivery through local authorities
  • responsible for Welsh Government funded research and innovation in the PCET sector.

If you require further information or guidance, please get in contact with the CTER programme team.


The Welsh Government commissioned Professor Ellen Hazelkorn to undertake a review of the governance, regulation and oversight of post-compulsory education in Wales. The report contained two primary recommendations:

  • Welsh Government should develop an overarching vision for the PCET sector
  • establish a new arm’s-length body responsible for the oversight, strategic direction and leadership of the sector.


Following recommendations set out in the Hazelkorn Report we carried out a technical consultation, Public Good and a Prosperous Wales, on post-compulsory education and training.

The follow up to the technical consultation, Public Good and a Prosperous Wales – the next steps, closed on 17 July 2018. Work on the programme continues to move forward and responses to the consultation are being used to inform its ongoing development.

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