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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.
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We are consulting on establishing a single, strategic authority, responsible for overseeing post-compulsory education and training including higher education funding and governance.

In light of the responses to our initial consultation, a further technical consultation will take place in the new year to seek views on a document which sets out how the new Commission might work in more detail.

Read the Cabinet Secretary’s oral statement (external link)


Professor Ellen Hazelkorn was asked by Welsh Government to undertake a review of the oversight and regulation of post-compulsory education and training in Wales. The report ‘Towards 2030: A framework for building a world-class post-compulsory education system for Wales’, was published in March 2016 and examined issues such as the growing complexity, duplication and provision gaps across post-compulsory education and training. The Welsh Government accepted its recommendations. 

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Initial consultation

Once recommendations were accepted, Welsh Government responded with a white paper consultation on:

  • proposals for the reform of the post-compulsory education and training system in Wales
  • the way in which our research and innovation expenditure should be overseen and co-ordinated.  
The white paper Consultation was launched on 20 June 2017, and closed on 23 October 2017. A total of 92 responses were received. White paper responses have been collated, analysed and published as a summary of Responses document. In addition to the white paper consultation:
  • three roadshows were hosted around Wales where key stakeholders fed in their views and issues in a workshop format.
  • the learner voice was considered and represented at special Learner Voice events that were organised as part of Skills Cymru events in North and South Wales
  • a specific consultation aimed at young people and protected groups was commissioned.
Response documents are available on the consultation page. For further information, email