ColegauCymru welcomes clear decision on re-opening of further education colleges but calls for priority vaccination of front-line staff

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ColegauCymru has today welcomed the Welsh Government announcement to delay the reintroduction of face-to-face provision for schools and colleges until after the half term break. 

Working closely with joint trade unions, we are now calling for government to make every effort to revise vaccination protocols to ensure that front-line staff in further education are given priority access to vaccination in Wales. 

ColegauCymru Chair Guy Lacey said, 

“We wholeheartedly welcome the clarity provided in today’s statement. We support the difficult decision made by the First Minister and will continue to work closely with colleagues to ensure that the health and safety of learners and staff remain our priority. We are now requesting that front-line staff are prioritised for vaccination to be able to safely return to the provision and support of learning in colleges.” 

ColegauCymru has committed to working closely with trade unions to ensure continuing improvements to blended learning. We will also be looking to ensure the best possible support for learners undertaking both vocational and academic qualification assessments. As always, there will be a considerable focus on safeguarding vulnerable learners in our care, where we will provide appropriate support during these challenging times.

ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added, 

“We continue to work closely with government and trade union colleagues during this difficult time and will work to ensure that vital technical and vocational assessments can be carried out and are not an afterthought.” 

Further Information

Welsh Government Press Release
First Minister: “Stay home to save lives”
8 January 2021

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