The newly appointed Minister for Education yesterday visited the newly opened Torfaen Learning Zone in Cwmbran.
The Torfaen Learning Zone opened its doors for the first time in April 2021, following delays caused by the Covid19 pandemic and forms part of the Welsh Government 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme, which provides a long-term investment for schools and colleges to develop them as hubs for learning and reduce buildings in poor condition.
The Minister for Education, Mr Jeremy Miles MS said,
“Great visit to Coleg Gwent this morning, really enjoyed meeting learners and staff to hear their thoughts on their new campus”.
Modelled on the successful Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone in Ebbw Vale, and managed and run by Coleg Gwent, in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council, the campus replaces three English-medium school sixth forms in the borough and is a fantastic example of excellent post-16 education provision for Wales.
ColegauCymru Chair and Principal of Coleg Gwent Guy Lacey added,
“Today has been a great opportunity to welcome our new Education Minister Jeremy Miles and show him our new campus. It’s a space we’re very proud of and we’re pleased to offer our learners these wonderful new facilities for their post-16 education.”
Torfaen Learning Zone is now home to all post-16 education in the borough. Offering 32 A Level subjects, the Welsh Baccalaureate, level 2 and level 3 vocational qualifications and a number of university level higher education courses, bringing further education and excellent learning opportunities together all under one roof.
ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies further added,
“It’s encouraging for the newly appointed Minister to see first-hand an example of the great work being done for post-16 education here in Wales. We look forward to working with him over the coming weeks and months to ensure that all post-16 learners are given a level playing field with regards to their education, whether that’s through vocational qualifications and apprenticeships or via an academic route.”
21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme
19 July 2019