Shaping the future of further education – delivering a stronger, greener, and fairer Wales


ColegauCymru Annual Conference 2023

ColegauCymru is delighted to announce the return of our Annual Conference which will take place tomorrow at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff.  

With a packed agenda, the Conference promises to bring together key stakeholders, educators and industry leaders, from across Wales and beyond to demonstrate the value of further education. We’ll reflect on learnings from a challenging period but will also look to the future, exploring the remit of Welsh Government plans to overhaul the way in which post-16 education is governed and delivered in Wales, in line with their ambitious plans for a stronger, greener and fairer Wales. 

Digital Conference Programme

Keynote Address

We’re pleased to announce that the Minister for Education and Welsh Language will deliver our keynote address. Jeremy Miles MS was appointed as Minister in 2021, and has a wide-ranging portfolio spanning further education, tertiary education including post-16 reform, the Welsh language, and education workforce training and development. 

We’re delighted to announce City & Guilds as Headline Sponsors for the Conference.

The Conference will also feature speakers who will look at a range of challenges and opportunities facing the sector in the short to medium term. 

  • Simon Pirotte, Commission for Tertiary Education and Research
  • Rocio Cifuentes, Children’s Commissioner for Wales
  • Orla Tarn, NUS Wales 
  • Gwyneth Sweatman, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff University Wales Governance Centre 
  • Siân Cartwright, TUC Cymru
  • Louise Warde Hunter, Belfast Metropolitan College
  • Angharad Lloyd Beynon, City & Guilds

Conference Sponsors

We’re grateful for the support of our sponsors who include:

City & Guilds, Taith, Educators Wales, Education Workforce Council, Agored Cymru, Education & Training Foundation, Learning & Work Institute, Jisc, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Challenges Abroad, Pearson, WJEC, CREATE Education, Aspire 2Be, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Estyn , Chwarae Teg, and EAL.

Workshop Sessions 

The Conference will see us hosting several breakout sessions in areas including: 

  1. Looking towards an Anti-Racist Wales 2030
  2. Building a VET Strategy for Wales
  3. Shaping a bilingual future for further education
  4. Navigating the opportunities and challenges of AI in colleges
  5. How international visits and partnerships can enhance and enrich learning and teaching across the sector 
  6. Active Wellbeing in FE: Active Colleges - Active Lives – Active Wales
  7. Tackling peer-on-peer sexual harassment in further education
  8. New Futures Wales: Supporting women into tech

The day will also provide ample opportunity for delegates to visit our exhibition space to network and build relationships. 

We’re looking forward to welcoming you all at what promises to be an engaging and informative event.

Further Information

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