Today in the Senedd, members will debate education’s links with employers, marking the publication of a new report on transitions to employment for the Welsh Government.
ColegauCymru Chief Executive, Dave Hagendyk said,
“Ultimately, Wales needs a national vocational education and training strategy to link vocational education and training to our economic and industrial priorities. It should articulate Wales’ philosophy for vocational education and training, including moving towards a focus on progression into work, ensuring a strong voice for both learners and employers, and allow colleges to meet local and regional priorities. We’re committed to working with Welsh Government and our partners to deliver our vision of world-class further education for Wales – for our learners, our communities, and the economy.
“We are grateful to Dr Hefin David MS for leading this work focusing on transitions to employment. It’s right to recognise the role of education in delivering the skills and training that learners need to address the demands of the economy. This work and its recommendations should be understood in the wider context of the establishment of the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research, as well as the Vocational Qualifications Review work being led by former college Principal, Sharron Lusher.
“We welcome the report’s recommendations, particularly those that help to develop clear vocational progression pathways. At the heart of the system must be a commitment to building the infrastructure, to provide access to clear, understandable, and flexible pathways suitable for learners at all stages of the system. This must be underpinned by a right to high-quality independent advice and guidance, especially at key transition points in education and life.”
Report providing recommendations to improve the experience of learners transitioning to employment
Transitions to employment
Dr Hefin David MS
Lucy Hopkins, Communications Manager