This week ColegauCymru is representing Wales’ FE sector at the Four Nations College Alliance meeting in Belfast.
The event is focusing on the critical role colleges play in regional economic development, bringing together college representatives from across the UK. The meeting is an opportunity to explore the central role colleges play as key institutions at the heart of the economy. Providing a space to share and learn across the distinct systems, the meeting will allow colleges to deepen their understanding of what works, and lessons to learn and share, and how the role colleges already play is best supported by policy makers and embedded within wider agendas.
There are currently several significant reforms in this space across the nations, none more so than the establishment of the Commission for Tertiary and Education and Research in Wales which will overhaul strategy, funding and oversight in post-16 education. This meeting will therefore provide a timely opportunity to share thoughts and learnings from the different systems and institutional practices that are represented across the Four Nations College Alliance members.
ColegauCymru Director of Policy and Public Affairs Rachel Cable said,
“We’re pleased to be attending this event kindly hosted by Belfast Met. Colleges are the key cogs in Wales’ economic machinery, and we are keen to learn from approaches elsewhere in the UK, as well as share our experiences in Wales. Investing in further education directly supports economic development, and it is right to recognise the critical role which colleges play in our economy”.
Lucy Hopkins, Communications Manager