ColegauCymru is pleased to welcome the appointment of Jeremy Miles MS as the new Education Minister for Wales. We look forward to working with Mr Miles on the issues facing Wales, not just the recovery from Covid-19, but also areas such as the need to make sure that the new Curriculum for Wales moves learners smoothly into the post-16 system.
In his previous role as Counsel General and Minister for European Transition, Jeremy Miles was supportive of the need to find a genuine replacement for the Erasmus+ scheme to enable vocational learners to undertake work placements abroad. He met with a variety of learners and apprentices to hear their experiences directly, most recently speaking at the ColegauCymru online Cross Party Group on Further Education and Future Skills.
Chair of ColegauCymru, Guy Lacey, said,
“Jeremy Miles is an excellent appointment as Education Minister. Now is the time to fully embrace the special role that further education can play in supporting the citizens of Wales to embrace and adapt to the challenges of the future.”
“We look forward to working with Mr Miles and ensuring that the central role FE has to play in Covid recovery in Wales is recognised.”
“The further education sector is keen to meet with the Minister over the coming weeks to discuss how we can best work together to achieve our common goal of a highly skilled, socially and economically just Wales.”
ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added,
“Jeremy is no stranger to further education and has already demonstrated his commitment to post-16 learners as a strong supporter of international mobility and the new Welsh Government International Learning Exchange Programme. As a proud advocate for his local FE college, we look forward to working with him both in this capacity and in his new role across the whole of Wales.”
ColegauCymru is in the process of scheduling update meetings with the new cabinet members and with the returning members of the Senedd.