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Our vision is world-class education for Wales. Our mission is to demonstrate the value of further education to all learners, society and the economy. We pride ourselves on providing high quality services to our stakeholders. But we can only do this with the commitment and hard work of our excellent team of staff.

ColegauCymru comprises of a small team of enthusiastic and skilled individuals and the organisation has extensive experience in the further education sector in Wales.

We're currently recruiting 3 positions:

  • Policy Officer
  • Trustee x 2

Policy Officer 

Contract: Full time, fixed term (12 months) (Job-share/part time considered)   
Salary: £32,859 - £36,073 (pro rata) 
Location: A combination of office (Cardiff) and home-based working    
Closing Date: 21 May 2024 

Overview of Role   

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to take on an exciting policy and public affairs role in the further education and work-based learning sector. 

Under the direction of the Director of Policy and Public Affairs, the successful candidate will help promote the benefit of post compulsory education and training in Wales, helping to develop the ColegauCymru key policy objectives and influence key decision makers including Welsh Government. The Policy Officer will bring expertise in policy development and political analysis as well as a commitment to the success of the post-16 education and training in Wales and organisation’s work as a whole. The post holder will deliver influencing strategies across the organisation’s main policy priorities and help raise the profile of ColegauCymru and advocate the quality of FE provision in Wales. 

The successful candidate will represent FE colleges on a national stage, working closely with MSs in the Senedd and with Welsh Government officials. This includes meeting and briefing relevant political party spokespeople and members of key Senedd Committees, as well as undertaking research, analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and helping to develop public policy recommendations. They will also be able to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team, and will possess excellent communication skills and the ability to form positive working relationships. 

This is a hybrid opportunity which will require the successful candidate to work regularly from the ColegauCymru offices in Cardiff, so the ability to commute here is essential. Willingness to travel across Wales, within the UK and occasionally internationally, and work outside of normal working hours may also be required. 

Policy Officer - Job Description

Working for ColegauCymru - Additional Information 

To Apply for this position   

Please send a CV which demonstrates how you meet the Person Specification, along with a short covering letter that addresses the questions below. The answer to each question should not exceed 500 words.    

  1. What do you think are the main policy issues specifically facing the further education and work-based learning sectors in the next 12-18 months?   
  2. How do you think ColegauCymru should try to address these issues?   
  3. What are the main opportunities and barriers?  

Applications should be submitted by email to  

Closing Date   
The closing date for this vacancy is 21 May at 12.00pm.   

Interviews will be held on 06 June 2024 at Tongwynlais, Cardiff.   

Please note that the successful candidate may be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

We’re looking for new Trustees! 

ColegauCymru is a post-16 education charity. We believe that all learners have the right to a world-class education, delivered in a safe, diverse, and inclusive setting and within a further education sector which supports the wider community, employers, and the economy. 

We’re pleased to be growing and diversifying our Board of Trustees. Trustees help us account for the use of our members’ charitable subscriptions and the grants we receive from a range of external funders such as the Welsh and UK Governments.  

The current vacancies seek people to represent the wider public interest in post-16 education alongside the views of the members and their governing bodies. 

We are currently looking to recruit two new members. 

What We’re Looking For 

We have two vacancies to join a highly motivated group who are already working hard to make an impact, support the interests of our member colleges and promote the wider benefit of post-16 education and lifelong learning.  

We’re keen to continue to build on this good work and are looking to broaden the Board of Trustees’ range of expertise and experience and increase diversity of thought and constructive challenge.  

If you’re a trustee, or former trustee and/or a champion of good governance and leadership in the public, private or voluntary sector, we’d like to hear from you!  But we’re just as keen to hear from applicants who may have recent experience as a further education learner within a college or as an apprentice. 

Trustee Vacancy – Additional Information 

Application Form 

How to Apply 

Send your application form to the Office and Governance Manager, Rachel Rimanti. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact David Hagendyk, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru. David can be contacted via Rachel Rimanti, Office and Governance Manager. 

Applications should be emailed to:   
Closing Date: Friday 10 May 2024, 5.00pm 
Interview Date: 22 May 2024

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