The Policy and Public Affair team promote and represent colleges on a national stage, working closely with MSs in the Senedd and with Government Ministers. We meet and brief relevant political party spokespeople and members of key Assembly committees.
Our work aims to increase the profile and influence of Further Education (FE) in Wales, to ensure that learners have access to the best quality education and training opportunities. It’s our job to highlight FE’s impact to decision-makers and influencers on policy issues that affect post-16 education and training, including the links between education and the economy, health and wellbeing.
Education matters are largely devolved, therefore most of our policy and advocacy related work is focused on the Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales.
We develop and promote policy responses to key issues and take an active role in engaging with National Assembly Committee calls for evidence. We respond to consultations from a range of organisations and represent the Further Education sector on a variety of committees, task & finish and advisory groups.
Alongside this, we lobby all political parties to make sure they create policies that are beneficial to member colleges and suggest amendments to legislation. We brief college CEOs/Principals on what is happening in political discussions and feedback weekly political updates on matters concerning education, training and skills in Wales.
We respond to calls and emails about colleges and the further education (FE) sector from trade, national and broadcast media, and involve our members in the enquiries.