The findings of today’s Estyn report on Higher Apprenticeships in work-based learning, has prompted the post compulsory education charity, ColegauCymru, to call for urgent action to improve completion rates and implement the recommendations in the report. The Welsh Government should now establish a specific taskforce to bring together the various and diverse activities around quality improvement, the ongoing reviews of qualifications, inspection frameworks and learning programmes as a whole.
This taskforce will have to build on the existing infrastructure and deliver real improvement, including the Regional Skills Partnerships (RSPs) mechanisms. Wales’ priority its pressing national mission must be to raise achievement of learners and deliver the right skills for the people and economy of Wales.
Finally, ColegauCymru calls for an end to the needless practice of commissioning Work Based Learning and calls for the introduction of commissioning for all technical and vocational education. The charity claims that procuring support programmes has led to needless competition and the stifling of cooperation.
Addressing the Policy Forum for Wales this morning, Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru, said “In light of the Estyn report released today, our current approach is not fit for purpose. It requires urgent attention by all who share the ambition for a prosperous Wales, renowned for its excellence in technical vocational education.”
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ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is the post-16 educational charity that represents all 13 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to promote world-class education, training and skills outcomes for all post compulsory learners in Wales.
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