CollegesWales Reports Rise In Number of Learners Opting for College

In response to today’s record A level, AS and Welsh Baccalaureate results, where Wales recorded the highest grades since 2009 and some of Wales’ Further Education colleges achieved 100% success rate, Iestyn Davies, CEO of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales has highlighted the growth in the number of learners opting for college, attracted to the variety of academic, vocational and work-based learning courses on offer (51% went to college after GCSEs in 2016[1]).

Colleges are fully committed to providing excellent teaching and learning to support all learners onto higher education or into the workplace and Iestyn says: "As we congratulate all those learners who have received their results and acknowledge the support of their tutors and teachers we turn our thoughts to the students who will soon be commencing their AS and A Level studies at Wales' FE Colleges in the coming weeks.

“Their success and future destinations will depend on an effective funding formula to support both continued academic learning and vocational study. To achieve this, the Welsh Government will need to protect FE funding and address the anomalies in post 16 funding in line with the aspirations set out in its response to the recent review of the report “Towards 2030: A Framework for building a world-class post-compulsory education system for Wales.”

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 14 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. www.colegaucymru.ac.uk or www.collegeswales.ac.uk

[1] Careers Wales Destination of School Leavers Report 2016