Our existing members are the 12 Welsh colleges. Wales' further education (FE) colleges are independent not-for-profit institutions, or what are commonly referred to as NPISH bodies (Not for Profit Institutions Serving Households) serving communities. Colleges receive a proportion of their funding from the Welsh Government and other income from their work with businesses, contracted services, and international activity. As such, they form part of the public service in Wales.
Most of Wales' further education colleges may be described as part-tertiary: that is, where one or more campuses deliver vocational education and training in addition to delivering general education for the local area's 6th form cohort. One of our members is a community-based FE institution that delivers learning programmes in community venues rather than in college campuses. In addition, three are merged with universities: one with the University of South Wales (USW) and two with University of Wales Trinity St David's (UWTSD).
Following a number of years of consolidation of the post-16 education and training landscape, the number of colleges has reduced significantly whilst growing in size and strength.
The majority offer both academic and vocational programmes. Some have developed specialisms in particular vocational sectors, such as engineering, rail, land-based, marine engineering, and food technology. Some have steered a strong direction towards engaging particular sections of the population, for example, adults returning to learning, higher education, international students, or training for businesses.
Colleges are key players in helping to deliver Welsh Government's aims to widen participation, tackle social exclusion and stimulate economic regeneration.
|Key||College||CEO and Principals||Telephone||Website|
|1||Coleg Gwent||Guy Lacey||01495 333777||www.coleggwent.ac.uk|
|2||Adult Learning Wales||Kathryn Robson||029 2023 5277||www.adultlearning.wales|
|3||Cardiff and Vale College||Mike James||029 2025 0250||www.cavc.ac.uk|
|4||Coleg y Cymoedd||Karen Phillips||01443 662800||www.cymoedd.ac.uk|
|5||The College Merthyr Tydfil||Lisa Thomas||01685 726000||www.merthyr.ac.uk|
|6||Bridgend College||Simon Pirotte||01656 302302||www1.bridgend.ac.uk|
|7||Gower College Swansea||Mark Jones||01792 284000||www.gcs.ac.uk|
|8||Grŵp NPTC Group||Mark Dacey||01639 648000||www.nptcgroup.ac.uk|
|9||Coleg Sir Gâr||Dr Andrew Cornish||01554 748000||www.colegsirgar.ac.uk|
|10||Pembrokeshire College||Dr Barry Walters||01437 753000||www.pembrokeshire.ac.uk|
|11||Coleg Ceredigion||Dr Andrew Cornish||01554 748000||www.ceredigion.ac.uk|
|12||Grŵp Llandrillo Menai||Dafydd Evans||01492 546666||www.gllm.ac.uk|
|13||Coleg Cambria||David Jones OBE||0300 30 30 007||www.cambria.ac.uk|