Tuesday 16-07-2019 - 16:31
The Bill will establish a new Tertiary Education and Research Commission for Wales
This afternoon Mark Drakeford AM, the First Minister of Wales, announced that the Welsh Government will bring forward a Tertiary Education and Training Bill in the coming year.
The Bill will establish a new Tertiary Education and Research Commission for Wales, which will oversee the entire post-16 education system.
Responding to the First Minister’s statement on his legislative priorities, NUS Wales President Rob Simkins said:
“It’s great to finally have confirmation that the Welsh Government will bring forward this vital piece of legislation during the fifth Assembly.
“I recently wrote that this Bill will provide the opportunity to embed learner voice in every aspect of the post-16 education system in Wales.
“I want to see the Welsh Government make it a legal requirement for all providers of education after the age of 16 to have fully funded, sustainable and autonomous learner representative bodies.
“Another of the First Minister’s priorities is to put social partnership on a statutory footing. The Tertiary Education and Training Bill provides an opportunity to achieve true social partnership in an education system that treats learners as partners, rather than consumers.”