Learning and Work response to Hazelkorn report on post-compulsory education system for Wales

11 March 2016

Learning and Work Institute welcome the recommendations of Professor Hazelkorn in Towards 2030: A framework for building a world class post-compulsory education system for Wales. The report addresses a number of key concerns raised by Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE) in our manifesto Skills for Prosperity: A vision for 2020, and Post-16 Challenge.

Cerys Furlong, Director for Wales said:

“Professor Hazelkorn’s report recognises the significant demographic and broader societal challenges Wales’ faces and the role lifelong learning can play in addressing these. Learning and Work Institute have long argued that there needs to be a new strategic vision for education, employment and skills at the heart of Welsh Government. Hazelkorn’s recommendations provide a real opportunity to maximise the impact of post-compulsory education, and we urge Welsh Government to accept the recommendations”.

The key findings of Towards 2030 identify:

·      Insufficient strategic thinking about the role, purpose and implementation of post-compulsory education- which has led to insufficient collaboration and competition for resources

·      Absence of an overall vision for post-compulsory education

·      Confusion between overlapping roles across ‘sectors’

·      Absence of coherent learning pathways and opportunities for students “especially throughout their working lives”.

Towards 2030 identifies ‘Learning for Life’ as a key guiding principle, and recognises the broader societal contribution of education. The report focuses on the need for a clear overarching vision for post-compulsory education in Wales, to deliver post-compulsory education and training in new, better co-ordinated ways, which maximise opportunities for learners to progress.  It also recommends the establishment of a new independent authority to act as the single regulator, oversight and co-ordinating authority for the sector.