Funding boost secures new overseas learning and work opportunities for further education learners

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ColegauCymru is delighted to have received funding for further education and vocational education and training (VET) through the Turing Scheme, the UK’s global programme to study and work abroad. 
The approved budget of almost £1.5m will provide learners in further education from across Wales with an opportunity to learn and work abroad. The opportunities can bring life-changing benefits to those involved. For ColegauCymru, this funding allows us to support our member colleges to offer their learners a unique experience, as well as developing new partnerships and international links. 
ColegauCymru European and International Project Manager Sian Holleran said,  

“This is hugely encouraging news, particularly in the context of the uncertainty which has been brought about by Brexit and more recently, the Covid19 pandemic. We have long championed the value of mobility programmes for vocational learners and are pleased to have the funding approved.” 

Participants, including those studying A Levels, can expect to experience life-changing opportunities and hands-on experience in a new environment that will benefit their CVs. The skills gained will bring a new perspective to their work and will help them stand out from the crowd. 
ColegauCymru Deputy Chair Simon Pirotte added,  

“We’re delighted to have secured a funding budget of almost £1.5m which will provide so many post-16 learners in Wales with life experiences which they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. 
The past two years have been challenging for international exchange programmes, not least because of the impact of both Brexit and the Covid19 pandemic, which has been felt acutely across our colleges. These exciting opportunities to enrich and enhance learning experiences are a key part of the further education experience.”

Further Information

Department for Education Press Release 
40,000 students to study across the globe as part of new Turing Scheme
4 August 2021 
UK Government Turing Scheme - The UK’s global programme to study and work abroad 
Turing Scheme FE and VET Funding

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