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The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act is in force!
Skill Wales Ambassador Project 2011
Would you like to become a Skill Wales Ambassador? Would you like to talk to disabled young people about your experiences and help them to fulfill their potential and to reach their goals?
Skill Wales has been awarded funding by the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust for the Skill Wales Ambassador Project. We will provide training and pay expenses, and you will become part of a team of volunteers who are working to help other disabled young people to be what they want to be, and to overcome obstacles, just as you have.
Want to learn more? Simply download our Skill Wales Ambassador Application Form
Just get in touch with Skill Wales today. We look forward to meeting you.
Able Radio Interview
Kym Roberts' interview with Ian Williams of Able Radio is now available at Able On Demand. Kym and Ian discuss how Skill Wales can help disabled students, and talk about some of the difficulties encountered in entering higher and further education.
Students and Young People
Students and young people – do you want to get more involved in local community, radio and national policy matters?
The referendum on the National Assembly for Wales’s legislative powers held in March 2011, was in favour of granting the National Assembly further powers for law making in Wales. The National Assembly will be able to pass laws on the 20 devolved areas without first needing the agreement of the UK Parliament.
Debate on Subjects
The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) Education Minister has prompted a debate about the future of A-level and vocational subjects in Wales. The debate is intended to question the relevance of some subjects to employers and the higher education sector, and strengthen focus on quality and standards.
The Welsh Assembly Goverment (WAG) is currently reviewing the post-16 funding methodology in Wales, and has announced funding levels over 3 years to allow FEIs to plan more strategically (in the light of sector concerns). The National Planning and Funding System (NPFS) is being set aside until the review outcome is made known.
Further Education Capital Grants
WAG has announced an allocation of £20.5 million for Local Authorities and FEIs for small capital grants. This allocation is additional capital for investment in education and Local Authorities where spending programmes has already been identified. This additional funding has been made available from the Assembly’s core budget, to be spent by the end of this financial year.
The Welsh Baccalaureate will be introduced to a further 53 centres in Wales. From September 2011, the qualification will be available to approximately 70,000 learners in a total of over 240 schools, further education institutions and training providers across Wales.
The development of Foundation Degree Awarding Powers (FDAPs) has been introduced for FEIs in Wales. While foundation degrees are traditionally franchised to FE Colleges through HEIs, the new powers allow FEIs to apply for degree awarding powers for foundation degrees. The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) has supported the development, linking partnership working across FEIs and employers in regions, over 2 years.
The Future of higher Education
The future shape of the higher education sector in Wales has been announced by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). By March 2013, the higher education sector in Wales is expected to have no more than six institutions, and distribution will reflect regional needs with no more than two institutions per region albeit with several delivery locations.
Basic Tuition Fees
The Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) has announced that Welsh universities may charge a basic tuition fee of £4,000, compared to £6,000 in England, with an upper fee limit of £9000. WAG has stated that the decision recognises the contribution of higher education to social justice and follows engagement with stakeholders. Students from Wales will be subsidised by WAG wherever they study in the UK, and the change is anticipated as taking effect in September 2012.
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Able Radio is your radio station - presenting information and entertainment for people with disabilities. While programmes are of wide interest to everyone, the focus of Able Radio is on disability. Opportunities exist to get involved via the forum or even by presenting on-air.
DCMW is a campaigning group, nationally recognised and successful in presenting views to the Welsh Assembly Government, and from there, influencing policy on children and disabled young people's transition through education.
Funky Dragon is the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales - a peer-led organisation of the Welsh Assembly Government. The aim is to give 0 – 25 year olds the opportunity to get their voices heard on issues that affect them.
RADAR is a national network of disability organisations and disabled people, who represent their members by fast-tracking opinions and concerns to policy-makers and legislators in Westminster and Whitehall. RADAR run campaigns to promote equality for all disabled people.
NUS Wales is the collective voice of students in Wales, working in partnership with students’ unions in Wales, the government, the media, industry, trade unions and voluntary organisations, to represent the views of all students.
Young Disabled Persons Network
The YDPN is a network of young disabled people, organised through Children in Wales in partnership with Funky Dragon. The Network provides a structure for young disabled people to take a full and active part in the decision-making processes that affects their lives. The site is currently being re-developed and the network title and website may alter.
Young Voices for Choices - this website is being developed.
Young Voices for choices is an active local youth forum for disabled young people organised through Pembrokeshire County Council.
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