"The new curriculum, for the schools sector, aims to have "ambitious and capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives" - but without investment in the post-16 sector, those learning opportunities won’t be there. We have seen part-time learning numbers drop dramatically in recent years.

"We need a clear vision of how learners will access education and training opportunities as they need them. We have seen some welcome announcements around funding for part-time learning.

"But we know that adult and community learning opportunities have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. As well as meaning that people have the skills for the workplace. Clearly this sector has suffered the impact of austerity. But it is time to invest in future generations, and make sure everyone in Wales has access to good quality education close to home."

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Part-time learner numbers

Press contacts:

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: David Evans, Wales Secretary,  National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818. Mob: 07815 071164

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk