Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol is the body that supports the development of Welsh-medium provision within higher education, enabling more student to study a variety of subjects through the medium of Welsh.
The Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto contained a pledge to expand the remit of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to include the further education sector. It would support collaboration between further education colleges and between the further education and higher education sectors.
The Progressive Agreement committed that the Welsh Government would be “exploring a potential expansion of the remit of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to include further education”.
In taking office, Kirsty Williams announced a review into its remit. This review was published in July 2017 and recommended that the Coleg should be extended to develop the Welsh language across the higher education, further education and work-based learning sectors.
Work is currently being undertaken to move these recommendations forward.
Commenting, Welsh Lib Dem Spokesperson for the Welsh Language, Cadan ap Tomos, said:
“The establishment of the Coleg has been instrumental in signalling a step-change in the breadth and quality of Welsh medium higher education.
“My party has long advocated for the expansion of the Coleg Cymraeg, ensuring that as many learners as possible, in as many settings as possible, have the opportunity to study through the medium of Welsh, and have access to the information and resources they need.
“I am proud that Welsh Lib Dem Education Secretary Kirsty Williams made the future of the Coleg and Welsh medium post-16 education a priority, and I look forward to seeing the recommendations from this report move forward.”