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FForwm Say That Continuous Development Is Key

The continuous professional development of leaders and managers is the key to the creation of a first class education and training system, claim fforwm, the association of colleges in Wales.

fforwm is committed to maintaining first class colleges in Wales and to this end have developed an MA in Leadership & Management, in conjunction with the University of Wales, Newport. The programme specifically for managers within the FE sector has attracted over 50 participants during the first two years of operation.

Gavin Thomas, Curriculum and Standards consultant at fforwm added: “We want to create leaders and managers capable of sustaining an innovative sector, which is at the forefront of post-16 education and training. There is no doubt that we already have some outstanding examples in Wales, recently endorsed by a number of UK awards bestowed on Welsh Colleges.”

The scheme, based on FENTO National Occupational Standards, is designed to be flexible with a practical orientation based on action research, relevant to the needs of colleges and reflecting the interest of participants. Mike Jones, Director of Corporate Affairs at fforwm added, “The success of the programme is already evident with existing students receiving promotions within their college and paraising the practical benefits of the programme. Specific investment is necessary from ELWa and the Welsh Assembly Government to ensure that the staff within the FE sector are able to maximise the benefits of this programme.

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