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Barry College tutor Mike Hatcher seconded to Welsh Assembly Government

Barry College Sports & Fitness tutor Mike Hatcher has been seconded to a high profile role within the Welsh Assembly Government to influence the delivery of vocational education to 14 to 19-year-olds across Wales.
Mike will take up the post of Professional Officer, working with the team responsible for the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification for 14 to 19-year-olds. The role will provide an excellent opportunity for Mike to play a central role in supporting the development of the applied learning and work-related aspects of the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification.
Working within the Department for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS), Mike will be responsible for developing and producing guidance to support the 14-19 Networks in Wales that will be introducing new applied learning, the Principal Learning and Project Qualifications, within the Welsh Baccalaureate. This will involve acting as a link between the WAG and key organisations such as the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England schools and colleges across Wales.
Mike said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop and promote the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. I’m extremely excited and enthusiastic to be part of the team building up the applied learning aspect of the qualification and the new opportunities it will bring for young people in Wales.”
The Welsh Baccalaureate is a uniquely Welsh qualification designed to prepare students for higher education, further study and the world of work. It combines personal development skills with existing qualifications (such as A-Levels and GCSEs) and from September 2009, the new employer led Principal Learning qualifications. It moves the Welsh Assembly Government closer to its aim that at least 40% of full-time post-16 students participating in the Welsh Baccalaureate by 2010/11.
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  • For more information contact Chris Baker at Barry College on 01446 725015 or [email protected]

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