Author: kieronrees

Apprenticeships in Wales: a matter of degrees

This post was originally published on the IWA’s Click on Wales. What is an apprenticeship? Such an apparently simple question encompasses a complicated and often difficult-to-know landscape, a landscape that is still shifting.  Many people will understand that an apprenticeship offers a mix of on the job training, paid employment, and formal study, but what

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It’s time to start counting carers…

This post was originally published by the Learning and Work Institute as part of their Festival of Learning. There are 370,000 carers in Wales. That is 370,000 people, aged from 5 to over 80, providing unpaid care to their friends and family. That is the figure reported in the 2011 census. It’s not perfect, it’s

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From Browne to Diamond

This post originally appeared on Wonkhe. When the Minister for Education and Skills in Wales, Huw Lewis, assumed the education brief in June 2013, it was against a backdrop of widespread discontent in Welsh HE. Many questioned the efficacy, impact and sustainability of the Welsh Government’s tuition fee policy, its failure to implement a revised

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