We cautiously welcome today’s announcement from the Minister for Education on her proposals for increasing teacher pay and are urging her to honour her long-standing commitment to pay parity in the further education sector.
Concerns over additional funding remain ColegauCymru also welcomes Welsh Government’s pledge of a £40m skills and job fund to support everyone to find work, education or training. We however remain apprehensive about the lack of clarity on funding requested to enable colleges to safely offer face-to-face teaching in the new term.
Additional funding requested for the safe return of learners to college campuses from September has not yet been agreed. With the start of the new academic year less than 5 weeks away, there is a pressing need to agree this, and to properly reward our hard-working staff who will deliver on the pledges made by Welsh Government.
ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies said, “We cautiously welcome today’s announcement by the Minister. Pay parity for the FE sector must remain a priority and pledges of additional funding must be agreed and honoured at the earliest opportunity”.
ColegauCymru Chair and Chief Executive of Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, Dafydd Evans added, “We are encouraged by the recognition the government is giving the teaching sector, particularly during these challenging times. We look forward to the Minister turning her pledge for additional funding and commitment to pay parity into a reality so that the FE sector too will receive the recognition it deserves.”