Today (June 20th) will see the official launch of the University of Wales Technical Institutes hosted by Elin Jones, MS, Presiding Officer at the Senedd.
NPTC Group of Colleges is a partner along with a network of further and higher education providers that aim to deliver a programme of higher technical qualifications across economic and social priority sectors driven by employer need.
It will provide new opportunities for higher learning closer to home. The development of technical university institutes is a direct response to the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022, which received cross-party support, and sets out a bold vision for the delivery of post-16 education in Wales.
In establishing a new Commission for Tertiary Education and Research, the Act calls on schools, colleges, universities as well as adult education and training providers to work together to promote participation in lifelong learning, research and innovation. It means we will be able to validate and offer our own degree courses.
It’s a very different approach and it’s about looking at the needs of employers and having a flexible approach where we can deliver programmes in a short space of time if required. If industry requires a programme delivered in two years or on a Saturday and Sunday, we can deliver it.