YMCA Wales Community College proves itself once more with a record breaking inspection result.
The smallest further education institution funded by the Welsh Government is celebrating this month following a second ‘Excellent’ Estyn inspection result.
YMCA Wales Community College has approximately 6,000 learners, of which 75% are male and 25% female. Many of its learners come from vulnerable groups, and many have not always been successful in their past learning experiences. The college offers learning to mostly offenders and youth workers. There is also has a smaller provision offered to community learners. All college learners are part-time and they attend courses in a variety of outreach and community-based venues. The college operates a flexible delivery system, with most learners attending short courses or learning experiences. The majority of these courses are accredited.
The college is the largest provider of initial training for youth workers in Wales and of training for offender learners on unpaid orders. It delivers learning in all local authorities across Wales, works with a wide range of partners and delivers most of its work in partnership with the Wales Probation Trust and local authority and third sector youth services across Wales.
YMCA Wales Community College was awarded ‘Excellent’ grade results across all judgments in its inspection – the highest achievement possible.
This result means that the College is riding high on a wave of success, with its two previous Estyn Inspections recording results as ‘Excellent’.
‘The College recognises that this success is owned by all College stakeholders. The report recognises the contribution made by Governors, management, staff and partners in ensuring that the learner is held at the centre of all activities.’ said Head of College Margaret Jones, ‘The College thanks all staff, tutors and partner organisations for their hard work and dedication in achieving this exceptional result’.
The report acknowledges that ‘The College has a truly inclusive ethos and the learner is at the heart of all staff activities. All college staff have a clear understanding and commitment to working for the good of learners. College staffs have a passionate commitment to providing quality courses that match the needs of, and develop, learners well.’
In accordance with the inspection team’s recommendations, The College is to run a Conference in the autumn term to disseminate all of the noted good practice following the Estyn Report.
For more details contact Becky Watson Stubbs at:
Tel: 029 2075 5444
Fax: 029 2075 5445