ON APRIL 27, Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, addressed University of South Wales (USW) education, early years, and youth and community work students.
Dr Ben Calvert, Vice-Chancellor of USW, opened the event at the University’s Newport campus, welcoming colleagues, students, and the Minister.
He said: “Education is a lifelong journey of personal growth and enlightenment.
“The knowledge, skill, and professional development gained from your study and practice here at USW, the values, and character that you learn here will stand you in good stead as you enter the teaching profession and you, in turn, take others on a journey of discovery and opportunities.
“We have developed a close working relationship with Welsh Government and are proud play our part in their inspiring and ambitious plans for the education of the children and young people of Wales.
“Teaching is a privilege. It is a privilege for us to work with you, as it will be for you to work with others.”
As part of his Engagement and Enrichment event series, the Minister spoke directly to the educators of the future, followed by a Q&A session.
Jeremy Miles said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to talk to you all at the start of your careers. There are a lot of talented people in this room who will have the opportunity to impact the lives of hundreds and thousands of young people.
“Thank you for making that choice. However, enthusiasm and intent are not enough. We are committed to supporting you throughout. For example, we are investing in health and wellbeing, professional development, Welsh-medium learning, and tackling the attainment gap.
“You are embarking on a career in one of the best professions – you will see tangible results every single day.”