David Hagendyk

Director for Wales

David was appointed Director for Wales of Learning and Work Institute in March 2017 and is responsible for leading the work of the organisation in Wales and for promoting to government and service providers the value of adult learning and the need for investment and policies to raise productivity, improve progression from low pay and reduce inequality. He has worked in leadership, campaigning and policy development roles in Wales for the last eighteen years. Prior to joining Learning and Work Cymru he worked for nearly seven years as the General Secretary of Welsh Labour. Prior to this he worked as the Political Liaison Officer for the University and College Union Cymru, as the Head of Policy for Welsh Labour, and as a researcher for Huw Lewis AM and Lynne Neagle AM.



The ‘postcode penalty’ – What the Youth Opportunity Index tells us about inequality of opportunity
21st May 2019 by David Hagendyk

The ‘postcode penalty’ – What the Youth Opportunity Index tells us about inequality of opportunity

Back in 1997 I was campaigning for a Yes vote in the referendum to establish the National Assembly for Wales, knocking doors and encouraging people to vote in communities across the south Wales coalfield. Two years...Read more »

The latest analysis on Women in Apprenticeships: Supporting women into work and diversifying the workplace
21st February 2019 by David Hagendyk

The latest analysis on Women in Apprenticeships: Supporting women into work and diversifying the workplace

2019 has already seen the publication of two important reports:  the excellent State of the Nation report from Chwarae Teg and a report on the future direction of apprenticeship policy from colleagues at NTfW. To bring...Read more »

Our response on the new Tertiary Education and Research Commission Wales
18th July 2018 by David Hagendyk

Our response on the new Tertiary Education and Research Commission Wales

As the technical consultation on the creation of the new Tertiary Education and Research Commission closes, Learning and Work Institute Cymru Director David Hagendyk argues that more focus is needed on the importance of lifelong learning...Read more »

Community Hubs: Strengthening Communities Conference
6th July 2018 by David Hagendyk

Community Hubs: Strengthening Communities Conference

The Communities Hub Conference was organised and delivered in partnership with Welsh Government and Building Communities Trust, which took place on Tuesday 3rd July at the Redhouse in Merthyr Tydfil. The conference was aimed at: Sharing...Read more »

A fantastic opportunity to step back into education
21st June 2018 by David Hagendyk

A fantastic opportunity to step back into education

This week hundreds of events are taking place across Wales to mark Adult Learners’ Week.  Organised by Learning and Work Institute Cymru and supported by the Welsh Government, this is the 27th anniversary of Adult Learners’...Read more »

ESOL Roundtable: Shaping the future of ESOL provision in Wales
9th March 2018 by David Hagendyk

ESOL Roundtable: Shaping the future of ESOL provision in Wales

To challenge and support the Welsh Government’s Ambitious and Learning policy strand, Learning and Work Institute Cymru launched a series of roundtables to shine a light on policy areas that don’t always get the attention that...Read more »

Offender Learning Round Table: “Life in Limbo-Land”
6th February 2018 by David Hagendyk

Offender Learning Round Table: “Life in Limbo-Land”

As part of our Ambitious and Learning for All roundtable series, Learning and Work Institute Cymru held an Offender Round Table event on 31st January in Gower College Swansea. Director for Wales, David Hagendyk follows up...Read more »

Ambitious and Learning for All
15th December 2017 by David Hagendyk

Ambitious and Learning for All

‘Our aim is to instil in everyone a passion to learn throughout their lives, inspiring them with the ambition to be the best they possibly can be.  A prosperous Wales needs creative, highly skilled and adaptable...Read more »

Employability & Skills: Five starter points on how to build a more inclusive society
5th December 2017 by David Hagendyk

Employability & Skills: Five starter points on how to build a more inclusive society

This week Learning and Work Cymru will host the annual Employability and Skills Convention. It’s fair to say it is good timing.  We’ll hear from Remploy about the start of Work and Health Programme Wales and...Read more »

What does the new employability strategy mean to small businesses?
17th November 2017 by David Hagendyk

What does the new employability strategy mean to small businesses?

Learning and Work Institute will deliver The Employability and Skills Wales Convention on 6th December 2017. This is a flagship event for the sector that will once again address the challenges and opportunities faced by policy makers...Read more »