Qualifications and Careers in Wales

In Wales, qualifications are regulated by the Welsh Government. Ofqual regulate England and Northern Ireland.

Education and Qualifications policy is led by the Minister for Education and Skills within the National Assembly for Wales and administered by officials within Welsh Government.

Whilst there are many similarities between the Education and Training systems within the three Home Nations, there are also significant emerging differences affecting school and college students, the Welsh Baccalaureate and apprentices through Essential Skills Wales. 

A significant emerging difference is the requirement for bilingual (Welsh-English) provision for all age groups, including vocational learning which is building on the significant growth in Primary and Secondary Welsh Medium provision.

The Evans report published in November 2012, offers a number of radical changes to the Education and Training infrastructure in Wales which will lead to significant differences  between formats in  England and Wales.

These changes range from the continuation and assessment of GCSE’s, to the reduction of the number of Post-16 vocational qualifications funded by Welsh Government, to the adoption of a revised Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification for all schools, colleges and training providers. 

You can find out more information on the developments outlined above by clicking on the following links:

Wales Qualifications and Careers Projects

There are a number of Qualifications and Careers Related projects being supported and led by ConstructionSkills in Wales. Current projects include:

  • Development of a Construction Qualification for 14-16 year old students with the WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee);
  • QALL project with Pencoed Insulation and Agored, looking to accredit in-house Air Tightness Testing training for Apprentices and Existing Workers;
  • BEST (Built Environment Sustainability Training) looking at the provision of sustainability training at levels 4 and above for the Built Environment Sector;
  • SPF (Sector Priority Fund) project looking at Green Skills and Apprenticeship Enhancement projects, mainly at levels 2 and 3, but also looking at Higher Apprenticeships.

Current NOS reviews and events in Wales 

Information on UK Qualifications Developments can be found on the main CITB website

Wales Construction Careers and Skills Provision Advisory Group

The WCCSPAG (Wales Construction Careers and Skills Provision Advisory Group) acts as the Sector Qualification Advisory Panel (SQAP) for Construction. 

It provides a forum and oversight of the decisions relating to vocational Construction qualifications eligible for Welsh Government funding in Wales in the Sector Subject Area of Construction, Planning and the Built Environment.

Find out more:

Terms of Reference (PDF, 223 KB)

Membership (PDF, 179 KB)

SQAP (Sector Qualifications Advisory Panel)

Employer brief (draft format) for guidance and information see document (PDF, 437 kb)

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