Next stage of A55 multi-million pound tunnel scheme to begin
The next stage of the Welsh Government’s multi-million pound investment to improve the safety and resilience of the tunnels on the A55 is set to begin in the Penmaenbach Tunnel next week.
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- Next stage of A55 multi-million pound tunnel scheme to begin
- A call for proposals on a migrant Roma strategy for Wales
- Draft Statutory Guidance on Multi-Agency Collaboration in respect of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
- A framework for managing the night time economy in Wales
- Charging guidance to Ofwat (the economic regulator of the water sector)
- Care and Support (Business Failure) (Wales) Regulations 2015 and the Care and Support (Provision of Health Services) (Wales) Regulations 2015, stemming from the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
- Draft statutory guidance on the National Training Framework on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
Section highlightThe Planning (Wales) Act 2015
The act puts in place delivery structures, processes and procedures to make Wales’ planning system fit for the 21st century.
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Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
1st Supplementary Budget 2015-16 »
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Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales
An all-inclusive framework designed to provide greater clarity on the qualifications system in Wales.
The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) is managed by a strategic operational partnership comprising of the Welsh Government, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and Qualifications Wales.
- is an enabling tool in relation to Welsh Government’s economic and skills policies and goals
- offers a national qualifications framework for learners in Wales of all ages and abilities
- provides a common currency for learning achievement
- supports the recognition of credit and qualifications across all levels, enabling learners to progress
- facilitates providers to articulate pathways of progression that are easily understood and are transferable and consistent within Europe and the wider International community
Principles of CQFW
The CQFW embraces three common principles:
- Expression of achievement as learning outcomes
- The demands made by that learning on the learner (level)
- The volume of learning achievements (credit)
Together, these principles create a model which can embrace and underpin all styles/types of learning in all sections of education and training.
The CQFW was formally adopted by the Welsh Government in 2002 and was launched in 2003. The implementation phase ran from 2003 to 2014.
In July 2014, the Welsh Government commissioned and published a Review of the CQFW which made ten recommendations. It also identified the benefits of the CQFW as a tool for acknowledging learning outside more traditional areas, providing clarity, clearer pathways for progression and accrediting smaller volumes of learning. The review acknowledged that the CQFW supports the European Union Vocational Education and Training initiatives.
Following on from the CQFW Review in July 2014 and its recommendations, a number of objectives for the future have been agreed by the CQFW Advisory Group. They are:
- to support CQFW as a meta-framework that underpins future qualification strategies
- to revise the aims and objectives so that it evolves to become a ‘functional’ national qualifications framework which acts as a vehicle for describing the qualifications system in Wales
- to simplify and raise the levels of understanding and profile of the CQFW
- to maintain relationships with other UK nations to ensure alignment of frameworks across the UK and Europe
- to re-design the QALL pillar to allow the separation of lifelong learning that is formal from the non-formal
- to move ownership of the QALL pillar from Government back to the sector, with a view to making formal and non-formal learning less bureaucratic and more accessible
- to revise existing publicity materials and use them to promote and raise the profile of the CQFW. Existing electronic communication and marketing mechanisms will also be utilised
- to establish a CQFW Advisory Group with its membership drawn from wider key stakeholders
- for Qualifications Wales to provide oversight of the regulated qualifications pillar
Qualification frameworks are designed to help the learner and others make informed decisions about the qualifications they need.
Each framework has a set of levels from which they can identify clear progression routes, which can be from one level to the next. The levels capture all the learning from the initial stages (Entry) to the most advanced (Level 8), and are mapped to levels within the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
The CQFW fan diagram illustrates the levels and examples of qualifications and learning provision. It is also possible to see the progression routes between levels and to different types of learning, e.g. work-based learning to further education to higher education.
Higher Education (HE) pillar
HE is a devolved area, which means that most decisions about HE in Wales are taken by the Welsh Government.
HE in Wales provides learning programmes (including research opportunities) in a wide range of academic and vocationally oriented subject areas which lead to qualifications such as HNCs, HNDs, Certificate of HE, Foundation Degrees, Bachelor degrees, Masters, Postgraduate Certificates/Diplomas, Doctorates.
Regulated Qualifications pillar
Qualifications Wales, established September 2015, as the new independent regulator of non-degree qualifications and the regulated qualification system in Wales.
The regulated pillar identifies general and vocational education and training leading to regulated qualifications:
- Essential Skills
- AS/A levels
- Vocational qualifications
- Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (Welsh Bacc)