Energy Wales Statement »The energy system in Wales is on the threshold of great change driven by new energy, technology and low carbon energy transition objectives.Learn more »
£7.6m funding boost for children and young people’s mental health services in Wales
The Welsh Government will invest an extra £7.6m every year in mental health services for children and young people in Wales.
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- £7.6m funding boost for children and young people’s mental health services in Wales
Section highlightHistoric Environment (Wales) BillThe Bill will support the positive management of change in the Welsh historic environment.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
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.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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Essential Skills Wales
Essential Skills Wales (ESW) is a suite of 3 different skills qualifications.
Qualifications are available from Entry Level 1 through to Level 4 in:
- Application of Number
- Information Communication Technology (ICT).
ESW has been implemented in Wales since the 1st September 2010. ESW superseded Key Skills.
At entry level, the nature of the assessment will be determined by the awarding body delivering the qualification. However, the assessment must meet the assessment outcomes.
For levels 1 to 4, the qualifications will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.
Each level of the skills incorporates and builds on previous levels, therefore for each skill you can view the individual standards as well as progression grids.
Future of Essential Skills Wales
The Review of Qualifications 14-19 (2012) recommends that ESW qualifications are no longer used within the Welsh Baccalaureate at 14-16 years of age.
ESW content, structure and assessment will be reviewed through comprehensive stakeholder engagement in 2013 – with new qualifications trialed in 2014. ICT will be replaced by a new Digital Literacy qualification.
If you have any further queries, please visit the Qualifications Wales website (external link).