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Qualifications and Learning

Qualifications are all about having a tangible record of success. But it’s vital they’re meaningful to employers. You need to know that every recruit, no matter where and how they pursued their learning, is equipped with the right skills for your business.

A credit-based system of qualifications, designed with the help of employers, makes it easier to understand what the learner has achieved and can do.

It means your employees are fully trained for the modern workplace – and you can attract and keep the best people by offering nationally recognised qualifications.

Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales

Learning can take place anywhere - in the workplace, community, through  volunteering, at school and colleges. It can be hard for employers to work out if individuals have learnt the right skills for the job.

The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) helps you to understand and compare achievements across all types of education and training.


National Occupational Standards

These standards are based on a very simple principle - employers know best.

They describe what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job or function. They're all about effective performance at work.

They are a free public resource and can help employers to improve the skills of their workforce, increase productivity, develop training plans and recruit and keep the best people.

National Occupational Standards are developed for employers by employers through identified delivery  partners. 


Sector Representative Bodies

Sector representative bodies are independent, employer-led UK-wide organisations. They aim to develop high quality skills standards with employers which support productivity and boost performance; they are a good source of advice on qualifications within their sector.

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It’s important that employers have a strategy towards ensuring their workforce have opportunities to gain recognised and meaningful qualifications.