Master Craftperson

Call for evidence: is there a demand for a Master Craftperson Qualification in Wales?

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is considering plans to launch a brand new professional designation of, Master Craftperson, in Wales. Before doing this we are setting out the proposal and inviting businesses and stakeholders to share their thoughts via a questionnaire.

Looking to our high value economies and performance in key sectors, particularly in Europe, the aim is to adopt the Master Craftsperson designation in Wales in order to ensure that the business sector will have no barriers to working overseas and by ensuring that best practice models are adopted and to be more effective in attracting foreign direct investment. The research will enable ColegauCymru / CollegesWales to assess the viability and potential uptake of the programme, as well as the support required for implementation.

Chief Executive of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, Iestyn Davies, said: “It is essential that Wales is not left behind and that we remain at the forefront of the skills agenda, this is how we have attracted overseas investment in the past. It is crucial therefore that we further develop the workforce by investing in upskilling. As well as attracting investment we have to ensure that our Wales based businesses, the vast majority of them SMEs, also have access to world-class skills in a complex and dynamic market.

“The Master Craftsperson qualification is an excellent way of developing this offer and all questionnaire responses will be valuable in shaping the future direction of this initiative. We are proposing sector specific frameworks at both level 3 and level 4 which can be instrumental in bringing about a shift in work based learning across Wales. We want to celebrate and market the high level of skills we already have whilst recognising that all learning that contributes to the profitability and productivity of a business in the hands of the Master Craftsperson. To decide how best to proceed in this way, we need to hear from employees, businesses and skills providers.”


Summary

ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, through its capacity as Wales’ National Contact Point for the European Qualifications Framework, has completed research looking into the European Master Craftsperson qualifications. Following a seminar discussing this opportunity, it became evident during this seminar and through subsequent preliminary research that there may be a role for Master Craftspersons in Wales.

This research sets out whether there would be a desire for creating a Master Craftsperson qualification route in Wales and considers the viability. The research aims to gain answers into the viability and potential uptake of the Master Craftsperson programmes in Wales and the proposed constituent parts of the framework. This research will look at the potential for the introduction of the Master Craftsperson framework to the following sectors, in the first instance:

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Tourism

The research proposal has created two potential frameworks, one at level 4 and one at level 3. These frameworks contain multiple strands of qualifications and learning, these are sector specific, management and teaching/coaching qualifications, supported by a time framed work record. The research seeks to understand the potential suitability and uptake of these suggested strands and the support needed to implement them.

Following this research we are now eager to engage with wider stakeholders to discover if this is something Wales would be keen to adopt.

  1. Master Craftsperson Qualification

Considerations for its adoption in Wales - May 2016