VQ Day

VQ Day celebrates vocational achievement and the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning to both the individual and the economy.

What is a VQ?

A vocational qualification (VQ) is a recognised award designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and/or competence directly relevant to a line of work or specific job role.

Vocational qualifications are available from Entry Level to Level 8 of the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales. Qualifications can range in size and level from, for example, an Entry Level certificate in Child Development, to a Level 8 Diploma in Leadership.

Why a VQ Day?

There are celebrations for general qualifications - GCSE and A-Level results days in particular. Those who work hard for VQs also deserve a day of national recognition and celebration.

When is VQ Day?

VQ Day takes place in June each year. In 2016, it was held on Wednesday 8 June.

How to join in?

There are many ways for you to be a part of VQ Day. Hosting events, writing, blogging, publishing videos of vocational success, nominating learners and employers for the VQ Awards and signing up to the VQ Yearbook are just some of them. There are more ideas in the VQ Action Pack - available from the VQ Day website www.vqday.wales

Who are the key partners?

The VQ Awards and national-level VQ Day activities are organised and managed jointly by the Welsh Government, CollegesWales/ColegauCymru and the National Training Federation for Wales.

http://www.vqday.wales

VQ Day 2016 was on 8 June 2016.

VQ Awards

St David's Hotel and Spa, Cardiff Bay, was the stage for the VQ Awards Ceremony 2016 on the evening of 7 June. The ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Sian Lloyd in the company of Welsh Government Minister Julie James AM, and supported by ColegauCymru Chair Judith Evans and NTfW Chair Sarah John.

Hear from the winners and finalists:

VQ Day: celebrating vocational success together!

Employer of the Year 2016: Thorncliffe

VQ Employer of the Year Finalists 2016

Arthur J Gallagher
Wales Community Rehabilitation Company

VQ Learner of the Year 2016 Higher Level: Melanie Durney

VQ Learner of the Year Higher Level Finalists 2016

Lorna Wilcox-Jones
Darryn Pitman


VQ Learner of the Year 2016 Intermediate Level: Elizabeth Forkuoh

VQ Learner of the Year Intermediate Level Finalists 2016

Nick Rudge
Darryn Pitman
Stefano Amoruso

VQ Day 2015

VQ Day 2015 was on 10 June 2015

VQ Awards

St David's Hotel and Spa, Cardiff Bay, was the stage for the VQ Awards Ceremony 2015 on the evening of 9 June. The ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Owain Wyn Evans in the company of Deputy Minister Julie James AM, and supported by ColegauCymru Chair Judith Evans and NTfW Acting Chair Peter Rees.

Hear from the winners and finalists:

VQ Day: celebrating vocational success together!

Employer of the Year 2015: Little Inspirations

Employer of the Year Finalists 2015

Dailycer
Spirit Hair

Learner of the year 2015: Simon McCall

Learner of the Year Finalists 2015

Casey Coleman
Serena Torrance
Paul Wiggins
James Pepper
Michael Whippey

VQ Day 2014

VQ Day 2014 was celebrated across the UK on 4 June.

Here in Wales, employers, education and training providers, learners and one or two entrepreneurs showcased their skills and gave individuals an opportunity to try their hand at new skills at Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus and Coleg Cambria, Deeside Campus, Connah's Quay.

VQ Awards

In addition to the hands-on skills events, Coleg y Cymoedd's Nantgarw Campus was the stage for the VQ Awards Ceremony 2014. The ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Owain Wyn Evans in the company of Deputy Minister Ken Skates AM, and supported by ColegauCymru Chair Mark Jones and NTfW CEO Arwyn Watkins.

A VQ Employer of the Year and a VQ Learner of the Year were awarded.

VQ Employer of the Year 2014: Hengoed Court

VQ Employer of the Year Finalists 2014

Trusting Hands
The Village Bakery


VQ Learner of the Year 2014: Emma Thomas

VQ Learner of the Year Finalists 2014

Ashleigh Zeta-Jones
Corey Nixon
Ebbi Ferguson
Matthew Edwards
Rhys Sinfield

VQ Day 2013

Events across Wales celebrated VQ Day on 5 June by shining a spotlight on the quality, variety and diversity of vocational qualifications.

South East Wales: Coleg Morgannwg's Nantgarw Campus brought education and training providers together with employers to lead workshops and hands-on opportunities. Click for photos.
North Wales: Deeside College along with other local colleges including Yale College Wrexham, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and local training providers played host to schools from across North Wales. Click for photos
West Wales: The South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership hosted hands-on opportunities at Aberavon Shopping Centre, Swansea City Centre and St Elli Shopping Centre in Llanelli. Local radio broadcast live across the region on the Day, coordinated by Coleg Sir Gâr, Gower College Swansea and Neath Port Talbot College. Click for photos.

VQ Awards

The awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of vocational learners, past and present, from across the UK.

In addition to the hands-on skills events, Coleg Morgannwg's Nantgarw Campus was the stage for the VQ Awards Ceremony 2013. The ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Owain Wyn Evans in the company of Deputy Minister Jeff Cuthbert AM, and supported by ColegauCymru Chair Mark Jones and NTfW CEO Arwyn Watkins.

VQ Learner of the Year
Winner: Tomi Jones
Finalists: Leo Hacker, Helen Wynne

VQ Employer of the Year
Winner: Betsi Cadwaladr UHB
Finalists: Flintshire County Council, Capita

Short videos of the winners and finalists are on our YouTube channel:

VQ Awards 2013 YouTube playlist

Read all about them here.
Photographs of the VQ Award Ceremony are available from here.

VQ Day: celebrating vocational success together!

VQ Day

Talents at work

Profiles of VQ Award winners, finalists and other top talents from Wales have been featured in the media on VQ Day, including a number of pull-out-and-keep supplements in the Western Mail.

Click to download profiles of individuals and companies that have demonstrated success through vocational qualifications:

  1. VQ Day 2016
  2. VQ Day 2015
  3. VQ Day 2014
  4. VQ Day 2013
  5. VQ Day 2012
  6. VQ Day 2011
  7. VQ Day 2010