Securing portable and transferable qualifications across Europe for Welsh vocational learners
ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, the post-compulsory education charity has secured European funding to ensure that qualifications from Wales can continue to be benchmarked against those in Europe. Confirmation of this funding comes as reassuring news during the ongoing Brexit negotiations and will enable ColegauCymru to promote the transparency and portability of its qualifications across the European Union.
One of the Welsh Government’s key priorities for the FE colleges in Wales is international benchmarking and, with this funding, ColegauCymru will be able to continue its work as the National Contact Point (NCP) in Wales for European initiatives linked to skills, mobility and qualifications. In addition, ColegauCymru further supports this priority by promoting and securing European funding for the mobility of learners and staff in the sector and continuing to build strong partnerships and networks in the UK and across Europe for vocational education and training.
ColegauCymru welcomed the "mobility framework" which was proposed recently as part of the UK Brexit plan allowing UK and EU citizens to travel to each other's countries to apply for study and work opportunities.
With this funding, ColegauCymru will be working closely with the Welsh Government and Qualifications Wales over the next three years to ensure that qualifications in Wales continue to be comparable to those in the European Union as well as further afield in Australia and Hong Kong.
Iestyn Davies Chief Executive of ColegauCymru said “As the National Contact Point in Wales, we remain committed to facilitating recognition and transferable skills and qualifications from Wales around the world. Sharing our vision, ColegauCymru formed a partnership in 2016 with the National Contact Points of Scotland (SCQF Partnership) and Northern Ireland (CECA Regulation) and created a website ‘SkillsforEurope’ that aligns with the EQF (European Qualifications Framework). This website is a tool to help learners, workers, employers, colleges, universities and careers advisors understand how skills and qualifications are recognised across Europe. This relationship will continue to grow and prosper as we continue our journey”
The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan added, “We have much to be proud of in terms of our qualifications and skills here in Wales, I welcome this development. Education, government and business collectively must ensure that we do all we can to avoid any barriers for skills, qualifications and learner mobility and transferability. This is a critical development for our college leaners in Wales today, and echo’s Welsh Government’s message that Wales remains open for business’.