Help to Buy – Wales Shared Equity Scheme »This shared equity loan will make up the shortfall between the purchase price of a property and the funding available to buyers through their cash deposit and mortgage offer.Learn more »
“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
- New guidance on care and support for over 65s
- Independent report revealed at the Event Wales International Conference 2013 outlines positive impact of games and events for Wales
- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
- Consultation on Regional engagement partnership structures in the tourism sector
- Implementation of Commission Directive 2013/45/EU concerning the change to the botanical name of tomato
- School term dates regulations
- Beyond 2011: Consultation on Census and future provision of population statistics in England and Wales
- M4 Corridor around Newport Consultation
- Undertaking fatal and non-fatal drug poisoning reviews in Wales
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Information for Employers
In Wales, through CQFW, it is possible to have all learning activity accredited, including the learning that takes place in the community, through volunteering and through employer’s in-house training and continuous professional development (CPD) programmes.
Credit based qualifications have three common principles:
- expression of achievement as ‘learning outcomes’
- how complex or demanding the learning is as the ‘level’
- the volume of learning achievements as ‘credit’.
To find out more about CQFW download the Employers Guide below.
Vocational and work related qualifications in Wales have changed to better meet employers’ and learners’ needs. Industry, commerce and Sector Skills Councils have been involved in developing new qualifications to make sure that they are fit for their intended purpose. Some qualifications are based on national occupational standards.
Benefits for employers:
- have more say about the design of qualifications
- have a workforce trained in appropriate skills that meet the needs of the modern workplace
- attract and keep employees by being able to offer nationally recognised qualifications
- benefit from a more flexible qualifications system, with training aimed at meeting business needs
- easier to understand what the learner has achieved and can do
- in–house training and continuous professional development (CPD) can be accredited
- the ability to ‘fast track’ some learners.
If you would like to know more about how CPD and in-house training can be accredited you can visit our Quality Assured Lifelong Learning (QALL) page in this section.
Introducing the Unique Learner Number:
- the Unique Learner Number (or ULN) allows all learning achievement to be electronically stored in an individuals’ Personal Learning Record (PLR) which will build into a lifelong record of achievement
- the PLR can be shared with employers, careers advisers and other education providers, so that qualifications can be quickly verified
- further Education Colleges and Work Based Learning providers have issued ULNs to their learners since September 2010
- from September 2011 schools will issue ULNs to learners aged 14+.