Contingency planning for winter weather »Severe weather requires robust, collaborative planning between the Welsh Government and the public and private sectors in Wales.Learn more »
Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
A new law to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco will apply in Wales, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.
- School Categorisation results published
- Survey on Welsh language use welcomed
- Health Minister gives go-ahead for standardised packaging for cigarettes to be introduced in Wales
- Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Consultation – UK Marine Programme of Measures
- Raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales
- Review of requirements for the trading of captive bred birds
- Harmonising school term dates for 2016 to 2017
- Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 – Consultation on the Regulations and code of practice in relation to part 11 of the Act.
- Implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - Consultation on the regulations and code of practice in relation to Part 2 of the Act
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Section highlightQualifications Wales BillThe Bill will establish Qualifications Wales as an independent regulator for qualifications and the qualification system in Wales.
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Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
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- European Social Fund Local Service Board development and priority delivery project
- Evaluation of the Choose Pharmacy common ailments service
- Housing demolitions and hazards
- Regional economic and labour market profiles
- Welsh Government People Survey
- Welsh language use survey
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Information for learners, parents and carers
It includes learning that takes place in school, college, university, work based learning, youth, sports and cultural activities in the community.
There has been transformation in the way young people are educated with the new qualifications that are available. Wider choice and flexibility means that young people will gain recognition in a range of ways that will be valued by universities, colleges and employers.
The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales includes all QCF vocational qualifications - you may know some of them as BTEC awards, NVQs, or City and Guilds etc.
The booklet "Learning is changing", gives you more detail.
CQFW allows comparison of all types of qualifications and learning achievements at all levels. The fan diagram below illustrates that range with some examples.
The Credit and Qualification Framework for Wales benefits learners by:
- recognising and valuing your achievements
- assisting your progress in education and employment across the UK, and Europe
- making it easier for you to transfer your knowledge and skills between careers and providers of education and training
- and allowing you to accumulate credit and qualifications to meet a range of career and personal development needs.
From September 2011 secondary school students in Wales from Year 9 will be given their Unique Learner Number (ULN) which is a number for life - just like a National Insurance number except that it relates to education. It is used in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
The ULN is important because it allows all of your learning achievements to be stored in one place – in your Personal Learning Record (PLR). Your Personal Learning Record will be available from 2012. You will be able to access it by logging on to the Careers Wales website.
You can find out more about the ULN by reading the factsheet in Related Links.
Other organisations (external links)
- Careers Wales -all age careers information and guidance
- University Candidate Application Service (UCAS)
- Europass - European CV with language skills
- Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification Guide
- Colleges Wales - raising the profile of further education
- Higher Education Funding Council in Wales (HEFCW)
- Volunteering in Wales - youth volunteers