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Law to safeguard & strengthen agricultural industry receives Royal Assent
A new Welsh law to protect low paid agricultural workers and strengthen the agricultural industry has been granted Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen.
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- Law to safeguard & strengthen agricultural industry receives Royal Assent
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- Child performance regulations: when children can take part in performances and the breaks they must have
- Food Hygiene Rating (Promotion of Food Hygiene Ratings) (Wales) Regulations
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Ireland Wales cooperation Programme 2014-2020
- Statutory Guidance to the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales in relation to the salaries of Local Authority Chief Executives
- Active Travel Action Plan
- Statutory Guidance for the Delivery of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013
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Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
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 - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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Essential Skills Wales
Essential Skills Wales (ESW) is a suite of three different skills qualifications.
Qualifications are available from Entry Level 1 through to Level 4 in:
- Application of Number
- Information Communication Technology (ICT).
ESW has been implemented in Wales since the 1st September 2010. ESW superseded Key Skills.
At entry level, the nature of the assessment will be determined by the awarding body delivering the qualification. However, the assessment must meet the assessment outcomes.
For levels 1 to 4, the qualifications will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.
Each level of the skills incorporates and builds on previous levels, therefore for each skill you can view the individual standards as well as progression grids. See below to download the ESW standards.
Future of Essential Skills Wales
The Review of Qualifications 14-19 (2012) recommends that ESW qualifications are no longer used within the Welsh Baccalaureate at 14-16 years of age.
ESW content, structure and assessment will be reviewed through comprehensive stakeholder engagement in 2013 – with new qualifications trialed in 2014. ICT will be replaced by a new Digital Literacy qualification.
If you have any further queries, please visit the Qualifications Wales website (external link).