Vocational qualifications make up over 90% of the regulated qualifications available in Wales, and should reflect the skills that employers need. Together with our day-to-day work as a regulator, sector reviews form the backbone of our work with vocational qualifications, allowing us to focus on qualifications within particular employment sectors.
For each sector, our aim is to:
- understand the qualifications landscape;
- hear stakeholders’ views on the qualifications and the qualifications system;
- consider whether the qualifications, and the qualifications system, are technically effective and fit for purpose;
- learn lessons from the qualifications systems of other nations;
- decide whether we should take (or recommend that others take) action to improve qualifications or the system.
- interview stakeholders (including employers, sector bodies, work-based learning providers, further education institutions and schools);
- set up a stakeholder panel of ‘critical friends’ to assist and advise us;
- encourage individuals to share their opinions with us through an online survey;
- conduct a technical review of qualifications (including learners’ work);
- undertake a desk-based international comparison study.
Our planned sector reviews
- Health and Social Care (including child care and play work) - published in July 2016;
- Construction and the Built Environment - published in February 2018;
- Information and Communication Technology - published in December 2018;
- Engineering, advanced manufacturing and energy - published in October 2020
To be arranged
- Financial services
- Customer services and retail
- Travel and tourism
- Hospitality and catering
Each sector review is different; the outcomes of one review are not necessarily the outcomes of the next.
You can find more information in our Vocational Qualifications Strategy.