CollegesWales, the Wales’ national contact point for the European qualifications framework, completed in 2016 their research on the European master craftsperson qualifications. Part of this research was to evaluate, whether there is a desire for creating a master craftsperson qualification route in Wales. The research considers the viability and potential uptake of such programmes in Wales and the introduction of master craftsperson frameworks at EQF levels 4 and 5.
People who face losing their jobs in the oil and gas sector, as a consequence of lower oil prices affecting business, will be helped to transition into other energy industry and manufacturing jobs through the Scottish Government’s GBP 12 million transition training fund announced in February 2016.
An increasing number of university applicants in the UK have an expanding range of secondary level qualifications; many of these are vocational in nature.
In October 2015, the new regulated qualifications framework (RQF) replaced the qualifications and credit framework (QCF).
Colleges in England are responding positively to new freedoms and flexibilities awarded in recent years, according to recent government findings.
A new Welsh baccalaureate qualification introduced in September 2015 places greater emphasis on applied and purposeful learning and assessment.
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has assembled a toolkit aimed at helping employers take on apprentices with disabilities.
The government is introducing a new school and college performance measure for 16 to 19 year-olds which will recognise the highest level of technical training in England. This will be known as the technical baccalaureate (or TechBacc) measure.