The clock is ticking in the hunt to find star learners, employers and trainers in every part of Wales, as the April 21 closing date for this year’s Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards approaches.
The coveted awards celebrate those who use technical, practical and vocational qualifications to achieve success. For the first time, there is an award for trainer of the year, which is added to employer of the year, intermediate learner of the year and higher level learner of the year.
The intermediate award is for learners with qualifications up to level three, while the higher award is for qualifications from level four upwards.
The VQ Learner Awards recognise learners who clearly demonstrate progression and excellence in vocational studies and have made considerable achievements in their field.
The VQ Employer of the Year Award focuses on employers who promote the value of vocational qualifications in the workplace and make a real contribution to improving the skills and national competitiveness.
The new VQ Trainer of the Year Award recognises individual trainers who have made a telling contribution to supporting learners in the workplace to achieve excellence whilst also constantly improving their own skills and knowledge.
The VQ awards offer individuals and organisations the chance to be recognised and rewarded for their commitment, hard work and achievements. Nominations close on April 21 and finalists in each category will be shortlisted and announced in early May. To download a nomination form please visit https://www.vqday.wales ,
The awards ceremony will be held at St David’s Hotel, Cardiff on June 6, the eve of VQ Day on June 7.
A new partner has joined the organising team this year, as Qualifications Wales takes its place alongside the Welsh Government, National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) and CollegesWales/ColegauCymru.
Now in their 10th consecutive year, the awards coincide with VQ Day on June 7, a celebration of vocational qualifications for learners, teachers, training providers and employers.
Learning providers across Wales are being encouraged to organise regional events to celebrate VQ Day and engage with learners of all ages. Vocational qualifications have never been more important to the economy and the individual, as they deliver the trained, talented employees that businesses are crying out for and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.
Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James describes a VQ award is “a symbol of dedication towards your chosen profession.”
“Professional and personal development programmes are utilised for staff to enable them to follow a pathway of learning to meet company, customer and individual needs,” she said. “The VQ awards help us to celebrate those Welsh employers, learners and trainers who are already going that extra mile when it comes to developing vocational skills and qualifications.
“If the Welsh economy is to continue to grow then we must ensure that employers, individuals, training providers and the Welsh Government work together to invest in the right skills for success in order to equip Wales with a world class workforce.”