About VQ Day


VQ Day and the VQ Awards will take place on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

What is a Vocational Qualification?

Vocational Qualifications (VQs) are a key element of lifelong learning systems equipping people with knowledge, know-how, skills and/or competences required in particular occupations or more broadly in the labour market.

Vocational Qualifications respond to the needs of the economy but also provide learners with skills for personal development and active citizenship. Vocational Qualifications contribute to enterprise performance, competitiveness, research and innovation and are central to employment and social policy.

Employers in Wales were significantly more likely to have trained their staff at Level 3 or above (74%, compared to a UK average of 65%). This is a positive sign, indicating that employers are training staff to a higher level than they were previously.


Vocational qualifications deserve the same accolades and level of recognition that academic qualifications receive. There are GCSE and A-Level results days so why not a day to celebrate VQs? Hence VQ Day!

VQ Day and Awards

The VQ Day and VQ Awards alike, raise the status of technical, practical and vocational learning. VQs should be seen as an aspirational yet attainable route for all and regarded as equal to that of other educational routes. It’s essential to recognise that there are many paths to success and to appreciate the value that vocational qualifications bring to the individual, employers, society and the economy.

VQ’s have never been more important to the wider economy and the individual, as they deliver the trained, talented employees that businesses are crying out for and ensure individuals have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.

We want everyone to come together to recognise how high quality VQs can enhance life and work chances.

How can I get involved?

VQ Day is only so successful due to the hundreds of schools, colleges, work-based providers, businesses and learners getting involved across the country.

There are many ways for you to be a part of VQ Day, putting on events, engaging with social media, nominating learners and employers and engaging your local AMs and MP are just some of them.

Want to know more about VQs?

Contact your nearest training provider today, click onto the representation bodies below:
National Training Federation Wales

For further information relating to Vocational Qualifications opportunities and Skills Gateway please go to:
Skills Gateway


VQ Day is organised jointly by the Welsh Government, ColegauCymru/CollegesWales, the National Training Federation for Wales, Qualifications Wales and the Education Workforce Council.