Tuesday 5 June 2018

Vocational qualifications key to Wales’ future economic prosperity

Vocational qualifications are set to play a pivotal role in helping the Welsh Government achieve its vision of […]

Ethan Davies pres

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Company’s award hat-trick as model apprentice named VQ Learner of the Year

“Model apprentice” Ethan Davies has made it a hat-trick for a Flintshire aerospace engineering company at the annual […]

Gestamp Tallent pres

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Llanelli manufacturer named VQ Employer of the Year for Wales

A Llanelli automotive manufacturer Gestamp Tallent Ltd is celebrating after being named Vocational Qualification (VQ) Employer of the […]

Tom Jones pres

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Inspirational college lecturer is named VQ Trainer of the Year

An inspirational lecturer from Cardiff and Vale College, who has overcome a spinal injury to develop a rewarding […]

Brandon Jones pres

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Merthyr Tydfil engineering graduate named VQ Learner of the year

Merthyr Tydfil engineering graduate Brandon Jones, described as an inspiration to fellow students, has won one of this […]


Thursday 3 May 2018

Welsh stars shine at Vocational Qualification Awards ceremony

Inspirational stories of success were celebrated as a Merthyr Tydfil engineering graduate, a Flintshire higher apprentice, a Cardiff […]

22.03.18. mh VQ Sue Jefferies 9

Monday 23 April 2018

Sue goes the extra mile for media apprentices

More than 30 years’ experience in television and media was Sue Jeffries’ ‘qualification’ for starting up her own […]

21.03.18 mh VQ Awards Tom Jones 1

Monday 23 April 2018

Tom uses experimental learning to engage with students

Tom Jones is not a traditional trainer. He champions experimental learning, often using body armour, protective equipment and […]

22.03.18. mh VQ Gwenno Jones 8

Monday 23 April 2018

Understanding and respect at heart of Gwenno’s training

Treating each learner as an individual with unique training needs is at the heart of Gwenno Jones’ success. […]

29.03.28 mh Gestamp VQ Awards 5

Friday 20 April 2018

Llanelli manufacturer reaps the rewards of investing in skills

Automotive manufacturer Gestamp Tallent Ltd, which is reaping the rewards of investing in training and developing its workforce, […]

29.03.18 mh VQ Awards Tai Tarian Ltd 12

Monday 16 April 2018

Housing association develops new multi-trade apprenticeship

Demands by tenants for a “first time fix” rather than multiple visits by different tradesmen to complete a […]

28.03.28 mh Little Inspirations VQ 29

Monday 16 April 2018

Little Inspirations a ‘shining example’ to other nurseries

“Little Inspirations is a shining example of how a nursery should run and how staff should be engaged […]

20.03.18 mh VQ Adam Griffiths 11

Monday 9 April 2018

“Exceptional learner” Adam focused on rewarding career

“Exceptional learner” Adam Griffiths is totally focused on developing a rewarding career with Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough […]

Sophie Appleton-Hendy, VQ Learner of the Year-Intermediate finalist, at work at Tommy's, Llandudno, seen here with salon training manager Jane Hughes

Monday 9 April 2018

Gold medallist Sophie rewarded for her dedication

Not many people can say they have won a gold medal for Wales, but hairdresser Sophie Appleton-Hendy can. […]

22.03.18. mh VQ Brandon Jones 1

Monday 9 April 2018

Engineering graduate experiences life in fast lane

Engineering graduate Brandon Jones has helped students from Cyfarthfa High School in Merthyr Tydfil experience life in the […]

27.03.18 mh Kieran Hunt VQ 8

Friday 6 April 2018

Age is no barrier for VQ Awards finalist Kieran

Kieran Hunt is a young man on a mission who has defied his years by becoming the youngest […]

Ethan Davies, Electroimpact, Hawarden, VQ Learner of the Year - Higher finalist

Friday 6 April 2018

‘Role model’ Ethan has the competitive edge

Ethan Davies has been described as a “model apprentice” by his peers and through hard work and continuous […]

29.03.18 mh Laura Beale VQ Awards 11

Friday 6 April 2018

A ‘Flying Start’ leads to £660,000 project

Apprentice Laura Beale has made a ‘Flying Start’ to her career after making an immediate impression on her […]


Friday 23 March 2018

Dozen finalists shortlisted for Wales’ VQ Awards

Twelve finalists have been shortlisted for awards that recognise star employers, learners and trainers across Wales who have […]

Matthew with award

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Last year’s winner encourages VQ Awards nominations before March 2 deadline

A winner of a Vocational Qualification (VQ) Award in 2017 is encouraging employers, learners and trainers across Wales […]


Tuesday 16 January 2018

Awards recognise vocational qualification stars across Wales

The search begins today for the star employers, learners and trainers across Wales who have used technical, practical […]

Julie Mundy (second from left) receives the VQ Award from Minister for Skills and Science Julie James watched by Ann Evans (left), chair of Qualifications Wales and compere Sian Lloyd (right)

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Redundancy leads to rewarding learning journey for VQ Award winner

Redundancy opened the door to a rewarding new career for Julie Mundy who has celebrated the success of […]

Matthew with award

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Double awards success for growing aerospace company

Flintshire aerospace engineering business Electroimpact UK Ltd has become the first business to win two Vocational Qualification (VQ) […]

Alys pres

Tuesday 13 June 2017

VQ Award is a piece of cake for talented baker Alys

A talented young South Wales cook has added a Vocational Qualification (VQ) Award for Wales to her growing […]


Wednesday 7 June 2017

Deeside aerospace company succeed twice at VQ Awards

Aerospace engineering business Electroimpact UK completed a notable double at the Vocational Qualification (VQ) Awards ceremony on Tuesday […]

09.05.17 mh VQ Finalist Mitchell Rees 24

Tuesday 6 June 2017

VQ Awards decision time for 12 shortlisted finalists

A dozen finalists from across Wales will discover on Tuesday evening (June 6) if they have won one […]

16.05.17 mh Arthur J Gallagher VQ Awards 14

Saturday 27 May 2017

South Wales insurance business and employees shortlisted for three VQ Awards

Major growth at award-winning South Wales-based insurance brokerage and risk management company Arthur J. Gallagher over the past […]

16.05.17 mh VQ Awards Christine Thomas 8

Saturday 27 May 2017

Christine progresses from learner to mentor

Christine Thomas has worked for Newport City Council’s waste management department for 27 years, progressing from a junior […]

Electroimpact UK Ltd

Saturday 27 May 2017

Investment in work-based learning pays off for growing aerospace company

Investment in work-based learning has helped Flintshire aerospace engineering business Electroimpact UK Ltd grow by 50 per cent […]

09.05.17 mh VQ Finalist Gwenno Jones 4

Saturday 27 May 2017

Gwenno inspired to help others learn and develop

A former physics teacher who is now delivering higher apprenticeships in Leadership and Management has been shortlisted for […]

Wrexham success story Mainetti , VQ medium employer of the year finalist L-R: Thomas Owen, Diana Petrova, Lee Bower, HR Manager; Heather Martin, Cambrian Training and Magdalena Nowak

Saturday 27 May 2017

Apprenticeships boost productivity and morale at Wrexham recycler

Launching an apprenticeship programme at Wrexham recycling company Mainetti four years ago has improved productivity and workforce morale […]

16.05.17 mh Maria Brooks VQ Awards 10

Saturday 27 May 2017

Ford’s award winner Maria is a role model for schoolgirls

Maria Brooks is no stranger to excelling, having been selected as Apprentice of the Year at last year’s […]