CollegesWales International, as the designated National Reference Point (NRP) for European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET), has been able to access European funding to undertake research into issues of relevance to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in Wales. These projects, worth approximately €250k, have allowed us to investigate how systems in Wales compare to those in the rest of Europe. The work has resulted in three reports.
Training and skills for the Retail, Tourism and Hospitality sectors in Wales
In 2016/17, CollegesWales International undertook a one-year project into the acquisition of skills for the Retail, Tourism and Hospitality sectors in Wales. The amusingly titled final report, Gammon, egg and chips in a pub night after night, provides an insight into those sectors and offers recommendations to support training and skills development for this important economic sector in Wales.
The relationship between higher level skills and economic resilience
Between 2017/19, CollegesWales International received funding to explore the relationship between higher level skills and on economic resilience. This project was carried out in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. We looked at six regions in Europe which were similar in terms of economic resilience to Wales and how their educational and training systems reacted to the problems caused by the crisis. The final report Building a better Wales - Lessons from Europe was presented at the FE and Future Skills Cross Party Group in September 2019. The report, and its recommendations, are particularly relevant now in the post-Covid era.
Building a better Wales - Lessons from Europe
VET graduate tracking measures in Europe and compared to Wales
Our latest EQAVET project ran from 2019 to 2021 and investigated VET graduate tracking measures in Europe and compared them to those in Wales. The report Where Did They Go? provides an insight into the varied VET graduate tracking measures across Europe.
Where did they go?
For a quick overview of the project, here are some short, animated videos which give the context of VET graduate tracking, the current situation in Wales and the main recommendations to emerge from the research.
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Our Project Officer Phil Whitney leads on the EQAVET projects on behalf of CollegesWales International: Phil.Whitney@colegaucymru.ac.uk