Search is on for star learn­ers and train­ers

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THE search has be­gun for the star em­ploy­ers, learn­ers and train­ers across Wales who have used tech­ni­cal, prac­ti­cal and vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions to achieve suc­cess.

Now in its 11th con­sec­u­tive year, Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion (VQ) Awards in Wales of­fers in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions the chance to be recog­nised and re­warded for their com­mit­ment, hard work and achieve­ments.

Cat­e­gories in­clude Em­ployer of the Year, Learner of the Year (In­ter­me­di­ate), Learner of the Year (Higher) and Trainer of the Year, which was in­tro­duced suc­cess­fully for the first time in 2017.

Nom­i­na­tions close on March 2 and the awards cer­e­mony will be held at The Ex­change Ho­tel, Cardiff on May 3 to co­in­cide with VQ Day.

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 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 In­ter­me­di­ate Learner of the Year Award is for learn­ers with qual­i­fi­ca­tions up to level three, while the VQ Higher Learner of the Year Award is for qual­i­fi­ca­tions from level four up­wards.

Learn­ing providers across Wales are be­ing en­cour­aged to or­gan­ise re­gional events and en­gage with learn­ers of all ages on VQ Day.

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.

The awards are or­gan- ised by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment in part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Train­ing Fed­er­a­tion for Wales (NTfW), Cole­gauCymru/ Col­legesWales and Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Wales.

The cam­paign sup­ports the mar­ket­ing of the Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gramme in Wales, which is funded by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment with sup­port from the Euro­pean So­cial Fund.

Min­is­ter for Welsh lan­guage and life­long learn­ing, Eluned Mor­gan, said: “A VQ award is a sym­bol of ded­i­ca­tion to­wards a cho­sen pro­fes­sion, de­mon- strat­ing to oth­ers a real com­mit­ment to­wards per­sonal and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.”

She added: “The 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, and I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get their nom­i­na­tions in as soon as pos­si­ble.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the awards and to down­load a nom­i­na­tion form, visit www.vq­day. wales

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