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Learners, teachers, instructors and workers need to be able take full advantage of opportunities to study, train and work in other countries. To do this successfully, it’s important that the qualifications and experiences gained in Wales are recognised in other countries. Likewise, the qualifications and experience gained when working and studying in other countries need to be recognised in Wales.

CollegesWales International works with partners across the UK and in other countries to develop trust and to provide confidence in the quality of vocational education and training programmes wherever they are provided.

The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) is one of the main quality benchmarks for education and training in this country.  CollegesWales International has worked with partners in the UK and Europe to ensure that the CQFW has been referenced to other qualification frameworks in Europe through the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). The EQF, in turn, continues to support wider referencing with frameworks across the world.

CollegesWales International also supports strengthening and extending the use of the CQFW to recognise the prior learning of forced migrants helping them to access appropriate education and training.

European Quality assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) is an initiative designed to ensure that the quality assurance arrangements for vocational education and training (VET) can be trusted in order to help people who want to continue education and training or to use their qualifications in other countries. It helps to make standards across all countries consistent. CollegesWales International is the designated National Reference Point (NRP) for EQAVET.

“It’s important that learners, staff and workers are confident that the skills and qualifications they acquire in Wales will be understood and recognised across the world and will enable them to take advantage of employment and study opportunities beyond the UK.”

Siân Holleran, CollegesWales International European and International Project Manager 


Siân Holleran, Project Manager  

Vicky Thomas, Project Officer 

Related Pages

CQFW Alignment Recognition of Prior Learning EQAVET

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