The increasing number of forced migrants being resettled in Wales outside of the four main asylum seeker dispersal areas has led to a greater demand for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision and access to vocational courses and training.

A report commissioned by Welsh Government indicated that difficulties in obtaining recognition for qualifications, skills and experience gained overseas was a barrier for forced migrants to achieve their career aspirations and there were concerns that the CQFW was not being more widely used to recognise prior learning.

CollegesWales International undertook a study to establish the use of RPL and brough key stakeholders together to identify recommendations for the future. The study was conducted in two parts:

  1. identifying and conversations with key stakeholders in Wales involved with forced migrants and a survey distributed to the FE colleges in Wales funded by Welsh Government; and
  2. a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders funded by the European Commission.

Further Reading
The value of Prior Learning Recognition to support a post-Covid economic recovery
July 2021

Phil Whitney is the CollegesWales International primary contact for the Recognition of Prior Learning in further education colleges in Wales. Contact Phil for further information:

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