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Since September 2019, City & Guilds/WJEC has been the sole provider of a new suite of fundable Health and Social Care, and Childcare qualifications across Wales.

Staff Discussions

Qualifications Wales' review of qualifications in the Health & Social Care and Childcare sector found that a number of changes should be made to the qualifications to make sure that they meet the needs of both learners and employers in Wales.

The new qualifications will reduce complexity and raise quality of the learning outcomes and experience, which are so crucial to the best care and support. Social Care Wales and the NHS in Wales are fully supportive of this vision and are active partners in the development process.

Existing qualifications will continue to be valued and recognised, but continuing professional development is important to ensure that workers stay up-to-date with their knowledge and skills development.

Yes. We are working with a wide range of sector representatives, and Qualifications Wales to ensure that the qualifications contain relevant and up‐to‐date content and develop the knowledge, skills and competence needed within the workplace.

Additionally, the introduction of the ‘core’ qualification ensures that all learners develop the key knowledge and understanding needed to begin to work within the sector, and will support progression without duplicating learning.

The new qualifications will be approved by Qualifications Wales. This means that they will be eligible for public funding on programmes of learning for learners up to the age of 19.

Some of the qualifications in the new suite will be on apprenticeship frameworks for social care or children’s care, learning and development. These will be funded through Welsh Government apprenticeship schemes.

Although funding will be available in different ways for each of the new qualifications, learners and employers in certain circumstances may need to fund themselves or their employees in order to complete the qualification.