Europe: why it still matters to vocational education & training (VET) in Wales

Date: 30 November 2016
Time: 09:30 – 15:15
Location: The Hilton Hotel, Kingsway, Cardiff, CF15 3HH

Guest Speaker:
Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM

ColegauCymru invites you to join us at this event:

Europe: why it still matters to vocational education & training (VET) in Wales

As the UK prepares to negotiate its departure from the EU, the First Minister for Wales has voiced the need for a constructive national debate, that goes beyond the Assembly, on the challenges facing Wales.

ColegauCymru will be showcasing the exciting ways in which the FE colleges in Wales are collaborating with European partners. We will also explore the benefits that EU funding has brought to Wales and hear from Scotland on ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL).



Registration, Tea & Coffee

1000 Welcome: Iestyn Davies, ColegauCymru
Session 1

Skills for Europe

A guide to European tools that support the transparency and portability of qualifications across Europe. This session will focus on a newly launched website created by ColegauCymru to help answer questions relating to the mobility of workers within Europe.

Adrian Sheehan and Siân Holleran ColegauCymru

1045 Setting the scene: Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM

Q&A Session
1115 Tea & Coffee
Session 2

Erasmus+ panel

Erasmus+ opens up a world of opportunities for participants – apprentices, learners, staff and employers. Listen to the experiences of those who have taken part and find out how you can apply for funding in 2017.

Christine Bissex, The College Merthyr Tydfil

Rhianwen Edwards, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai

Louise Burnell, Head of Apprenticeships at GE

Ashley Kelly, GE Apprentice

Session 3

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

A case study by The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) on the development and promotion of its RPL toolkit. The toolkit is supporting migrants and refugees to gain recognition for their qualifications and to enter appropriate courses in the UK.

Sheila Dunn, SCQF Partnership, Scotland

1300 Lunch
Session 4

Spotlight on research

Summaries of ColegauCymru’s initial findings from three research projects supported by European and Welsh Government funding. As well as an employer perspective of what European models could be adopted in Wales.

Filippo Compagni, ColegauCymru

Bradley Tanner, Independent Consultant

Gez Williams, UPM Shotton

Dr Mark Lang, Independent Consultant

1500 Summary & Close – Iestyn Davies, ColegauCymru