As a response to the COVID crisis, all exams due to take place in schools and colleges this summer were cancelled. Ofqual was tasked with establishing two temporary regulatory frameworks – one for General Qualifications (GQs) and one for Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs) to allow awarding organisations and exam boards to assign a grade to as many learners as possible this summer in a fair and consistent way, enabling those learners to progress to the next stage of their learning or employment with qualifications that would be recognised by educational establishments and employers.
From September 2021 City & Guilds and EAL will be the sole provider of a new suite of fundable Construction and Building Services Engineering qualifications in Wales and we invite you to be part of the consultation process through a series of events, to review and feedback your views on the draft documents and their content.
All stakeholders within the Building Service and Construction sector within Wales such as employers, trade bodies, colleges and training providers bodies are invited to participate.
From September 2021 City & Guilds and EAL will be the sole provider of a new suite of fundable Construction and Building Services Engineering qualifications in Wales.
Qualifications Wales is leading a process to streamline skills and raise standards through a review of the qualifications system across construction and built environment sectors. The Qualifications Wales Building the Future report identified the need to rationalise hundreds of qualifications into a simplified qualification system that had clear progression routes and met the needs of employers and the economy of Wales.
As you are likely to be aware on the 1st of September 2019, the newly reformed Functional Skills Qualifications come into effect. The basis of the reform completely rewrites the Functional Skills assessment methodology which we are in support of.
EAL is proud to be a part of a monumental revolution in the delivery of Construction and Built Environment sector related qualifications in Wales.
As part of a consortium with City & Guilds, we are reshaping and reframing the existing methods of training and learning within the sector. Taking a streamlined approach, the current selection of qualifications will be simplified from hundreds of qualifications down to eight new ones.
We've just launched a new qualification for the Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician apprenticeship standard.
New guidance has been issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency to inform training providers, employers and apprentices about the need for, and importance of initial assessment (IA) and recognition of prior learning (PL).
Guidance on how employers and training providers should meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices has recently been updated to help you determine whether an activity counts as off-the-job training as well as some best practice examples and myth busters.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert that states any welding activity producing fumes must be managed appropriately.
The EAL Level 1 Introduction to Welding Fume Hazard Control (601/8138/2) has been developed in consultation with college, training associations and industry to ensure learners will be provided with the fundamental knowledge to manage welding fumes appropriately.
The EAL Level 3 Award in the Requirements for the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Points (603/3929/9) will be live from 1st February 2019.
The qualification covers the technical requirements for the installation of the EV points, and follows the entire IET Code of Practice and BS 7671.
This will provide a new assessment and another additional paper for re-sitting learners (where applicable).
The new paper and the model answers can be downloaded via online services.
If you have any queries please contact our Customer Experience team or call 01923 652400.
Did you know that EAL qualifications can be used to support the delivery of apprenticeship standards - even where qualifications are not a mandatory requirement?
Our qualifications provide a structured delivery framework for the apprenticeship and an audit trail for the 20% off the job training requirement.
Following the publication of the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations last month, we have produced a short guide to clarify the publications to be used in our electrical exams and centre assessments.
You can download the guide here.
We have also made updates to a number of our electrical qualifications.
We've just launched three new qualifications for the Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship standard, which is expected to be fully approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships soon.