VQ Day

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About VQ Day

VQ Day celebrates vocational achievement and the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning to both the individual and the Welsh economy.


A vocational qualification is a recognised award designed to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and/or competence directly relevant to a line of work or specific job role.

Vocational Qualifications are available from Entry Level to Level 8 of the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales. Qualifications can range in size and level from, for example, an Entry Level certificate in Child Development, to a Level 8 Diploma in Direction and Leadership.


Vocational qualifications deserve the same accolades and level of recognition that academic qualifications receive. There are GCSE and A-Level results days so why not a day to celebrate VQs? Hence VQ Day!

Vocational qualifications have never been more important to the economy and the individual; they deliver the trained, talented employees businesses are crying out for and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.

We want everyone to come together to recognise how high quality VQs can enhance life and work chances.


VQ Day will take place on Thursday 3 May 2018.


VQ Day is only so successful due to the hundreds of schools, colleges, work-based providers, businesses and learners getting involved across the country.

There are many ways for you to be a part of VQ Day, putting on events, nominating learners and employers and signing up to the VQ Yearbook are just some of them.


VQ Day is organised jointly by the Welsh Government, CollegesWales/ColegauCymru, Qualifications Wales and the National Training Federation for Wales. VQ Day is funded by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund.

VQ Awards

The VQ Awards are a key part of VQ Day. The VQ Awards Ceremony will take place at The Exchange Hotel, Cardiff Bay.

Go to the VQ Day website vqday.wales to find out more.