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Inaugural Conference in Cardiff Aims to Strengthen Skills for Success

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More than 200 delegates from across Wales will be attending the inaugural teaching, learning and assessment conference organised for work-based learning practitioners in Cardiff next week.

The conference, ‘Strengthening Skills for Success,’ will focus on providing professional development opportunities as it seeks to explore the future landscape for teaching, learning and assessment across the work-based learning sector in Wales.

To be held at the All Nations Centre, Cardiff on March 30, the conference will highlight the role of vocational pedagogy to enhance the work-based learning experience by revitalising teaching, learning and assessment strategies.

Practical workshops and discussion opportunities will support delegates to further enhance knowledge and innovation. The event is aligned to the NTfW’s Quality Improvement Project, which is supported and part-funded by Welsh Government through the European Social Fund.

Minister for Skills and Science, Julie James, will deliver the keynote address and Mark Evans, Her Majesty’s Inspector from Estyn, will examine effective teaching, learning and assessment strategies.

The other speakers are Linda Chorley, from City & Guilds, who will explore the benefits of revitalising pedagogy in vocational delivery and Angela Jardine, Education Workforce Council chair, who will discuss what registration and professional recognition will mean for the work-based learning practitioner.

Providing hands-on experience with practical tips to enhance daily working practices, the conference includes nine workshops, based on practical themes, to support practitioners in work-based settings.

Kelly Edwards, the NTfW’s head of work-based learning quality, said the new conference was recognition of the importance of work-based learning practitioners and of vocational education.

“2017 will provide key opportunities for the work-based learning sector. Registration with the Education Workforce Council on April 1 will offer professional recognition for practitioners across the work-based learning sector in Wales.

“The development of the new professional standards for Further Education and work-based learning practitioners will provide further opportunities.

“The conference is the culmination of quality improvement events that have been held over the last few months and it’s a way of tying them all together and planning for the next phase.

“The Estyn Chief Inspector’s annual report highlights the importance of professional learning to improve outcomes for learners and to tackle variability of performance. NTfW is committed to providing professional learning opportunities for practitioners across the work-based learning sector to inspire innovative practice and to build capacity in line with the priorities outlined within the Welsh Government’s new Apprenticeship Skills Policy Plan.”

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