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Memorandum of Understanding between the Welsh Language Commissioner and Qualifications Wales

Qualifications Wales and the Welsh Language Commissioner have signed a Memorandum of Understanding  to support collaborative working arrangements between the two regulators. It sets out our shared commitment to working together wherever possible to support both organisations in carrying out our distinctive roles and responsibilities effectively and efficiently.
Philip Blaker, Qualifications Wales’ Chief Executive said: “Increasing the availability of qualifications through the medium of Welsh is one of our areas of strategic focus over the coming years. We and the Welsh Language Commissioner both share a number of areas of common an interest. This Memorandum gives a framework for collaborating that builds on the good working relationships between our organisations. It clarifies our respective roles and sets out how we can work together effectively to further our aims.”
Meri Huws, Welsh Language Commissioner said, “Welsh provision in statutory and post-16 education is very important and is something that we consider to be vital when planning a bilingual workforce for the future.”
The Memorandum was signed by Meri Huws, Welsh Language Commissioner, Qualifications Wales Chair Ann Evans and Qualifications Wales Chief Executive Philip Blaker.
Qualifications Wales was established through the Qualifications Wales Act 2015. It regulates non-degree qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales. In considering what is appropriate for the purpose of achieving its principal aims, it must have regard to the desirability of promoting and facilitating the use of the Welsh language.
The Welsh Language Commissioner’s principal aim, when exercising its functions under the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011, is to promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language.

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