Member - Qualifications Wales (Welsh Desirable)

Body: Qualifications Wales
Appointing Department: Welsh Government
Sector: Education
Location: Qualifications Wales, Q2 Building, Pencarn Lane, Imperial Park, Coedkernew, Newport, NP10 8AR
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: £282 per day based on a maximum time commitment of 36 days per year plus travel and other reasonable expenses within reasonable limits.
Time Requirements: 36 days a year (maximum) – not expected to be more than an average of 3 days per month.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/10/2020 at 16:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description



Under the Qualifications Wales Act 2015, Qualifications Wales became responsible for the regulation of awarding bodies and the quality assurance of non-degree qualifications delivered in Wales. Qualifications Wales, as an independent statutory body, is well placed to ensure that qualifications offered in Wales meet the needs of learners, employers and the economy.

Qualifications Wales is the principal authority on qualifications in Wales and provides professional advice to the Welsh Ministers on relevant matters as well as information, advice and support to a wide range of stakeholders. It communicates the value of qualifications offered in Wales to stakeholders inside and outside of Wales.

Qualifications Wales is independent from the Welsh Government. It takes professional and autonomous decisions on qualifications. It leads on aspects of qualifications policy development. It reports to the National Assembly for Wales on how it has fulfilled and how it plans to fulfil its functions.


The body is a Welsh Government Sponsored Body and as such is accountable for the governance of public funds. However, Qualifications Wales is the independent regulator accountable for delivery of its functions to the National Assembly for Wales. The Board of Qualifications Wales has an independent Chair and between 8 and 10 non-executive members. The appointment process for the non-executive members is made in accordance with the Commissioner’s Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.

The Board’s Role

The role of the Board is to provide strong governance and effective leadership, to develop the strategic plan for Qualifications Wales and set challenging objectives. The Board promotes high standards of public accountability and upholds the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money. It ensures that Qualifications Wales’ activities are conducted efficiently and effectively and it monitors performance to ensure that the body fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets.

The Board has overarching governance arrangements and delegates its functions to officers through a scheme of delegation covering both financial and non-financial matters.

Role and responsibilities of the Board members 

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership, driving performance and hold the Body to account against its strategic and corporate plans;
  • Ensure propriety, regularity, economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the operation of the body;
  • Adhere to the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles);
  • Together with other Board members, ensure that the Body fulfils its statutory aims and objectives;
  • Be a champion for the organisation and its aims and objectives. Be a role model for both staff and stakeholders;
  • Work co-operatively to build relationships with all stakeholders including key Welsh Government Departments, particularly the Department for Education and Public Services;
  • Have an understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of public life; and
  • A clear understanding and commitment to equality and diversity and a willingness to challenge discriminatory practices.

Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

  • the ability to bring fresh ideas to discussions on both strategic and practical issues outside of your areas of expertise;
  • the ability to oversee, direct and/or make decisions in the face of political or financial uncertainty;
  • the ability and experience to scrutinise our work to ensure that any reforms to qualifications are manageable, engaging and designed to meet the intended vision;
  • a wide understanding of education issues in Wales. This knowledge may have been gained in any walk of life, including community involvement, voluntary work or professional background;
  • An appreciation of the work of Qualifications Wales and its work with stakeholders.;
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of public life (Nolan Principles); and
  • A clear understanding and commitment to equality and diversity and a willingness to challenge discriminatory practices.


Expertise in the following areas is required – drawn from any industry sector:

  • Regulation – expertise in regulating rather than being regulated (at least one post)
  • Assessment – expertise in the theory and application of assessment and quality assurance (at least two posts)
  • Business management – private sector expertise (at least one post)

Additional Information

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing bilingual capabilities in public appointments in Wales, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh.  The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the recruiting body of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.


Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding

Can write basic messages on everyday topics

Can understand parts of a basic conversation

Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
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