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Careers and Work Related Experience (CWRE)

Learning about CWRE is fundamental to developing skills for work and life. This helps students to understand the relationship between their learning and the world of work.

Our curriculum enables students to gain experiences related to work and careers, developing knowledge of the breadth of opportunities available to them throughout their lives. This learning can help them make informed decisions about their career pathways. The four purposes and the integral skills that support them are central to preparing students for careers and work. These support students to be resilient, creative and ambitious, requiring them to solve problems, engage with different information and work independently. This will help prepare them to respond to the opportunities and challenges of a changing economic reality.


CWRE is embedded across the areas of learning and experience (Areas). It is supported by a wide range of relevant work-related learning experiences and environments. 

Why CWRE is important?

CWRE enables students to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for the challenges and opportunities of further learning and the ever-evolving world of work. CWRE contributes towards students’ realisation of the four purposes of the Curriculum for Wales.

It inspires students to:

  • develop an understanding of the purpose of work in life, both for themselves and for society as a whole

  • become increasingly aware of the range of opportunities available to them, broadening their horizons

  • develop the attitudes and behaviours required to overcome barriers to employability, career management and lifelong learning

  • appreciate the increasing range of opportunities in the workplace where an ability to communicate in Welsh is important

  • explore opportunities through a variety of meaningful experiences in learning, work and entrepreneurship

  • develop resilience and the ability to be adaptable in response to the challenges, choices and responsibilities of work and life

Students begin to appreciate the importance of using skills integral to the four purposes within careers and work-related experiences. This learning will progress to enable them to appreciate how their contributions can benefit not only themselves but also the future prosperity of their communities, Wales and the wider world.

There are a number of skills that are integral to the four purposes:

  • Creativity and innovation

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving

  • Personal effectiveness

  • Planning and organising

  • Literacy

  • Numeracy

  • Digital Competence

CWRE is being developed across the curriculum for students to explore and understand the world of work in developmentally appropriate contexts. CWRE provides real-world learning and experiences that support students in developing their skills and applying their knowledge and understanding within all the Areas. 

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