First National Celebration of Vocational Qualifications Launched

June 13, 2008 10:12 AM

Tom Brake MP is supporting the launch of VQ Day on the 23rd July 2008 - the first nationwide day to celebrate vocational success - and is encouraging local colleges, schools and learning providers to get involved.

VQ Day was launched at a Parliamentary reception on April 23rd. 'VQ Day' has been created to raise public awareness about the value of vocational qualifications. VQ Day, will be marked by a national event in London, as well as regional events held by colleges and learning providers around the country. The Day will also see the publication of a report into the vocational qualifications landscape.

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said:

"The launch of VQ Day highlights the importance of vocational learning. A vocational qualification can set people up for life and it is high time that the hard work of colleges, students and employers is recognised nationally in this way."

Andy Powell, CEO of Edge also hopes the Day will counter the prejudice which sees less than half (44 per cent) of the population agree that vocational qualifications are as important as A-Levels:

"Every year millions of people across the country study for and gain a vocational qualification, leading to further vocational study or university, better jobs and enhanced skills. However, despite these clear benefits, vocational qualifications sadly do not enjoy the prestige of their more academic counterparts. The launch of VQ Day is just one step in starting to put this right."

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