Six million vocational qualifications achieved in 2012

Figures released for VQ Day reveal an increase in people achieving vocational qualifications

05 June 2013 / Be the first to comment

It has been revealed that over six million vocational qualifications were achieved in 2012, a million more than the previous year. This encouraging news comes on VQ Day – an annual celebration of vocational achievement.

As part of these nationwide celebrations, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP has created a congratulatory digital message which has been sent out to thousands of people who are studying for a VQ or have indeed, been awarded one.

In addition, the National VQ Learner of the Year and VQ Employer of the Year awards were presented last night to 24-year-old Aaron Freeman from The Forest of Dean and Veolia Environment.

Speaking about VQ Day, Jan Hodges, CEO of the Edge Foundation, which leads the celebrations, said: ‘We recognise there are many paths to success and it is important that vocational qualifications can achieve equal weighting with other educational routes, which is why a celebration such as VQ Day is so important. It’s great to see so much growth in the number of people taking vocational qualifications in the workplace – a trend we want to see continue. It’s also important that the contribution to vocational learning being made by so many employers is recognised and celebrated – as they are truly helping their workforce get the edge in career development.’

As part of the VQ Day celebrations, City & Guilds is hosting a roundtable discussion during the day with the Edge Foundation and Business in the Community (BITC) to discuss how further education can lead to employment. Then, in the evening, City & Guilds will hold its annual Lion Awards celebration to recognise exceptional achievers from the world of vocational education. The ceremony will take place at London’s iconic Roundhouse.

Speaking about the event, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds Chris Jones said:

‘The Lion Awards ceremony really is the highlight of our year. It provides us with an excellent opportunity to recognise those who have seen success through learning, or have helped others succeed. By celebrating these achievements, we hope to showcase the amazing opportunities that vocational education can offer.'

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