Students to celebrate vocational success

19th June 2009 4:30pm - Return to press releases

Students at East Riding College will on June 24 join in the national celebration of vocational qualifications during the second annual VQ Day.
VQ Day has been organised in a bid to raise the profile of vocational qualifications and celebrate the success of students taking such courses.
Led by Edge, the education foundation, it is supported by celebrities who have taken vocational qualifications and key organisations in industry. 

Celebrity chef James Martin, who enrolled on a vocational catering course aged 16, is supporting this year's VQ Day.
He said: "At long last, vocational learners are getting the opportunity to stand up and say that they're proud of their achievements.
"For far too long, vocational qualifications have been seen as the poor relation to their academic counterparts, and I'm glad to be part of the move to change this.
"On June 24, I'll be celebrating VQ Day - a UK-wide celebration recognising the achievements of vocational learners and the colleges and learning providers that help people achieve their success."

East Riding College Principal Derek Branton said: "The past few years have seen a growing recognition of vocational education as people increasingly understand the benefits of learning real work-related skills.
"I would like to congratulate all our students on their achievements this year and wish them the best of luck for the future, whether they are going on to further study or directly into work." 

Every year, East Riding College welcomes more than 1,500 students on full-time vocational courses, such as art and design, business, hairdressing, engineering, IT, construction, sport and travel and tourism.
The courses give them the practical experience and knowledge they need to go straight into work and the credits they need to go on to university.
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