Join in VQ Day taster sessions

3rd June 2013 5:23pm - Return to press releases

Students from East Riding College are taking part in a “job swap” this week as part of a national celebration of vocational qualifications.

The event will see learners changing roles to try out subjects and activities they would not normally experience.
The swap will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) as part of the sixth annual VQ Day, which aims to recognise the millions of talented and skilled people throughout the UK who are awarded vocational qualifications.
It will see, for example, health care students swapping with joiners and TV and films learners swapping with childcare students.

Melanie Brown, guidance services manager at the College, said: “We encourage students to study subjects that have traditionally not been popular with their gender and, for example, we have plenty of female engineers and male carers.
“Our VQ Day job swap is obviously a bit of fun bit it’s also about giving our learners a taste of what it’s like to study a very different subject to their chosen course.”

She added: “VQ Day is all about raising awareness of the importance of vocational qualifications, whether they are being studied by young people on leaving school or by adults in the workplace.
“Countless successful business people and captains of industry have taken the vocational route into work or university and we are aiming to raise awareness of this through VQ Day.”

Young people who are considering enrolling at College in September are also welcome to try these taster sessions. The sessions, all on Wednesday morning, are as follows:

  • St Mary’s Walk, Bridlington: Childcare, health and social care, joinery and TV and film
  • Gallows Lane, Beverley; Childcare and brickwork

If you would like to join in the sessions, please call 0845 120 0037 and ask for a guidance officer. Alternatively, email info@eastridingcollege.ac.uk