Graham Stuart, the MP for Beverley and Holderness, is lending his support to the fifth annual VQ Day – a celebration of the millions of people gaining vocational qualifications across the country every year – and encouraging local colleges, schools, businesses and learning providers to get involved.
VQ Day 2012 will be held on Wednesday 20th June to recognise the value of vocational qualifications and celebrate vocational achievement. The day will be marked by events held at colleges, schools, businesses and learning providers across the UK, including award ceremonies and open days. National events will also be held in London, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Graham said, “Vocational qualifications provide huge benefits to the UK economy by improving the skills and career prospects of young people. In its fifth year, VQ Day 2012 will highlight the increasing importance of vocational qualifications while celebrating the millions of people who achieve them every year. I encourage colleges, schools, learners and employers throughout Beverley and Holderness to join the celebrations on Wednesday 20th June.”
Plans for VQ Day are being led by independent education foundation Edge, and are supported by the wider vocational education community including examination boards, employers’ organisations, the Association of Colleges and the Association of Learning Providers.
Jan Hodges, CEO of Edge, added, “Our economy relies heavily on people who carry real practical industry knowledge and skills. Vocational qualifications play a significant and indispensible role in our society and are crucial in building so many UK businesses. Vocational courses offer progression to further and higher education, and a chance for real success for millions of people.”
For more information on VQ Day, and to download an action pack, please visit www.vqday.org.uk.