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Vocational skills 'crucial to economy'.

Byline: DAVID WHINYATES Special Correspondent

VOCATIONAL qualifications deserve the same accolades and level of recognition that academic qualifications receive. That is the reason why VQ Day was celebrated yesterday.

Vocational qualifications have never been more important to the economy and the individual.

They deliver the trained and talented employees that businesses are crying out for and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.

The government is investing in vocational routes, acknowledging their value. Now everyone should come together to recognise how high quality VQs can enhance life and work chances.

Vocational qualifications are all about the world of work, across the full range of jobs, industries and professions.

They are all the qualifications that are not GCSEs and A-levels, which are known as academic or general qualifications.

This means that there are a number of different types of vocational qualifications.

These include professional body qualifications, a licence to practise in a particular job role, industry qualifications that demonstrate competence, an introduction to an industry such as engineering, preparation for the world of work and employability skills.

With vocational qualifications becoming of increasing importance both to prospective employees and employers, colleges operate a number of courses. West Midlands establishments are renowned for quality and are always available for advice.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 5, 2014
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