Employers sign up to embed vocational qualifications

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Some of the UK’s top employers have joined a nationwide campaign to embed vocational qualifications (VQs) and learning into the future of British businesses.

Organisations including BAE Systems, Cisco, The De Vere Academy, Mitchells & Butlers, EDF Energy Whitbread, Graphite Resources and Astra Zeneca have signed a 12 month commitment to encourage and support vocational learning in the local community.

Their commitment includes:

  •  To provide project and/or coursework materials to local schools/colleges/training providers
  • To offer work placements to 16-18 year olds
  •  To give employees an opportunity to talk at a local school/college/learning provider and offer mentoring, deliver a workshop or provide advice on interview techniques
  • To host a breakfast meeting with local schools/colleges/learning providers and discuss working relationships and the needs of the local market

Peter Mitchell, Interim CEO of Edge, said: "Vocational qualifications have never been more important to the economy; they deliver trained, talented employees and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.  Commitment from UK employers is vital for those studying VQs."

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