What’s your vocation? We're celebrating VQ Day
Pitman Training is famous for its practical, skills focused training courses and that’s why centres all over the UK are supporting the launch of VQ Day. VQ Day has been created to raise public awareness about the value of all vocational and work focused qualifications.
The first ever VQ Day, takes place on 23 July 2008 and is organised by educational foundation Edge. As well as a national launch event in London, the Day will also see the publication of a report into the vocational qualifications landscape.
Claire Lister, managing director of Pitman Training Group said; “Sadly, less than half (44 per cent) of the population agree that vocational qualifications are as important as A-Levels. The organisers of VQ day, educational foundation Edge, hope that the Day will counter the prejudice that exists in our country about vocational qualifications.”
"But we know just how much value can be gained from practical, work focused skills such as those delivered at Pitman Training centres throughout the UK. As well as training which is of real value to prospective employers, people who achieve our certificates and diplomas gain enormously in terms of confidence and self-esteem,” says Claire.
The experienced training team at Pitman Training centres work with people of all ages and from all backgrounds, helping them to develop new skills, fulfil their career ambitions and get maximum enjoyment from their working life. Subjects range from basic computing and keyboard skills to advanced secretarial diplomas, accounting and even web design.
“Every year millions of people across the country study for and gain a vocational qualification, leading to further vocational study or university, better jobs and enhanced skills. However, despite these clear benefits, vocational qualifications still do not enjoy the prestige of their more academic counterparts. The launch of VQ Day is just one step in starting to put this right,” continues Claire.
A roll call of vocational success has been established online at www.vqday.org, with all learners past and present invited to add their name to the list of people across the UK who have gained a vocational qualification. In addition, honorary vocational qualifications will be awarded on VQ Day to ‘VQ Heroes’ who embody vocational success.
For more information about VQ Day, visit www.vqday.org.