Brooks Newmark is supporting the launch of the second annual VQ Day - the nationwide day to celebrate vocational achievement - and is encouraging local colleges and learning providers to get involved too. Brooks Newmark is supporting the launch of the second annual VQ Day - the nationwide day to celebrate vocational achievement - and is encouraging local colleges and learning providers to get involved too.
VQ Day 2009 will be held on the 24th June to recognise the success of millions of vocational learners around the UK in the past year.
Last year, research by the independent education foundation Edge to coincide with the inaugural VQ Day, found that over 3,250,000 vocational qualifications were awarded in the preceding 12 months. A new report will be released in June to highlight this year's results and the changing vocational landscape.
The day will be marked by events held at colleges and learning providers across the country - with national events in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Brooks said, "Vocational qualifications are hugely important to the British economy, as well as bringing myriad benefits to the local community. I am pleased that VQ Day gives learners who have chosen the vocational route the recognition they deserve and I wholeheartedly congratulate those who will be gaining a VQ this year. I do hope that colleges, learners and employers throughout Braintree, Witham and the surrounding villages will join in with the celebrations on 24th June."
Plans for the Day are being led by Edge, and are supported by the wider education community, including examination boards, employers' organisations, the Association of Colleges and the Association of Learning Providers.
Colleges, learning providers and employers around the country are urged to get involved. An action pack is available for colleges and learning providers to download from www.vqday.org in order for them to hold their own VQ Day celebrations.
Andy Powell, chief executive of Edge, commented:
"Millions of people will gain a vocational qualification this year that will be the stepping stone to a brighter future, be that further vocational study or university, a better job or enhanced skills. VQ Day celebrates this achievement and the many paths to success taken by learners of all ages. I hope the whole country, and all political parties, will once again get behind VQ Day and join the celebrations."
A roll call of vocational success has been established on the VQ Day website for past and present vocational learners to log on and add their name to the list. Colleges can also nominate learners for the VQ Hero Awards, by downloading a VQ Hero nomination form. One VQ 'Learner' and one 'Young Learner' in each region will be awarded the status of VQ Hero, with the national winners announced on 24th June.