Every year, thousands of learners study for vocational qualifications; these practical, rigorous courses are the stepping stones that will set them on the path to fulfilling careers suited to their talents and ambitions. Not only that, they are the glue that will hold our future economy together and allow it to thrive and grow.
The UKCES Employer Skills Survey released earlier this year, highlighted the fact that although job vacancies are returning to pre-recession levels, many employers are still finding it hard to recruit people with the right skills. The survey of over 90,000 employers also highlights that the most commonly cited reason for education leavers of all types being poorly prepared for work was that the new recruits lacked experience of the working world or experience of life in general. This is where high quality vocational qualifications come into their own.