Vocational Qualification Day at MK College

Wed 08 Jul 2015

On Thursday 9th July Milton Keynes College will be celebrating the achievements of this year’s students who have completed their work-related studies with Vocational Qualification Day.

The event will take place at the College’s Bletchley Campus, where the occasion coincides with a planned taster day, where students set to start in September are provided with an opportunity to sample everything on offer at the College.

On the day, students will display examples of their work and employer engagement from throughout the year before taking part in a presentation event to mark the completion of their courses.

There will also be student-led musical performances, providing a colourful party atmosphere to the occasion. In addition, the College will also be hosting a celebration event at its Chaffron Way campus.

MK College CEO and Principal Dr Julie Mills first called for the celebratory event to mark VQ Day last year in her personal blog and as a result she is looking forward to this year’s dedicated occasion. She said: “Everyone at Milton Keynes College is looking forward with anticipation to sharing the moment of success with our vocational learners.

“Throughout the year, our students apply themselves above and beyond their limitations to develop their skills and prepare them for their future careers. We see VQ Day as the perfect opportunity to shout louder about that effort and endeavour so that our local community and the wider world can understand how rigorous vocational qualifications are and the level of ability required to achieve them.

“Above all else, VQ Day should be a celebration of the bright, energetic and creative people that we have the privilege of working with and the talents they are developing.”

With employers placing increasing value on the merits of vocational qualifications according to a recent survey, there could be no better time to celebrate the achievements of learners gaining knowledge, skills and behaviours that match business needs.

Approximately 50% of learners studying at Level 3 (equivalent to A-Levels), are currently taking vocational qualifications, a figure that has been steadily rising with more and more students seeking training that will prepare them for their future careers.

While GCSE and A-Level results day are well-known events in the academic calendar, VQ Day continues to grow in terms of reputation and awareness. By holding a dedicated day of celebration for learners studying vocational qualifications, MK College is hoping to continue to raise the profile of such certifications and their students.

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