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Posted: 16/12/10

College sees continued qualifications success

West Nottinghamshire College principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE has praised students for gaining vocational qualifications.

It comes as the college announced a 93% overall achievement rate for vocational qualifications studied last academic year (2009/10).

The college saw 7,404 learners achieve a range of BTEC, NVQ and professional qualifications last year in areas such as performing arts, childcare, hairdressing, health and social care, fashion and textiles, construction, and sport science among others.

These included students based at the college on full and part-time courses, as well as employees of local, regional and national companies who studied in their workplace.

Courses ranged from entry to university-level, with almost half of the 86 programmes run by the college gaining a 100% achievement rate from its learners.

Mrs Khemka said: “Vocational qualifications equip people with those all-important practical skills combined with essential theory. They can give students a route to a rewarding career, prepare them for further study at college or university or help employees boost their prospects at work.

“I’m proud that so many of our learners have achieved their desired qualifications, which clearly reflects interest in their chosen subject and pride in their work.”

A vocational qualification is a recognised qualification at any level relating to a particular line of work or specific job role such as BTECs, NVQs, Apprenticeships, HNDs and HNCs.  This type of qualification enables students to get hands-on practical skills as well as learning the theory and developing the knowledge needed to be regarded as a skilled professional.