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Posted: 05/12/11

College ranks high for vocational achievements

Vision West Notts principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE has congratulated students for gaining vocational qualifications.

It comes as the college announced a 95% overall achievement rate for vocational qualifications studied last academic year (2010/11) – up 2% on the year before.

The college saw 6,611 learners achieve a range of BTEC, NVQ and professional qualifications in areas such as performing arts, childcare, hairdressing, health and social care, fashion and textiles, construction and sport science among others.

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

Courses ranged from entry-level to university-level, with more than half of the 461 programmes run by the college gaining 100% achievement rates from its learners.  Meanwhile, 88% of its programmes saw achievement rates at over 75%.

Mrs Khemka said: “The college has enjoyed great success in recent months; first with our best-ever achievement rates for A Levels and GCSEs and now our vocational students have demonstrated equally high standards.

“Vocational learning equips people of all ages with the practical skills for the world of work combined with essential theory that underpins their knowledge of the subject. 

“This approach to learning not only prepares students for further study or a springboard into their chosen careers, it also enables existing employees to develop the skills needed to achieve continued success in the workplace.”

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 gain+- hands-on practical skills as well as learning the theory and developing the knowledge needed to be regarded as a skilled professional.