From 2008, the Government will replace 3,500 existing vocational qualifications with 14 diplomas covering each skill sector. Each diploma will have three stages in a process designed to make vocational courses a true alternative to academic study.
The 2005 target is to have 28% of 16-21-year-olds in apprenticeships. By 2010, the aim is 35%, with improved retention rates.
“The launch of the White Paper represents a red letter day for learning and skills development in the retail motor sector,” says Sarah Sillars, chief executive of the IMI. “By offering a choice of clear learning progression from the age of 14, the Government’s commitment to vocational education is extremely positive.’
Stephen Ramsey, managing director of ReMIT, adds: “The White Paper reinforces the commitment to vocational training. We see great merit in that.”