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Recruitment: Vocational Paper gets thumbs-up

Both the IMI and ReMIT have broadly welcomed the Government’s new education White Paper for 14- to 19-year-olds, which raises the status of vocational courses.

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.”

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