VQ Day


Held on the 10th June 2015, VQ Day is an annual event that aims to celebrate the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning, not only to the individual but also to their communities. From 16-year-olds to those over 60, VQ day celebrates the acquisition of new skills and encourages uptake of high quality vocational courses. 

Vocational qualifications can be highly valuable to learners – whether that’s within their current or future careers or as a platform for Further Education. Only by celebrating high quality technical, practical and vocational learning will we ensure that young people have opportunities for:

•                Further study such as University or further VQs

•                Greater job prospects and relevant career options

•                Enhanced skills/knowledge

•                Higher pay

•                The motivation and inspiration to help drive forward the UK        economy

 David Harbourne, acting CEO of the Edge Foundation, says: “VQ Day is an opportunity to celebrate vocational achievement. This year we have revitalised the awards to celebrate not only the successes of VQ learners and employers, but also to recognise vocational education teachers and trainers who have inspired and helped their learners to gain the technical, practical and work-related skills to get the edge in their chosen careers.”




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VQ days and the awards is hosted by the Edge Foundation, an independent education charity. It is dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning. They believe all young people should have the opportunity to achieve their potential and the UK's future workforce needs to be equipped with the skills to be successful in the modern, global economy.  Edge believes that ‘learning by doing’ should be valued equally with academic learning and that all learners should experience a mix of both.  There are many paths to success.

For more information about VQ Day and the VQ Awards, please visit     www.vqday.org.uk

For more information about the Edge Foundation, please visit                                     www.edge.co.uk 

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