The importance of vocational skills
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The importance of vocational skills

The majority of workers with NVQ and BTEC qualifications will already be aware of the many benefits their hard work at earning the qualification brings to them. However, a recent study has shown that increasing numbers of employers also agree that vocational skills and qualifications are just as important as academic qualifications.

Of course, it’s widely known that many people avoid common academic subjects such as mathematics, sciences or law because they don’t like exams or have no interest in the subject. However, there has long been snobbery about the alternatives, especially in terms of vocational qualifications, despite the fact that many of these come with real-world experience as well as actual studying time.

However, the results of this latest study are sure to not only please the many people fighting to get their qualifications and experience recognised but also the many people doing HR jobs Hampshire who find themselves defending the value of these qualifications.

Three-quarters of employers

The study, undertaken by the Edge Foundation and City & Guilds, showed that for the first time up to three quarters of employers now see vocational qualifications as being just as good as their academic alternative.

In fact, many described NVQ’s and the like as being essential for improving skills and preparing young people for work.

After polling 1,000 businesses, the survey concluded that many employers actually feel, in addition to the value of the vocational qualifications, that more young people should be made aware that these have value in the working world.

A better alternative

Of those businesses questioned, 78% felt that young people who wished to avoid the typical academic round needed a better alternative whilst 83% said they believed that young people needed to have more advice as to the many options they had.

The research was backed up by City & Guilds CEO Chris Jones who described the current academic system was “failing young people” who were not prepared for the working world.

City & Guilds are among a number of institutions who believe society places too much value on academic qualifications leaving those who do not wish to pursue this course of learning feeling that their work is undervalued.

Mr Jones went on to discuss how many of the business owners he spoke to were “crying out” for people with the qualifications and experience to “add value to businesses” and believes that vocational qualifications may be the key to this.