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Why choose a vocational route to work

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GCSEs and A Levels are the most well-known qualifications taken in school and college, however many students choose a vocational route or a mix of both academic and vocational.

Vocational qualifications are designed to lead to a job, an area of employment and/or further study. They can be an attractive option to help prepare you for the world of work and a particular job or job sector.

Vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships are not just for plumbers, builders and hairdressers, but also for accountants, graphic designers, IT specialists, scientists, and a wide range of other professions. Vocational qualifications can help you prepare for a very specific job or give you a broad overview of a job sector.

From September 2014, some existing vocational qualifications will have new names and be called:

The new qualifications have been validated by employers and universites as good qualifications that will lead to real jobs and progression opportunities.

What are the benefits?

Vocational qualifications are designed to meet the specific needs of employers and job sectors. This means that you will develop the skills and knowledge employers value, enabling you to become an effective employee and helping the organisation to succeed.

Studying for a vocational qualification can help you decide whether a particular job or job sector is right for you.

For more information speak to a Careers Advisor or explore free websites that will Help you choose your post 16 options.

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