Awards marking vocational study calls for entrants

Antoine Coevoet ENGSUS00120130612132248
Antoine Coevoet ENGSUS00120130612132248

Eastbourne residents are being urged to nominate students, teachers and employers for a national award.

The VQ Awards were established by the Edge Foundation in 2008 to recognise top vocational talent and celebrates individuals who promote and embrace the value of technical, practical and vocational qualifications.

There are three award categories including VQ Learner of the Year, VQ Employer of the Year and VQ Teacher of the Year. For the VQ Learner of the Year Award, schools, colleges and learning providers are asked to nominate outstanding students who have gained or are working towards a vocational qualification. Winners will be selected from nine regions and invited to the London awards ceremony on June 9 where an overall winner will be chosen.

Last year’s winner, Antoine Coevoet, completed a brickwork vocational course at Sussex Downs College. He said, “I was thrilled to be chosen as the South East regional winner for the VQ Learner of the Year Award 2014. Completing a vocational qualification gave me the skills and drive to pursue my career and recognised my hard work. There are so many different training opportunities to choose from and I would highly recommend vocational learning to others.”

Businesses are being encouraged to enter for the VQ Employer of the Year Award, while vocational education teachers can also be nominated for the VQ Teacher of the Year Award, recognising the teachers and trainers who help learners gain skills, experience, qualifications and motivation through a vocational pathway.

The deadline for submissions is May 1. For more information or to enter, visit www.vqday.org.uk/vq-awards.

There are so many different training opportunities to choose from and I would highly recommend vocational learning to others.

Antoine Coevoet, last year’s winner