The outdoor sector of industry has good standards and national vocational qualifications developed by employers but far too few are used, principally because of the inappropriately excessive quality assurance and funding restrictions that go with them. They are both candidate and employer-unfriendly.
The barriers to vocational education are well understood, but of the many letters I have written to authorities to seek discussions, few are acknowledged. It is disheartening for employers to invest effort in developing standards and qualifications, only to have their use thwarted by the "one-size-fits-all" system.
Dr KB Everard
Chair, development training employers group
Institute for Outdoor Learning
2 Fern Grove
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire