Employers back diploma

27th July 2007 at 01:00
Employers are getting behind the new work-related 14-19 diploma qualifications, the Government said this week. British Gas and JCB were announced as being among the supporters of the engineering diploma as Ed Balls, the Children, Schools and Families Secretary, visited London South Bank university to promote the new qualification. It will be central to a partnership with schools and colleges in Southwark and Lambeth, which will be among the first to offer diploma courses from September 2008. Mr Balls said: "I'm confident that when people study the draft [diploma] content now available, they will see how far we've come in developing a real, credible alternative for all young people." Engineering is one of five diploma subjects being offered in selected areas. Vital diploma programme, page 22

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