Two surveys are polls apart

17th March 2006 at 00:00
Five years after the creation of the Learning and Skills Council and the start of the skills revolution, we still don't know whether business people even understand vocational qualifications.

An FE Focus report on March 3, "NVQs fail to impress firms", said only 45 per cent of firms had any "useful understanding" of the qualifications, set up in consultation with employers.

The source of the story was a survey commissioned by the Department for Evasion and Spin.

But lo, then came more research... this time claiming business people are not so ignorant after all: a hastily bashed out press release in the aftermath of our story said an Institute of Directors' study had shown that two thirds of directors were indeed "familiar with the range of vocational qualifications in their sector".

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