Vocational days

24th August 2007 at 01:00
Fforwm, the association of colleges in Wales, was delighted to read Iain Mackinnon's call for a vocational qualifications day (FE Focus, August 17). We agree and have already put the idea into action. On August 9, a week before the A-level results were published, Fforwm co-ordinated Wales's first Vocational Results (VR) day.

We were grateful for the support of Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, and John Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Skills, and to the television and press especially to TES Cymru for publicising VR day.

Fforwm is proud that colleges in Wales have led the way in this event. Students completing vocational courses deserve to be congratulated, so we welcome the idea of a UK-wide event to celebrate these students' achievements.

We now look forward to working closely with the Welsh Assembly government in the coming year to build on the success of VR Day 2007, and to establish a day of celebration once a year every year for vocational students across Wales. They deserve it. And VR day may go some way towards giving vocational qualifications the status they deserve and our economy needs.

John Graystone

Chief Executive,

Fforwm

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