Vocational training has had a long history in the education system in Northern Ireland, helping individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career.
Recent research conducted by Edexcel has clearly demonstrated that vocational education delivers. In a recent telephone survey of 4,000 learners, one third of men (35%) and 29% of women indicated that they had got a better job, while 18% of men and 12% of women indicated that they had received a promotion. 50% of men said that following the completion of the course or training, they had achieved better job security; had improved future pay and promotion prospects; and were now undertaking a job with greater responsibilities.
Local people have shared their stories of how vocational education has helped them get promoted, retrain in a new career, and get back into education to further their ambitions.
Vocational training plays a vital role in preparing people for the work environment through hands-on learning, offering local employers with appropriately skilled and trained people who can drive the UK economy forward; a great way to showcase how high level VQs contribute to learners, businesses and society.
For anyone considering a new career path, part-time professional cookery student Annette Grant is a great inspiration. The 39-year old from Ballymartin, is currently retraining from a registered childminder to a chef!
Annette said: “I always wanted to be a chef and have come to SERC for a career change. I love the hands-on approach to learning and the flexibility that part-time study offers.’ Although I was busy working, the work involved with my courses was quite manageable.”
SERC offers a vast selection of full-time, part-time, higher education vocational courses including BTEC’s, Apprenticeships, HNC’s and HNDs. For more information please or to enrol please visit our website atwww.serc.ac.uk call our enrolment hotline 0845 600 7555 or come along to our part-time open day on 13 June from 4pm-8pm.