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Vocational Education

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what impact he expects the launch of the 14 to 19 diplomas to have on the vocational qualifications available to the 14 to 19 age group. (135143)

[holding answer 3 May 2007]: In September 2008 the Diplomas will only be available on a limited basis across the country. Other vocational qualifications will continue to be available and schools and colleges will be able to choose what to offer to young people. The impact of the introduction of diplomas on other vocational qualifications therefore will be determined by the choices that schools, colleges and ultimately young people make. We expect young people to increasingly choose a diploma or apprenticeship rather than one of the other vocational qualifications available to them, except where those vocational qualifications are part of a diploma, as we build up to the national entitlement from 2013. Our aim, as set out in the 14 to 19 White Paper, has always been to achieve a clearer set of choices for young people, each one leading to a recognised and valued qualification.