Vocational qualifications underpin a wide range of departmental programmes such as apprenticeships and traineeships and are delivered in a range of educational settings including further education colleges, training organisations, businesses and schools.
This consultation seeks to present you with a set of underpinning principles that the Department believes are required to ensure that vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland:
- continue to support our employer-led and high-quality departmental programmes and initiatives;
- support delivery of our Skills Strategy and our 10x vision for economic growth;
- provide appropriate learner pathways at all stages that are valued by all key stakeholders including employers, parents, learners, educators and policymakers both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere; and
- can adapt to market changes and unexpected events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.