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Test drive vocational qualifications in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Llanelli

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 01, 2013

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A DAY celebrating vocational qualifications will give people the chance to try them out.

National VQ Day — Wednesday, June 5 — aims to give young people a chance to have a go at a range of activities.

Interactive demonstrations have been organised in Port Talbot, Swansea and Llanelli.

Wales's Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert said: "One of my priorities since being appointed Deputy Minister has been to ensure that vocational qualifications are recognised alongside academic qualifications for their value to the individual and society.

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"That is why, following an independent review of qualifications, the Welsh Government is already taking steps to ensure that vocational qualifications remain relevant, valued and fit for the future.

"I hope that this year's VQ Day will inspire even more individuals to consider a vocational pathway to success, further cementing the position of vocational qualifications at the heart of our economy and national life."

The South West Wales Regional Learning Partnership will be providing hands-on opportunities.

Coleg Sir Gar and JTL Training are teaming up at St Elli Shopping Centre, Llanelli to provide ' activities including engineering, computing using robots, carpentry, making bird and trinket boxes, electrics and plumbing.

Gower College Swansea and Life Long Learning and Employment Training Service will team up at Oxford Street, Swansea, to encourage visitors to have a go at catering, hair and beauty, making hanging baskets, brickwork and marbling and childcare, using virtual babies.

Neath Port Talbot College will give visitors a chance to have a go at plastering, plumbing, child care, horticulture, sport, hair and beauty at Aberavon Shopping Centre.

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