A survey commissioned by education charity CVQO found that almost 9 in 10 employers feel vocational qualifications can be just as important as academic qualifications on a candidate’s CV.
The survey questioned managing directors, chief executives and senior managers of UK industries as well as 14 to 16-year-olds.
Employers saw vocational qualifications as a possible differentiator in job candidates and also felt that the ‘softer skills’ of communication and teamwork were vitally important. Spelling, grammar and numeracy were further down their list of priorities.
Among the young people questioned, 80 per cent believed that vocational qualifications could be just as important as academic ones on their CV, but only 44 per cent felt prepared for employment and wanted their school or college to include more vocational qualifications on the curriculum.