pre-vocational education

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A course designed to prepare pupils and students aged 14–19 for eventual entry to a programme of specific vocational training which will lead to a skills qualification. Such pre‐vocational provision—of which the short‐lived Certificate of Pre‐Vocational Education, developed in response to an initiative from the Department of Education and Science, and introduced in 1983 for 16–18‐year‐olds who had left the schooling system with few qualifications, is an instructive example—usually provides the student with some limited experience in a chosen vocational area, together with a curriculum which emphasizes the acquisition of the key skills: communication, numeracy, and information communication technology. The term is little used now, since the curriculum model and format underpinning it was incorporated first into General National Vocational Qualifications (1993) and then again into parts of the 14–19 Diploma (2007). As originally conceived, pre‐vocational education was targeted at those students who were not expected to progress to Advanced Level study or to higher education, but who were expected to leave school at 16 and seek employment. It was intended not only to help them to gain the key transferable skills they would require, but also to make an informed vocational choice. To some extent the role of such courses has become redundant as fewer and fewer school‐leavers expect to enter the workforce without first gaining higher qualifications of some kind.

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