Milton Abbey School is holding a new event, the Future of Vocational Learning Conference on Thursday 5 November and is pleased to announce the Vice Chancellor of the Arts University Bournemouth, Stuart Bartholomew CBE, as the conference’s main guest speaker.

Alongside talks from Stuart Bartholomew and presentations by the School’s Head of Sixth Form and BTEC subject leaders, attendees will also have the chance to experience a working BTEC lesson.

A full programme for the conference is available on request. To register to attend, please contact Diana Morant, Director of Admissions and Marketing via admissions@miltonabbey.co.uk / 01258 882182.

Milton Abbey’s Headmaster, Magnus Bashaarat, comments, “The conference will highlight what I believe is one of the most important issues in education today – the role of vocational learning and qualifications in today’s job market.” He continues, “Whilst A Levels remain an important pathway into the world of work, employers are increasingly seeking young people with industry-specific skill sets who are ready for the modern workplace.”

The recent Graduate Employment Survey found that 22% of employers rate qualifications as an important factor when recruiting versus a staggering 88% who instead rate a candidates’ skillset, meaning that those studying vocational courses can position themselves one step ahead due to their industry-specific experience.  This is something that Arts University Bournemouth works to – a distinct ‘Maker’ culture, where students see the practical applications of everything they do.

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