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Catering students celebrate VQ Day

Thursday 5 June 2014

On Wednesday 4 June, catering students celebrated Vocational Qualifications (VQ) Day by using their skills to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support and Shooting Stars Chase Children's Hospice.

The VRQ level 2 students baked over 150 delicious cupcakes for the occasion, skilfully decorating them in the colours of the charities and raising £150 in sales and donations. Ingredients for the cakes were funded by the College's Student Services department.

"Today was a wonderful team effort from the level 2 catering students that not only raised a fantastic amount of money for two worthy causes, but also showcased the skills that studying a vocational qualification has given the group," said Emma Myers, Personal Tutor for catering, travel & tourism and vocational skills at the College. "We're immensely proud of all their hard work and thank them for creating such delicious cupcakes that were enjoyed by students and staff across the College."

Richmond upon Thames College has 100s of students currently studying vocational qualifications in subjects such as engineering, construction, health & social care, media, business, art & design, catering, music, IT, child care, travel and tourism, performing arts and sport & exercise. Many of these outstanding students either progress onto university or enter the world of work; providing the trained, talented employees businesses are looking for. In 2013, the College's VQ students achieved a 100% pass rate in 35 vocational subjects, gaining 83 overall distinctions at level 3.

VQ Day is a national celebration of vocational qualifications for students, teachers and employers. It shines a light on and recognises the millions of talented and skilled people throughout the UK who are awarded VQs. It was launched in 2008 to raise the status of practical and vocational learning and celebrate vocational achievement.

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