It’s nomination time again for this year’s VQ awards, which recognise talented vocational learners, teachers and employers.

There are three categories: schools, colleges and learning providers can nominate outstanding students who have gained or are working towards a vocational qualification for the Learner of the Year Award, vocational education teachers can be nominated for Teacher of the Year, while businesses that promote vocational qualifications can be nominated for the Employer of the Year Award.

The annual ceremony was established by education charity, the Edge Foundation, in 2008 and is this year supported by singer-songwriter Kate Nash as an ambassador.

VQ Awards ambassador Kate Nash
VQ Awards ambassador Kate Nash

The 27-year-old star, who has a vocational diploma in drama, says: “University is definitely not the only option open to ambitious teenagers.

“There are alternatives to suit different career paths, whatever they may be, and I strongly challenge the elitists that think VQs don’t offer the same opportunities as traditional more academic routes.”

The deadline for submissions is May 1. To enter visit

Main pic: VQ Awards 2014 winners

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