England: Aquaculture employers' views sought on diploma – Fishupdate.com

England: Aquaculture employers’ views sought on diploma Published:  01 August, 2006

FROM September 2009, a qualification designed by aquaculture employers will be available to 14 to 19 year olds throughout England.

The Land-based and Environmental Specialised Diploma offers employers a rare opportunity to influence the content and structure of a national qualification. It will ensure that young people have the essential knowledge, capabilities and personal skills that employers need, giving them a fast track into their chosen career.

The development of the Land-based and Environmental Specialised Diploma is being led by Lantra, the Sector Skills Council. A consultation is now underway and Lantra is urging employers working in the aquaculture industry to have their say. To get involved, all you have to do is visit the new Land-based and Environmental Diploma website – www.diplomalbe.co.uk – and complete a short questionnaire. You can also sign up for the latest news on developments and be kept informed on new areas of consultation.

Peter Martin, Lantra Chief Executive, said: “The exciting thing about this new diploma is that it is designed by industry, ensuring that it is in line with employers’ needs. It will give young people a real understanding of the practical skills and knowledge required to work in aquaculture and help provide a steady flow of young recruits with the skills and attitude for work in the sector.”

Lantra is also working closely with five partner Sector Skills Councils to ensure complete coverage of the industry sector. These are Improve (food), People 1st (hospitality), Skills Active (sport and leisure), Energy and Utility Skills and Construction Skills Ltd.

For further information and to pass on your views please call 0845 707 8007 or e-mail info@diplomalbe.co.uk. Further information about the Specialised Diploma is available on www.diplomalbe.co.uk

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