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Collaboration between schools and colleges brings achievements - Ruane

16 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane congratulated students who took part in the Vocational Enhancement Programme (VEP) at the Southern Regional College.

As guest of honour, Ms Ruane presented awards to 19 VEP students who had the opportunity to access applied/vocational courses through their schools, in collaboration with the College.

Speaking after the ceremony, the Minister said:

"There can be no greater illustration of the benefits of collaboration across education than the success of these young people present here. Together they demonstrate how excellence can be achieved when organisations work together in the interest of education for our young people.

"I am determined that every young person will be able to choose from a wide range of courses, both applied/vocational and general/academic. This is why all schools from 2013 will have to deliver the Entitlement Framework. I believe that all young people should have equality of access to both academic and vocational courses

"Congratulations to all the students on their achievements. These are just a small number of the many thousands of pupils who have benefited from the new opportunities that collaboration between the school and FE sector has created and I believe that we are only starting to tap this potential." ENDS


  • The Vocational Enhancement Programme is one of two support programmes ( the School Collaboration Programme being the other), which aim to test and refine models of effective collaborative working and disseminate good practice as a precursor to the introduction of the full Entitlement Framework (EF).
  • The EF will guarantee all post primary pupils aged14 and above greater choice and flexibility by providing them with access to a wide range of learning opportunities suited to their needs, aptitudes and interests, irrespective of where they live or the school they attend.
  • The target date for the full implementation of the Entitlement Framework is September 2013. From that date, schools will be required to provide pupils with access to a minimum number of courses at Key Stage 4 (current target 24) and a minimum number of courses at post-16 (current target 27).

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