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A Special Focus on Specialised Diplomas for 14-19 Year Olds

Now employers may have access to young people with the right skills as Richard Mendez joins GoSkills as the new Standards and Qualifications Executive.

GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for passenger transport, has appointed Richard Mendez to oversee reforms to training and qualifications opportunities for 14-19 year olds. Richard comes to the post boasting a strong background in the field of 14-19 training and qualifications.

His previous experience includes his employment as the 14-19 Development Manager with Josiah Mason College in Birmingham, where he co-ordinated a partnership working between schools, colleges and the Government’s Connexions service. More recently, he has worked as a Research Officer with Lincoln University carrying out research into vocational qualifications for 14-19 year olds.

Pushing the 14 ““ 19 Agenda

Following GoSkills” consultation with sector employers and recommendations from the recent White Paper on 14-19 Education and Skills, Richard will seek to engage with other national agencies to drive forward work on qualifications and training for 14-19 year olds. He will also aim to assist in making sure that 14 ““ 19 year olds develop the right skills to make them attractive to potential employers.

His work portfolio includes working with other SSC’s and relevant agencies to advance the new specialised diplomas for young people in Engineering and in Travel and Tourism.

GoSkills” Director of Workforce Development, Vicki Ball, said: “I am delighted at Richard’s induction in our team. His experience of partnership working will be invaluable in developing the new 14-19 diplomas. Forging effective partnerships between employers, schools and colleges will be critical in developing the right training and qualifications for young people and preparing them for work in the passenger transport sector.”

Aakriti Kaushik

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