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To celebrate national Vocational Qualifications Day, foundation level students applied their horticultural skills at Ordsall Hall.


Salford City College celebrated Vocational Qualifications Day (VQ Day) on Wednesday 22nd June, when they put their vocational skills to the test with work at Salford’s Ordsall Hall.


Horticulture students from the Eccles Sixth Form Centre of the college spent the morning working on the flower-beds and grounds at the hall, putting into practice the knowledge and expertise they have learnt on their Level 1 Horticulture course at Salford City College.


The work was conducted as part of VQ Day 2011; a national campaign which recognises the value of vocational qualifications and celebrates vocational achievement across the country.


Nikos Savvas, Centre Principal at Eccles Sixth Form Centre, was proud to see students from the college displaying their skills and work in the community: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the foundation level students, to put what they have learnt into a practical, real-life setting.  Working at Ordsall Hall helps to show the local community the students’ excellent capabilities and also encourages our students to aspire to work in such a prestigious setting in the future.”


Lindsay Berry, Head Gardener at Ordsall Hall is always keen to work with groups in the community: “The gardens at Ordsall Hall are supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which also encourages us to engage with the community and offer the opportunity to be involved in this special piece of Salford’s history.


“It’s fantastic working with the students.  This day was part of ongoing work they have been doing in the gardens and they have produced some lovely raised beds and have been very hard working and committed.  I’d urge anybody to come down to the Hall and see their excellent work.”


Peter Mitchell, CEO of independent education foundation Edge who supports VQ Day says: “Vocational qualifications have never been more important to the economy and the individual; they deliver the trained, talented employees businesses are crying out for and ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed in education and work.  The government is investing in vocational routes acknowledging their value and we need to come together to do the same.  It is great to see so many people join forces to celebrate vocational achievement on VQ Day.”

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