The first set of results for hundreds of students taking the government’s new 14-19 Diploma have been released today. Commenting, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:


“It’s far too early to question the effectiveness of Diplomas after just one year of teaching. We believe that they could offer a 'third way' between pure academics and vocational education for young people who need alternatives to the existing system.


“If Diplomas are of a high quality and have rigorous standards, employers will come to value them. Given the need to rebalance Britain's economy over the next decade, a flexible qualification that offers both practical skills for employment and a university entrance route could play an important role in the future.”


Tim Hutchings, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry Chief Executive said, “There is no doubt that the new diplomas will need to evolve and adapt but we are enormously encouraged by progress to date. At their best they provide a rounded range of learning which can be applied to practical and vocational experience whilst offering sufficient academic challenge”.


“Hertfordshire is rapidly gaining a national reputation for excellence in the delivery of diplomas and the work experience surrounding them, it is a source of pride that so many businesses in the county are supporting what we are trying to achieve. Any business that wants to support this scheme or provide work experiences for young people can contact the Chamber on 01707 398400.