The value of vocational qualifications for careers in the pub industry and other sectors to is to be promoted with a special day of celebration.
VQ Day 2009 on June 24 is being spearheaded by TV chef James Martin, who himself started out as a vocational learner at Scarborough Technical College.
The day aims to raise the public perception of vocational qualifications. Martin said: "For far too long, vocational qualifications have been seen as the poor relation to their academic counterparts, and I'm glad to be part of the move to change this.
"VQ Day is a chance for learners all over the UK to come together and celebrate their individual achievements."
One benefit of vocational trainig is 19-year-old Tom Pankhurst, a manager with Greene King at the Four Horseshoes in Thornham Magna, Suffolk.
Having decided he wanted to go into the hospitality industry, Tom embarked on an apprenticeship at Otley College in Ipswich, Suffolk, which he completed while working.
As manager, Tom has encouraged five of his staff to take the same apprenticeship.
VQ Day 2009 will be marked by regional events up and down the country. To find out more visit VQ Day 2009