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Feature Skills & Training
• Development of new Since the publication and Consideration is also being
vocational options leading acceptance by the Minister given to the development
to industry recognised for DfESC of proposed of local law courses in
qualifications for 14-16 curriculum changes for partnership with a UK
year olds. students within the 14 - University and a feasibility
19 age phase of study into the development
• An entitlement to education, greater of two further strategically
continued study of emphasis in Jersey will be important foundation
English and Maths to given towards vocational degrees will shortly be
Level 2 (Grade C at GCSE aspects of ‘A’ level study. published. If the study
or equivalent) for all One of the early responses outcome is positive, it is
students who enter the to this, tying in with Skills hoped that the new degree
College without these core Executive priorities, is that programmes will be to make a significant and
competencies. This courses of study towards launched in 2009. lasting impression upon
initiative will sit within a industry recognised the future productivity of
wider strategy for greater finance qualifications are As detailed above, the island. I sense a new
emphasis on English and already being made significant work has commitment on the part
Maths throughout all available to students at already been undertaken in of all those involved with
schools. Hautlieu, Jersey College providing the new Skills the skills agenda in
for Girls and Victoria Executive a positive start Jersey to support this
• Development of Higher College with over 80 and early momentum. We new venture, and to
Education (University students currently cannot however become respond to the challenges
Centre for Jersey) within participating. complacent as there are that implementation will
the Campus to raise the still significant hurdles to bring.
profile of existing and A new Jersey Foundation overcome and the new
future locally delivered Degree in Financial organisation needs to This will, begin at long
courses of higher Services has been created convince local employers last, to provide islanders
education. in a partnership between in particular, that this does with the opportunity to
the College, States and the not represent a short term develop themselves and
• A reformed apprenticeship finance sector with fifteen States initiative, that will compete globally within a
scheme to take account of students recently enrolled disappear over a small competitive employment
changes in the 14-16 as the first cohort. On number of years. market.
curriculum and employer completion of the
demand. An ED, ESC programme, successful If it can successfully I urge everyone reading
Highlands College and students will be able to harness both the energy this to get involved with
Careers Service Working continue their studies and entrepreneurship of the work of the Executive
Group has been towards a full BA degree the private sector, and and use it as a vital
established to progress in ‘Wealth Management’ - better prioritise scarce component in efforts
this through research and tailored to the needs of the States resources, the Skills towards keeping Jersey
dialogue with employers. local finance sector. Executive has the potential special.
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