Vocational Qualifications

A rewarding aspect of managing my website (1) is the feedback in emails I receive from readers. Whether positive or negative this is always welcome and valuable. Sadly a recurring theme highlights the continuing negative perception of vocational and commercial qualifications. One theme often expressed is readers’ experience of negative attitudes to their vocational qualifications… Read more »

Short Glossary of Education and Training Terms

  (Provides some simple definitions to topics covered on this website – hope it proves helpful). Accreditation: The issue of formal recognition that bodies or institutions or the procedures used by them meet specified requirements. Achievement/Attainment Test:  A test that measures achievement in a particular subject or occupation rather than potential. Assessment: Appraisal or estimation… Read more »

Statistics for Technical and Commercial Examinations.

Updated May 2017. In this section a miscellany of information by way of facts and figures provides additional detail on technical and commercial examinations to reinforce material in the other sections of this website. The material will where possible be provided in chronological order. I hope readers will find the information of interest. I have also… Read more »

Information on Colleges and Training Providers

  Updated November 2016. 1582 Edinburgh University founded 1592 Trinity College Dublin founded 1596 Gresham College founded. In 1613 Robin Hood Society founded by H. Middleton. In 1685 Hackney Academy founded discontinued in 1820 founded by B. Morland. In 1710 Mathematical School in Southwark founded by T. Crosby. In 1717/1718 Soho Academy founded by M. Clare…. Read more »

Facts and Figures

Update August 2018. This section attempts to complement the other sections of this website. I have started including information on the Welsh, Scottish and Irish technical education systems. In 1560 250,000 tons of coal mined. In 1620 35,000 tons of pig iron produced. In 1660 between 1660-1668 number of patents issued for inventions 31. In the… Read more »