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Employers' input sought for diploma design project

The Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) is looking for employers and other stakeholders to get involved in a project to develop the new Business, Administration and Finance Specialised Diploma for 14-19 year olds.

This will be one of 14 specialised diplomas which aim to enable students to follow a curriculum more closely aligned to the employment needs of the sector in question, and to give employers confidence that new recruits are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to make a positive contribution to the business.

The new specialised diplomas form part of the Government's plans for the future of 14-19 education, introduced in the Education and Skills White Paper (published February 2005) and detailed in the 14-19 Implementation Plan (published December 2005).

The FSSC is to develop the Business, Administration and Finance Diploma in partnership with the Council for Administration and Skillsmart Retail Ltd. It's expected that the diploma will be available in 2009. Work related learning, including work placements, will be a key feature of the diploma.

Lucy Courtenay, FSSC Standards & Accreditation Director, said: "The 14-19 Diploma represents a major step forward in equipping young people to achieve their full potential. Employers now have a unique opportunity to make sure that the school leavers of the future acquire the skills and knowledge that are most needed by the industry."

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