Horse Care student named Scotland’s vocational learner of the year

VQ AWARD

Hawick’s Katie Stephen has been awarded the title of Scotland’s 2015 VQ Learner of the Year in recognition of her outstanding vocational achievement in Horse Care at Borders College.

Having worked exceptionally hard on her course, 20-year-old Katie successfully applied her knowledge and skills to her career and has already secured remarkable achievements. She has produced award-winning horses in dressage and eventing, as well as successfully retraining ex-racehorses, making a name for herself in the equine industry.

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Katie Stephen has produced award-winning horses in dressage and eventing, as well as successfully retraining ex-racehorses

She was named ‘Hawick sports personality’ as part of the Olympic celebrations, and awarded both Equine Learner and Land-Based Learner of the Year by Lantra, the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries. Katie has now achieved her dream of opening her own stables and horse yard.

‘Completing a vocational qualification has given me the skills and drive to pursue my chosen career’

Katie said: “I’m thrilled to have been named as the Scottish national winner of this year’s VQ Learner of the Year Award. Completing a vocational qualification has given me the skills and drive to pursue my chosen career and I am delighted that my hard work has been recognised. I would highly recommend vocational learning to others and I hope VQ Day inspires others to explore the wide range of training options and choose a path best suited to their individual skills and interests.”

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Katie was recognised for her outstanding vocational achievement in Horse Care at Borders College

Held on 10 June 2015, VQ Day is an annual event led by independent education charity the Edge Foundation. It aims to celebrate the benefits of technical, practical and vocational learning, not only to the individual but also to their communities. From 16-year-olds to those over 60, VQ day supports the acquisition of new skills and encourages uptake of high-quality vocational courses.

David Harbourne, acting CEO of the Edge Foundation, added: “Katie is a great example of how practical, technical and vocational qualifications can be the catalyst for a successful and fulfilling career. We wish her the best of luck in the future.”

For more information about VQ Day and the VQ Awards, please visit www.vqday.org.uk

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