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Award Winning Patissier Will Torrent Supports VQ Day 2012

16 March 2012

Will Torrent

Rising culinary star Will Torrent is lending his support to the fifth annual VQ Day - a celebration of the millions of people who gain a vocational qualification every year.

In his role as VQ Day ambassador, Will is hosting the national VQ Day event for England, which will be held at the prestigious BAFTA in London on Wednesday 20th June.

The 26 year old, who was the first British pastry chef to be awarded a Medallion of Excellence after representing the UK at WorldSkills Shizuoka, Japan 2007, is a long-standing supporter of vocational qualifications and helped launch the first VQ Day in 2008.

Will says: "As a passionate supporter of vocational learning, it's an honour to be invited to support VQ Day this year. Vocational qualifications provide young people with first-hand experience and a clear route to a successful career, whether in patisserie, engineering, fashion design or robotics. Vocational learners deserve to have their achievements recognised and celebrated - and that is what VQ Day is all about."

Jan Hodges, CEO of independent education foundation Edge, which leads the plans for VQ Day added: "We are delighted to have Will on board for VQ Day 2012. He is a talented and inspiring ambassador for vocational learning, and his experience demonstrates how technical, practical and vocational skills can lead to successful and fulfilling careers."

VQ Day 2012 will recognise the value high quality vocational qualifications bring to communities around the UK and will be marked by events at colleges, schools, businesses and learning providers across the country, including award ceremonies and open days. National events will also be held in London, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Notes to Editors

For more information on VQ Day please contact the VQ Day team on 020 3451 9498 or email

About VQ Day

VQ Day recognises the value of vocational qualifications and celebrates high quality vocational achievement.

High quality VQs play a vital role in society; they provide young people with the skills, experience and clear progression routes they need to get ahead.

By celebrating this achievement and presenting high quality practical and vocational learning equally alongside academic study we will ensure that young people are offered the many paths to success leading to:

·         Further study, e.g. University or further VQs

·         Greater job prospects and relevant career options

·         Enhanced skills/knowledge

·         Higher pay

·         The motivation and inspiration to help drive forward the UK economy.

The fifth annual VQ Day on Wednesday 20th June 2012 will recognise the value of vocational qualifications and celebrate vocational achievement.

VQ Day is led by Edge the independent education foundation in conjunction with support from the vocational qualifications community including: 157 Group, the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), the  Association of Colleges (AoC), the Association of Learning Providers (AELP), Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN), City & Guilds CollegesWales, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) Department for Employment and Learning (DELNI), Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, Education Development International plc (EDI), the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), the FE Reputation Strategy Group (FERSG), Hackney Community College, Institute for Learning (IFL), National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), National Training Federation for Wales, Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR), Ofqual, Ofqual Northern Ireland, Pearson, Scottish Government, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scottish Training Federation (STF), Skillsmart Retail, UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), WorldSkills UK, the Welsh Assembly Government, Westminster Kingsway College, among others.

About Edge

Edge is an independent education foundation. It is dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning, so that all young people have the opportunity to achieve their potential, and the UK's future workforce is equipped with the skills to be successful in the modern economy. Edge believes that 'learning by doing' is as important as academic learning, and that there are many paths to success. For more information visit .

About Will Torrent

For Will Torrent, chocolate and all things sweet is in the blood. Growing up around baking, cooking and cake-making, as well as having a chef for a grandfather, meant it was a natural choice for him to go into the world of food and specialise in patisserie. Now, by the age of just 26, Will has already been Young Chef of the Year, represented his country, and awarded the Acorn Scholar, demonstrated his skills on television, become a patisserie consultant for Waitrose and an Ambassador for several high profile products, companies and bodies.

Will competed as a specialised patissier and chocolatier at WorldSkills Shizuoka 2007, under the guidance of Yolande Stanley MCA. He won the coveted Medallion of Excellence - a first for any British pastry chef and now works as a UK ambassador to WorldSkills.

Will has also been the winner of the Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, gold at Salon Culinaire, the Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year and the Acorn Scholar, another first for a pastry chef. Will is a member of the WorldSkills UK Alumni Advisory Board, a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs and has judged for the Academy of Culinary Arts, WorldSkills UK, FutureChef, Springboard and L'atelier des Chefs.

He is currently developing his own television series and writing his first book.

For further information, please contact:
020 8237 5520


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