I am a newcomer and a guest.
Is it important that a vocational certificate has visual appeal-does it add gravitas?
Is security and anti-counterfeiting features important?
There seems to be a growth of people framing and mounting their certificates-is this typical for vocational certificates?
Is there anything that can be done to enhance a certificate-paper colour/print colours/crest/hologram/iridescent stripe/size?
Andy asks about the security of certificates, vocational and otherwise. Tying to this and the topic "Trends in Vocational Education", I'd like to mention the growth in interest in digital credentialing. We are in the process of piloting digital credentials, which can be verified much like digital signatures. This helps with the security issue. In addition, these digital credentials carry metadata that carry much more information than paper certificates, such as descriptions of the competencies demonstrated.
The United States has renewed interested in supporting CTE (TVET). In California, millions of dollars have been awarded for supporting and enhancing CTE programs within the schools. Currently, in Silicon Valley, the trends are in sustainable energy programs, advanced auto transportation technology, entrepreneurial education and 21st century skills education. Also, there are three new emerging industries-- water, maintenance building and audio visual technology.
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