Personal progress: helping individuals get ready for work

We create and administer millions of admissions tests, certifications, vocational assessments and general qualifications, including:

  • BTEC, the vocational qualification recognised by schools, colleges, universities, employers and professional bodies across the United Kingdom and in over 100 countries worldwide;
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the leading test for entrance to business schools and management programmes worldwide;
  • NCLEX Nursing examination, required to obtain a licence necessary to apply for work as a nurse in the United States;
  • CTI Education Group of South Africa, a leading private higher education group in South Africa.

Securing a professional or vocational qualification is an important factor in getting a job. We see rapid and growing demand for vocational and professional education around the world. Governments recognise the need to improve workplace skills to support future economic success. Developed economies are looking to maintain their competitive position through an emphasis on skills and training, while developing countries are focusing on vocational training to boost their workforce skills and attractiveness to investors.

Pearson has a strong presence in the vocational learning sector through: Edexcel, the UK's largest awarding body; VUE, a global leader in computer-based testing and certification; Melorio, the vocational training provider; as well as publishing imprints and learning technologies for professionals.

Case study: Melorio – Hands-on learning

Melorio became part of Pearson during 2010. As the leading provider of vocational education and IT professional training in the UK, over 15,000 people each year get the opportunity to gain vocational skills in such key areas as construction, logistics, technology and healthcare.

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Hands on learning

For example, Construction Learning World provides on-site assessment, training and related support services to the UK construction and infrastructure industry.


Case study: BTEC increasing earning potential

London Economics research commissioned by Pearson found that achieving a BTEC National can increase the lifetime earnings of an individual by up to £92,000, while a BTEC First can increase lifetime earnings by up to £42,000.

Case study: CTI Education Group of South Africa

CTI is one of South Africa's leading private higher education institutions with more than 9,000 students on 12 campuses, awarding degrees, diplomas and vocational qualifications to a growing market of full-time and part-time students in such subjects as business, information technology, law, psychology and counselling, graphic design and creative arts.

Among the diplomas and vocational qualifications awarded are BTECs from Pearson. About 15% of CTI first-year students come from African countries other than South Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe.