Speaking up in defence of NVQs

first_imgIshould like to speak out in defence of NVQs. They are too often seen aslow-level qualifications undertaken by put-upon school leavers in anenvironment where credibility means the highest number of students“successfully” through the system. This image fails to reflect their benefitsand flexibility.Thequalifications fully recognise current experience and demonstrate theapplication of actual skills and knowledge in a working environment. They can actas powerful work-based training plans, and assist in monitoring progress aswell as achievement. Because they are work-based qualifications, employers,colleges and independent training providers can act as the approved andregulated assessment centre. Increasingly,at all levels in the construction industry, NVQs are seen as a measure of askilled workforce by prospective clients.ShepherdCorporate Services has been involved with higher-level construction-occupationNVQs since their introduction in the early 1990s. This has been both thetraining division of a national contractor, and also a training provider andNVQ assessment centre in its own right. As a result, Shepherd Construction hasseen the benefits of using these NVQs as part of its formal developmentprogrammes for supervisors at level 3 and managers at level 4. The measurableeffectiveness of this approach earned Shepherd a national training award in1998.Furtherincreasing the credibility of NVQs within the construction industry, the CharteredInstitute of Building (CIOB) has become the first professional body within theindustry to fully recognise for membership the personal achievement of an NVQ5in Construction Contracts Management. As with all NVQs at level 5, the standardof this is broadly equivalent to professional/postgraduate level. ShepherdCorporate Services assesses this qualification for experienced people fromorganisations such as Bovis Lend Lease that wish to demonstrate theiroccupational competence.Outsidethe construction industry, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing has alsoaccepted specified NVQs into its membership structure. It is to be hoped thatthis increased acceptance of NVQs will give the qualifications, and those whoachieve them, the credibility they deserve.By,Julie Sykes, assessment centre co-ordinator, Shepherd Corporate Services Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Speaking up in defence of NVQsOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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