These qualifications recognise that you have the required skills, knowledge and experience according to a set of nationally accredited standards
NVQs are achieved in the workplace, thereby acknowledging your skill, training and experience to undertake your job role safely, effectively and efficiently. This allows the NVQ to be achieved without the need to be away from the job, avoiding downtime, as well as the need for evening or college classes.
They prove that the candidate is both Skilled & Competent at his place of work according to a set of industry performance standards as well as to the company’s requirements.
But not only is he/she competent, but they have the Knowledge & Understanding to go with that competence.
They prove that they can do the job that the employer requires of them.
Why bother with NVQs when my staff have “REAL” qualifications like HND/HNC/Degree or some other professional qualification?
Traditional qualifications such as HND/HNC etc. provide excellent training in the KNOWLEDGE required by the job sector in general, but not always for the specific job.
NVQs take that knowledge, and through reference to standards, combine it with the COMPETENCE required to do that job.
Together, the two schemes provide for a specifically structured and targeted training, assessment and development programme.
The use of occupational standards and NVQs is beginning to have an ever increasing impact upon business and the way it operates.
Customers are beginning to specify such standards in tendering systems because they demonstrate:
Regulators will be referring to these standards when determining whether a business has effectively established the competence of its workforce
The courts of law, when determining guilt or damages, will take into account whether or not existing national occupational standards of competence were in use
More and more companies are introducing some kind of business excellence model. At the heart of these models is staff development and at the heart of staff development are the use of occupational standards
An increasing number of employers are beginning to look beyond the obvious benefits of NVQs and explore how the qualifications can be integrated into a wider human resource strategy. Employers are linking NVQs with personnel programmes such as staff appraisals, skills audits, recruitment and remuneration packages
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