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What is an NVQ?

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An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) is what’s commonly referred to as a ‘competence-based’ qualification. Students are assessed on-the-job, where an NVQ assessor measures an individual’s performance when undertaking a particular process or task.

Employers often introduce these courses and offer them to people who are already working; however, they can also be taken as a way of securing a job.

NVQs are open to people in lots of different situations: people might take an NVQ if they already have some work-based skills, or if they are a new starter. People who are currently employed are able to take NVQs, or if they are studying at college and doing a part-time work placement.

It is possible to take an NVQ while at school.

Pretty much all NVQs tie into an industry or a business area, eg. administration, health and social care, hospitality and tourism, business, sales, construction, engineering or manufacturing.

Examples of NVQs:

- NVQ in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

- NVQ in Information Technology

- NVQ in Hospitality

- NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering

In Scotland, there are SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications). These are essentially the Scottish equivalent of NVQs. They are also tied to modern apprenticeships.

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