ERIC Number: ED309262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
National Vocational Qualifications. What It Means for Colleges. What's in It for Employers. What They Mean for You--A Guide for Those in Employment or Training.
National Council for Vocational Qualifications, London (England).
Presented are three brochures--for employers, colleges, and prospective employees respectively--that collectively explain Britain's efforts to simplify the nation's current vocational qualification system and to set up new national vocational qualifications (NVQs) for all occupational areas by 1991. The new NVQs are based on the achievement of standards of performance required by industry and commerce and are awarded by organizations approved by the National Council for Vocational Qualifications. Awarded for competent performance in work activities, NVQs are assessed in the workplace whenever possible. Credit for parts of an NVQ are gained in the form of units that can accumulate through on-the-job-training, college courses, experience, distance learning, and private study taken at a pace that suits the individual. Traditional barriers to certification (where or how competence was gained, how long it took, or the age at which it was reached or is held) are considered irrelevant. Colleges in the further and higher education sector will develop assessment methods and complementary learning opportunities through traditional and modular training, open learning packages, and computer-assisted and experiential learning. They will also provide consultancy and guidance services to help design and run effective assessment, training, and staff development programs for those in industry and education. Among the benefits of the new system are improved economic performance, increased worker motivation, easier recruitment of staff, clear routes of progression, and fewer barriers to qualifications. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Career Ladders, Competence, Credentials, Criterion Referenced Tests, Distance Education, Employment Qualifications, Experiential Learning, Flexible Progression, Foreign Countries, Job Performance, Labor Force Development, Occupational Tests, Open Education, Promotion (Occupational), Vocational Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Vocational Qualifications, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)