ERIC Number: ED391077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Will National Vocational Qualifications Work? Evidence from the Construction Industry.
A study was conducted in Britain between October 1990 and June 1991 to evaluate the implementation and delivery of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and the implications for the training of trainers. (NVQs are a device for assessing performance; they represent the systemization of the skills and competencies required in a wide variety of occupations and at different levels.) The study focused on the construction industry but its findings are applicable to many other industries. Data were collected through 20 in-depth interviews with key organizations concerned with the introduction of NVQs generally and in the construction industry in particular, and 7 case studies were made of a cross-section of construction companies and their off-site training providers. The research identified two sets of issues that together are inhibiting and negating the use of NVQs: (1) structures that are necessary preconditions for the implementation of NVQs are inadequate, particularly in access to information about NVQs and in funding and resources for training providers, employers, and trainees; and (2) industrial organizations are causing NVQs that are not occupationally based to proliferate and inhibit the transfer of skills between and within industries, and many NVQs are too limited and narrowly defined. The research showed the need for the training of trainers to maintain high training standards and the credibility of NVQs. The study concluded that the introduction of NVQs alone is unlikely to change either employers' incentive to train or the take-up of vocational training. Additional policies are required for the NVQs to meet the training needs of the future. (Contains 33 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Construction Industry, Credentials, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Practices, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Job Training, Policy Formation, Public Policy
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom (12 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment Dept., London (England). Training, Enterprise, and Education Directorate.
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. of Manpower Studies.