ERIC Number: ED391081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications: Early Indications of Employers' Take-up and Use.
Callender, C.; And Others
A study examined British employers' adoption of National Vocational Qualifications and Scottish Vocational Qualifications (NVQ/SVQs) and the occupational standards underpinning them. Data regarding current/projected use of the NVQ/SVQs and their perceived costs, benefits, and difficulties of implementation were collected from the following: literature review; interviews with key organizations, Employment Department representatives, and selected major employers; telephone survey of 1,506 employers; and 50 case studies of employing organizations in 9 sectors. Although 75% of employers surveyed had heard of NVQ/SVQs, only 44% of firms with more than 500 employees and 6% of firms with fewer than 50 employees were using them. It was projected that approximately 78% of large firms and 14% of small firms would eventually use NVQ/SVQs. Use of NVQ/SVQs was highest in the construction and energy/water sectors. NVQ/SVQs were used mainly to provide initial training but were also used for retraining and certification of employees' existing skills/competencies. Barriers to using NVQ/SVQs included lack of employer support for the ideas underpinning the NVQ/SVQs and the NVQ/SVQs' poor presentation, inflexibility, and high cost of implementation. (Thirty-five tables/figures are included. Appended are the following: 20 additional tables of statistical information; questionnaire and discussion guide; list of organizations interviewed; and glossary.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, Competence, Cost Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Personnel Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Standards, Student Certification
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom (45 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment Dept., London (England).
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. of Manpower Studies.