ERIC Number: ED394052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Engineering the Future: Monitoring the Pilot GNVQ in Engineering.
FEDA Bulletin, v1 n9 May 1996
The General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) in engineering was piloted in about 100 centers and with over 3,000 students in British further education colleges during 1994-95. A small-scale project monitored the introduction of the GNVQ in engineering in eight colleges: three each in the north and south and two in the Midlands. Findings indicated that college staff welcomed the engineering GNVQ because it provided a broad-based engineering qualification, and they were convinced of the potential of the GNVQ to provide an alternative to existing vocational qualifications in engineering in the near future. Demand for places from applicants who were likely to succeed on the Advanced GNVQ program needed to be stimulated. Successful induction programs were those that provided opportunities for students to experience problem-centered learning strategies and were spread over the course. Early planning and preparation of vocational and core skill assignments, assessment, and curriculum delivery contributed to the success of the GNVQ program. Small teams delivering the GNVQ in engineering were able to meet frequently, communicate effectively, and deliver a comprehensive and integrated program. Employers still needed to have their awareness raised regarding the vocational relevance of the GNVQ in engineering. Recommendations were made regarding recruitment, induction, course structure, work relevance, course assessment, and program planning. (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Certificates, Educational Research, Engineering, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Standards, Student Certification, Technical Education, Technical Institutes
Further Education Development Agency, Citadel Place, Tinworth Street, London SE11 5EH, England, United Kingdom (3.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).