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ERIC Number: EJ695829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
Assessing the Business and Employee Benefits Resulting from the Implementation of NVQs
McAdam, Rodney; Crowe, Julie
Education + Training, v46 n3 p138-152 2004
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) have been introduced and developed within a competency framework by successive UK governments. Potential benefits are listed as improved skills, less skills shortages and more appropriate job-employee fit. However, there has been considerable and sustained criticism of NVQs from employers, employees and academics. Criticisms include excessive bureaucracy, overly complex terminology and a lack of credibility of the competence concept. This case-based study examines the implementation of NVQs in an organisation based on 60 semi-structured interviews with those involved. The findings reveal that NVQ is seen as a training regime within the organisation and that there are no clear links to improved business performance or employee morale. Moreover, there were contextual problems in applying the standard.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom