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ERIC Number: EJ933331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1363-9080
National Vocational Qualifications in the United Kingdom: Their Origins and Legacy
Young, Michael
Journal of Education and Work, v24 n3-4 p259-282 2011
National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) were launched in the United Kingdom (excluding Scotland) in 1987 as a framework for rationalising what was described at the time as the "jungle" of existing vocational qualifications. They were never intended to be the basis for a comprehensive NQF for all qualifications; however, successive governments were committed to using them to replace all other "vocational" qualifications, especially those which involved government funding. NVQs are still used in the United Kingdom, although the original NVQ model has been changed many times. Those countries which have drawn on the example of NVQs would no doubt claim that they had learned lessons from mistakes made by the United Kingdom and the exaggerated claims made for the original model. NVQs were the first national attempt to base vocational qualifications on the idea of competence. They remain, over 20 years later, the most widely known, widely copied and most heavily criticised model for a vocational qualifications framework in the world. This article discusses the origins and legacy of NVQs in the United Kingdom. (Contains 26 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom