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What is an NVQ? (National Vocational Qualification)

An overview of the NVQ...

National Vocational Qualification

The NVQ is a work-based qualification that recognises the skills and knowledge a person needs to do a job. The candidate needs to demonstrate and prove their competency in their chosen role or career path.

Define competency

Candidates need to demonstrate that they have the suitable skills, knowledge and understanding to carry out the tasks associated with their job role.

What do NVQs courses cover?

NVQ’s cover a wide range of subjects for almost every occupational area in every business sector.

What are the benefits of undertaking an NVQ?

For the individual:

A flexible route to becoming qualified in the workplace with no examinations

A practical demonstration of the individual’s skills, knowledge and understanding

Certification to demonstrate you have met a national standard for an occupational role

Improved employability and transferability

Access to recognised qualifications for employees with no other formal education

For Employers:

An effective way of developing staff to a nationally recognised standard which results in improved efficiency

Proof of the candidate's capability to do their job as it is based on what they can do rather than what they know

On the job training and evidence gathering, therefore less downtime from the employee

Demonstrates a commitment to quality both internally and externally to customers

Ensures employees are up to date with industry standards and best practice

How are NVQ’s assessed?

NVQ’s are competency-based and the candidate produces evidence of what they do in their work situation which becomes the basis of a portfolio that is assessed against the relevant occupational standard. The candidates must demonstrate that their skills are current and prove their competency over a period.

Evidence can be submitted electronically any time of day or night from anywhere in the world. The benefits of study with SVT is that you have access to a dedicated employed SVT assessor, a quality learning portal with forums, progress charts and instant messenger. SVT also use this system to send weekly progress reports to Managers as required.

You cannot fail an NVQ. You are either classed as competent or not yet competent, which means you would need to provide additional or further evidence over a period

What NVQs courses can I enrol on?

SVT offer NVQ courses at a wide range of competency levels across a variety of subjects, including Health and Safety, Social Care, Management and Mental Health.


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