National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)

An NVQ is a work based qualification which recognises the skills and knowledge a person needs to do a job.  There are no exams instead competency in the chosen subject is proved by working with a dedicated assessor to identify evidence such as completed workbooks, observation of working practices, work products, reflections and witness testimony.

Benefits of undertaking an NVQ?

The learner will benefit as they:

  • Have a flexible route to becoming qualified in the workplace with no examinations  as NVQs are a practical demonstration of the learners skills, knowledge and understanding
  • Will receive certification to demonstrate they have met a national standard for their occupational role  this will lead to improved employability.
  • A level 2 qualification can be accessed by anyone there are no formal education requirements

Employers will benefit as NVQs are:

  • An effective way of developing staff to a nationally recognised standard which results in improved efficiency in their work practices
  • Proof of the employee’s capability to do their job as all NVQs have an element of observation of working practices
  • On the job training and evidence gathering, therefore less down time from the employee
  • Demonstrates to CQC and customers that you have a commitment to quality
  • Ensures employees are up to date with industry standards and best practice


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