Getting the most out of NVQs

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The purpose of this article is to outline some success strategies for managers whose staff are undertaking NVQs. They can work well and they often do. The NVQ is a much maligned qualification. It should be quite a simple exercise in demonstrating the knowledge and competence of a member of staff, but there have been one or two studies that show this is often not the case. There is a degree of anecdotal support for this. Most care providers will have their own horror stories. These include: – Training provider over-extended, with candidates never seeing an assessor. – Staff having no real idea what they are supposed to be doing. – The investment in ring binders and photocopying is the training budget. Equally, a great many training providers will have their horror stories too: – The employer has compelled candidates to undertake an NVQ, on pain of losing their jobs, with employees having to pay for the training themselves. – Candidates cannot read or write. – Managers won’t allow assessors on site or candidate

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