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NVQs Are Here To Stay Reports Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire

Construc­ti­on­Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry, has successfully lobbied to keep National Vocational Quali­fica­tions (NVQs) at the centre of the industry’s quali­fica­tion structure, saving in excess of £1m for industry.

The Government had looked set to scrap NVQs this year as part of the new Quali­fica­tions and Credit Framework (QCF), but sustained lobbying by Construc­ti­on­Skills has resulted in the continuation of the industry standard quali­fica­tions.

As part of the new QCF, every unit and quali­fica­tion will have a credit value (one credit represents 10 hours, showing how much time it takes to complete) and a level between Entry level and level 8.  In almost every area, construction NVQs have been converted successfully to match this new structure.

The new quali­fica­tions achieved by workers in the construction sector will be called NVQ Diploma, as of September 2010.

The news follows on from recent research that reveals that over 80% of construction companies with experience of NVQs are happy with the current structure. NVQs have come a long way in fulfilling the vocational needs of the construction industry for over a decade and are recognised and valued by employers as a quality, competency-based quali­fica­tion. Regis­tra­tions and certi­fica­tions for NVQs are at an all time high.

Here at Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire we feel that people working within construction should have quali­fica­tions for their job and as NVQs seem to work then why not keep them going?


Greengates Builders Merchants delivering to the whole of Lancashire including: Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley, Clitheroe, Darwen, Great Harwood, Haslingden, Padiham and Pendle.

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