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Become an NVQ Assessor?

As the shortage of NVQ Assessors continues, training centres are offering a number of incentives to complete the relevant course. This usually includes:


  • Providing the necessary NVQ candidates required to qualify
  • Estimation of around 5 to 12 weeks to complete the course
  • Assistance finding work after the course is complete

NVQ Assessors are an integral part of candidates’ process throughout their course.

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NVQ Events Management course cancelled after 2 weeks

A college in Hastings has had to cancel their Events Management NVQ diploma (level 3) due to staff shortages.  Sadly the 18 students are now unsure of their academic future as they had planned on completing the NVQ course.

Sussex Coast College wrote to the students apologised for the cancellation of their Events Management course. Hopefully the students can pick up on another course as soon as possible.

The students are angry after investing money into projects within the campus as part of the course.

NVQ diploma centre using wind turbine to help with energy bills

A small outreach centre near Wainfleet has erected a wind turbine to help with the soaring cost of their energy bills. Willow Farm, which houses a number of animals specifically to help run animal related diploma/NVQ courses for youngsters will educational difficulties, requires various environmental standards for the animals such as floodlights and heat lamps. The cost of running the farm is pretty huge so the wind turbine will help reduce the energy costs.

NVQ training with Le Bistrot Pierre

The Le Bistrot Pierre group have created an apprenticeship, training twenty candidates via Charnwood College in the Midlands.

The candidates are due to start the 9 month NVQ course which will cover all areas of catering and hospitality, team leading and cooking, enabling them to be in a good position to cover areas of the Le Bistrot Pierre business through learning on the job

New electrical workshop offering NVQ Level 3 Requirements for Electrical Installations

The Maritime & Engineering College North West in Birkenhead has set up an electrical training workshop to improve electrical engineers prospects within the local community. They have set up an NVQ level 3 training course and are hoping to attract electrical specialist candidates within the heavy industry. They want to offer a more suitable course, focusing less on commercial/domestic areas.

The course is accredited by City & Guilds and for more information, contact the college directly via customerservice@mecnw.co.uk

What do I do if I don’t pass my A Levels?

This summer, thousands of A level students will be awaiting results of their exams which will hopefully allow them to further their education by winning places at universities across the UK. Some may not be fortunate to get into their chosen place of study and others will not be able to enter universities at all. This is by no means the end of many young people’s careers. In fact, it’s a time to rediscover what you want to achieve and there are many other ways to obtain those dreams.

It may be that an apprenticeship in a chosen vocation is the solution or an NVQ qualification, which will open doors within employment – the ultimate goal.

So if you find that your grades are not ideal to get you into university, consider other alternatives and contact further education colleges around the UK about other, more defined, courses.

NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry

Carpentry is a very well respected vocation and it takes time and dedication to master the art. An NVQ Level 2 Carpentry is an excellent choice for a vocational qualification, because there is nothing more valuable than getting your hands dirty and learning the skills required.

This course may lead you to work in schools, roads, hospitals, offices and airports and many more public or private environments.

The course typically involves working in an environment you may find yourself in as a carpenter. You will be expected to carry out practical and written assessments and an NVQ assessor will test your ability to carry out tasks.

Salary: Up to £27,000 but potential to earn more self-employed.

The units you may be required to cover are as follows:

– Health and safety. This is especially important in such a profession as you will be using power tools and handling various types of wood.

– Be able to make illustrations. Preparation is the key.

– Numeracy and communication skills

– Joining products and skills

– Planning methodically

– Installing first and second fixing

– Maintaining carpentry work

– Bench work/site work

– Erecting timber frames

– Shop fitting

Duration: Up to 2 years

Hairdressing academy offering NVQ hairdressing apprenticeships

70 apprenticeships are being offered in Birmingham by a hair academy, Francesco Group, who have opened a training facility.

The academy will be located on New Birmingham Street in Birmingham.

The academy are offering the following apprenticeships:

50 apprenticeships offering a two year course, qualifying in NVQ level 2 Hairdressing
20 apprenticeships offering experience on the job as a hairdresser.

The start of the course will start in September 2012.

NVQ courses ARE the way to go…

According to principal of John Ruskin College, Croydon, it was the correct decision to park A levels and offer vocational courses to young students. Tim Eyton-Jones decided back in 2010 that students would be better off participating in NVQs such as hair, beauty, business and administration and media.

As we know, NVQ courses enable students to gain experience in their chosen subjects and during this unstable economy vocational subjects are worth so much more than academic subjects.

Mr Eyton-Jones wants to continue to improve on these skills and realises that these core skills are crucial in every day life i.e. how to deal with staff, how to organise your time, managements, dealing with customers or work colleagues. It’s these core skills which a number of young graduates are lacking in, so I hope other colleges will also follow suit and offer NVQs more and more.

John Ruskin College have pulled out the stops to help students in the working environment.The college has created a broadcasting centre akin to the BBC newsroom, a replica nursery for NVQ childcare courses and even a salon for hair a beauty courses.

Macs are also being provided, stepping away from the typical PC environment of the classroom.

Full article here


NVQ courses in Activity Leadership – be a football coach?

It’s disheartening, but there are many youngsters who simply don’t make it as footballers after, in many cases, spending years in training.  For those who are still football mad and have found themselves in this unfortunate position, there is an NVQ course worth thinking about.  activity leadership nvq coursesIt’s the NVQ in Activity Leadership. It’s a great way to learn all there is to know regarding management and spotting talent.
This is the case right now in Chelmsford for a group of young men who are training to become professional football coaches after having no luck becoming footballers themselves.  The Government funded course is taking place at Chelmsford College and details of the course can be accessed by contacting information@chelmsford.ac.uk
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