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A Sussex taxi company has requested a number of the company’s drivers to take an NVQ course in Road Passenger Transport (Level 2). The company, based in Sussex, want more of their drivers to adapt to their roles and feel the NVQ course is best suited in getting them up to speed.
The NVQ course was such a success, all 80 drivers are now going to complete the level 2 NVQ course!
A snapshot of the 4 month NVQ level 2 course in Road Passenger Transport includes:
– disability awareness
– dealing with emergencies
– good customer service
The company’s administration team will also take an NVQ course in customer service and administration.
NVQ courses – what are portfolios?
When taking an NVQ course, it’s important that all achievements are logged so that all evidence of tasks performed is kept in one place. The portfolio can be on paper or in the form of an ePortfolio, stored online, or you can use both formats.
It’s crucial that the portfolio is well organized and easy to follow – your NVQ assessor should be able to help you. Tracking sheets can be included so information within your portfolio can be found. The point is that when it comes to being finally assessed you need the content in your portfolio to be easy to find. You certainly don’t want crucial evidence disappearing under a heap of loose papers.
The evidence included must demonstrate your abilities, so don’t be too concerned about adding irrelevant content such as training manuals for example. Keep in mind that the evidence included should demonstrate your abilities and nothing else.
Usually you will need to include the ‘Declaration of Authenticity’ which is signed by the NVQ course student to state that the portfolio work is their own.
So how should I plan my portfolio/ePortfolio?
Firstly, it is advisable that you discuss all course content with your NVQ assessor or employer:
-discuss the course content (units) and the order in which you would like to complete them.
– read through all information related to each unit and ensure you understand what is being asked of you.
– perhaps you can put together evidence of tasks/work that cover multiple units.
– collecting evidence can be time consuming and needs forethought, so it’s advisable to plan ahead.
-discuss how to gain evidence with relevant members of staff involved so they can make adequate time for you.
– it’s essential you are clear of your unit objectives and gather the relevant evidence.
So what should I include in my portfolio/ePortfolio
– (if paper based) ensure you include your name, centre/employer, and NVQ course details at the front.
– (if online based) carefully name each file and keep all files together in one folder so the relevant documents can be found easily. Each unit can have its own folder.
– Each unit should be clearly signed off by verifiers and assessors. A contents sheet with all signed off units is advised.
– Declaration of authenticity, as mentioned before, should be signed off by you stating that all the work is your own.
– Include your CV so any verifiers and NVQ assessors are aware of your employment/academic history. Be sure to highlight all tasks/roles undertaken.
– You may want to include a departmental chart depicting your current role and members of staff who you report to and who reports to you.
– Include all details of witnesses and how they are involved with your course.
– You may want to include an index for all evidence collected so each piece is easily found.
What can I use for evidence?
– Word documents – witness/personal statements, emails and other correspondence (if applicable).
– Spreadsheets – observations, Q&As
– Audio content of performance conversations
Youth unemployment has been rife for a number of years. Degree courses have clearly become saturated with students compelled to gain a degree in order to further their prospects. However, companies are screaming out for young apprentices to join and learn on the job.
Piers Hart runs his own furniture making company (Piers Hart and Company) in Barnham since the 1970s and is now fearful of declining NVQ courses such as the NVQ cabinet-making courses which local colleges were providing. Due to low demand for this course, colleges have decided not to offer the course, but company owners such as Mr Hart are disappointed and are keen for youngsters to learn these skills.
After all, the UK could do with a manufacturing boost instead of relying on imports from other companies.
NVQ Courses in Plumbing
Plumbing or heating engineers are (and always will be) in high demand. Building sector jobs have decreased due to the economy, but domestic demand will only increase – especially during the winter months when local plumbers work flat out on boiler repairs and installations. And what about kitchen/bathroom installations, radiator installations, leaking pipes, blocked drains and so forth?
Plumbers are pretty sure to be working every day of their working lives, particularly if they start up their own plumbing company. Therefore NVQ courses in plumbing are an excellent way to get yourself into this industry.
Good communication skills are recommended, as plumbers need to listen to clients and explain the job on all levels.
Salary: Plumbers can expect to earn over £20k when starting out, whilst some self-employed plumbers can earn in excess of £60k.
So what’s involved in an NVQ courses in plumbing?
NVQ courses Level 1
(Usually around 3 months part time)
Requires learning the very basics of plumbing to be in a good position to be in an apprentice.
Working within a safe environment
Installing/testing pipe systems
Connecting or installing household appliances.
Installing outside taps
Solve blockage problems in sinks or rains.
NVQ courses Level 2
(usually a few years)
More advanced in plumbing techniques such as simple home appliance work.
Building relationships with clients
Maintenance of Systems
NVQ courses Level 3
At this level, you would be required to take on commercial and advanced home plumbing, also developing skills in gas appliances. You would be required to complete this level in order to set up a business.
Technical cold/hot water systems
Technical sanitation systems
Responsibilities of a plumber
Maintenance of systems
Continuation of relationship building with clients