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National Vocational Qualifications in the United Kingdom: a research based critique

By C. Irena Grugulis

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YesThis article evaluates the British system of NVQs, focusing on their capacity to increase skill levels. It reviews the way NVQs were designed and argues that they are ill-equipped to encourage knowledge and skills, partly because they simply replicate the weaknesses which currently exist in the labour market and partly because of the focus on observed workplace behaviours. NVQs were intended to be 'employer-led' and the assumptions underpinning their design are unitarist. In contrast, the German apprenticeship system is developed and implemented by pluralist consortia and results in qualifications that are far better equipped to support skill levels

Topics: National Vocational Qualifications, NVQs, United Kingdom, Skills, Apprenticeships
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/954
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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