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Screening Process for NVQ Applicants?


Hi All

I've currently started working with some NVQ providers so I can offer employees at my organisation some basic qualifications.

I want to make sure the applicants for these NVQs have the drive and commitment to see it through to completion and work hard as so I'm considering some kind of screening process to decide which employees to put forward. It could be a list of questions or a seal of approval from their manager?

The providers I'm working with have told me they've never come across anything like that before which seemed a little suprising.

Does anyone one out there use a similar process for accepting employees onto NVQ courses?

Im looking for a few tips, or even better, a template!

Thanks in advance chaps and chapesses


4 Responses

  1. Be aware of discrimination…

    Hello there James, One thing that you need to be very aware of by setting up something like that is that it doesn't directly or indirectly discriminate.  The easiest way to do this is to have a transparent process which is shared with all (including applicants) and clearly shows the purpose of why you are doing it.    Everyone has to be scored the same way and shouldn't be treated less favourably based on their status, (as well as things like disability, age, religion etc part-timers  must not be treated less favourably than full timers).


    I've never done this for NVQ's l but for other quals I have run, we have based the selection criteria on how well applicants can demonstrate stated corporate values or behaviours.  They also had to have an endorsement from their line manager.  Just ensure that the process is fair and doesn't treat some groups of people less favourably than others.  OFGEM may take a dim view of this if the process isn't objective and transparent.


    Hope that helps.

  2. Thanks Clive

    A good point.

    I like the idea of incorporating the values and behaviours.

    I might have to steal that!


  3. sorry mixing up my regulatory bodies

    D'oh, I meant Ofqual might take a dim view – sorry.

  4. expressions of interest

    In the past when we offered NVQs we asked for expressions of interest. 250 words on why they want to do the NVQ and what benefits they perceive it would bring to the organisation and to themselves. Also how they plan to organise their time to complete the NVQ.

    We didn't ask for any endorsement from the line managers.


    As a NVQ assessor I would say the most common failure through the NVQ is people not planning enough to do the work involved. 


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