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Training Level Definitions


We are a local organisation tasked with supporting local unemployed people into work. Part of our services involve accessing training for people to help them get jobs, or better jobs, and we require a standard definition across the board for the different types of training on offer. Does anyone have a definition of these three types of training - Vocational, Pre Vocational and Personal Development Training including examples where possible?
Janice Carter

3 Responses

  1. setting definitions
    while I am sure there are many here that could give you definitions – I suspect you would be better off adopting the definitions of your funders?
    I am making an assumption here… but… I suspect that most of your clients will be funded by you LSC or other simular organisation. As this type of activity is generally funding driven would it make sence to adopt the definitions held by your stakeholders rather than generate your own – only then to have to translate for bidding purposes?

    Do you really need one definition for each? While this is logical my experience from working on funded projects suggests that each project has its own unique criteria.



  2. A bit more
    While I agree with Mike to a large extent for me the following would do just fine:

    Pre-Vocational – training that is essential before someone begins to perform a job, when provided by the state this is often Level 1/2 qualifications

    Vocational – training that occurs on the job to ensure that the person is competent to work under supervision and then under their own supervision, again state provided training would put this at level 2/3/4/5/6/7 depending on the job.

    Personal Development training would be training designed to enhance a persons skills not necessarily aligned to their job, for example you could send a cook on a flower arranging course this would not be vocational training but would develop them as a person (if they couldn’t do flower arranging in the first place), it’s also training to gain additional skills above someone’s required skill set for example sending a manager on an enhanced coaching skills course, it makes them a better manager but without it they could still do their job.

    Hope that helps.


  3. Use the standard expressions
    Prevocational is the work needed to take advantage of vocational and includes numeracy, language skills etc.
    Vocational is studies that relate to the vocation or the work to be done e.g. aspects of catering, metalworking, computing, office manageent etc.
    Personal devlopment is the studies that develop you personally and help you as a person to work better. It could include communication skills, working in a team,cross cultural studies, time manageent etc. Your local FE college will run all of these types, look at their prospectuses


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