Training programmes and government funded training can often be full of jargon, we have done our best to simplify some of those words:
Apprenticeships allow people to learn on the job, while building up skills and gaining qualifications. Advanced Apprenticeships give people the training, skills and qualifications that they need to go into Management or higher.
Vocational (work-based) learning schemes.
The process of making judgements, against criteria, about performance. Grading and evaluating work undertaken on a course. This may include exams and course work.
The occupational specialist who judges a candidates performance criteria and range statements of the target qualification.
A term used for qualifications (Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees etc).
A range of skills that underpin success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development. These include communication, application of number and information technology.
These are qualifications, designed to teach the skills that employers will want. BTECs are available at different levels, depending on previous qualifications, and can be used to go straight into employment, or for higher education, doing an HND or diploma
The ability to perform an activity within a work role to the standards expected of employment.
The term data protection describes a set of rules that protect the privacy of individuals and make sure their personal data is handled fairly and lawfully. It covers a range of personal information, such as contact details and date of birth. The Data protection Act 1998, the rules for how personal information should be handled and processed, is enforced by the Information Commissioner
The Data Protection Act 1998, enforced by the Information Commissioner, sets out rules for how personal information should be handled and processed. It came into force on 1 March 2000 and applies to both paper and electronic data
The Act gives individuals several rights, including the right to find out what information is held about them and the right for their personal data not to be used for marketing purposes. It also contacts eight best practice principles that data controllers (individuals and companies that hold information about people) are encouraged to work towards.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) aims to tackle discrimination against disabled people. It gives disabled people rights in the areas of employment, buying or renting land or property, and access to goods, facilities and services. It also allows the Government to set minimum standards
The formal process of actually starting an NVQ through a training provider. It usually involves completing an enrolment form
Can be produced in a variety of formats, but has to relate directly to the element being assessed.
These are the prescribed sources of evidence that a everyone must show to demonstrate competence.
This aims to attract and meet the needs of a wider range of students than those who are able to follow the traditional route of full-time study on site. It includes part-time and distance learning and often makes use of technology to help students access resources off-campus and out of hours
Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT for all learners aged 14 and above. Functional Skills provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.
Information, Advice and Guidance
Information and Communication Technology
Individual Learner Record
Individual Learning Plan
Qualifications are grouped together into ‘levels’ making it easier to see what a particular qualification is equivalent to, for example, A-levels and BTEC nationals are both Level 3 qualifications.
|Level 1||GCSEs grades D-G BTEC Introductory Diplomas and Certificates NVQs at level 1|
|Level 2||GCSEs grades A*-C BTEC Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas at level 2 NVQs at level 2|
|Level 4||Certificates of Higher Education BTEC Professional Diplomas Certificates and Awards HNCs|
|Level 5||HNCs and HNDs Other higher diplomas BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards|
Key Skills are a range of essential skills that underpin success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development. Available across all post - 16 routes in the UK, they include communication, application of number and information technology.
National Vocational Qualifications are work-based qualifications.
NVQ Assessors work with candidates to help them meet the occupational standards (competences) needed to gain National Vocational qualifications
Assessment of a candidate is made against set performance criteria. These are statements that define the performance by the candidate to a level acceptable in employment.
Evidence produced by candidates actions, e.g. observation of candidates at work, examples of there work.
Folder in which evidence of competence is collected and presented
The arrangements and systems provided by the assessment centre to ensure quality of NVQ programmes.
A specific task within the occupational area. Every unit has a title which must be recognisable to an employer.
The monitoring process to ensure assessments are carried out to specified standards as laid down by awarding body.
Person responsible for ensuring quality control is maintained and assessments are reliable/consistent.
Any training that prepares students for a particular trade or occupation, often (but not always) involving manual or practical activities. There are vocational qualifications in a wide range of subjects and they tend to be more 'hands-on' than academic qualifications.
'Work-based training' generally describes training while a person is employed. The training is usually based on the needs of the individual's career and employer, and can lead to nationally recognised qualifications. It provides employees with the vocational skills and knowledge they need to carry out their job competently or advance their career.