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Frequently asked questions related to NVQ's with Develop

Read our FAQ for NVQ training, including details on the range of programmes that we provide.

What is an NVQ (SVQ)?

A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is a work-related, competency-based qualification. These are usually completed in the workplace and are designed for you to gain the specific skills and knowledge needed to do the job.

In Scotland NVQ's are referred to as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ), these qualifications are very similar or the same as the NVQ offered in the rest of the UK but mapped against the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) opposed to the Qualification Credit Framework which operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Why should we take the QCF NVQ route?

  • The QCF NVQ route can be used to give new and existing workers the skills and competencies they require to do their job well, and do it safely, whether they are a junior member of the team or a supervisor.
  • NVQ’s are created using National Occupational Standards (NOS) which have been developed for employers, by employers through the relevant Sector Skills Council or Standards Setting Organisation. This allows the qualification to be designed following the workplace functions and ensures that the learner is performing against the set criteria of the task and understands the underpinning knowledge relating to the function.
  • QCF or SCQF NVQ’s and SVQ's can be tailored to suit the learners experience and skills, for example a learner new to the industry may be more suited to a unitary offering which offers bite sized learning against a more achievable assessment outcomes or an apprenticeship.
  • More experienced learners may be more suited to a similar unitary approach or decided to attempt a full NVQ over a set period of time.
  • Develop Training also have a number of solutions designed to help you create the correct attitudes in the workplace and improve health and safety awareness as well as management development.
  • Also you will be helping to fill the current skills shortages in the Utility Industry, which requires the recruitment of 200,000 staff in to the sector by 2023.

How many individuals have under taken the S/NVQ route?

Develop have trained over 5500 individuals via our various NVQ routes over the past 5 years.

What companies have you provided NVQ's for?

We have worked with a wide variety of companies including AMEC, Balfour Beatty, Skanska and tRIIO Utility Solutions, Morrison Utility Solutions, SGN, Scottish water, National Grid and Forefront Utilities.

What do Develops clients say about the NCO programmes?

Forefront Utilities said, "We would like to thank Develop Training for their support regarding the recent NCO1 course. The trainer was helpful and friendly which made the new starters feel at ease. They have not been in this industry before and are not aware of the dangers or work that lies ahead of them. The trainer gave them all of the information and also additional guidance when they requested it."

Do you only work with large organisations?

No, at Develop we work with large and small organisations. Putting skills before qualifications is at the heart of the solutions provided to our customers, which begins with an assessment of an individual’s training needs against the relevant skills and competencies held at the core of the role they undertake. This information is then used to build a training plan for each individual.

What S/NVQ programmes do Develop Provide?

We have a number of S/NVQ programmes available:

  • National Construction Operations (NCO) in Gas and Water Level's 1-3 in Mains Laying and Service Laying - (award, certificate and diplomas).
  • Training, assessment, Quality Assurance (TAQA) Level 3.
  • Leakage Detection (Water) Levels 2 and 3.
  • Control of Process Operations (CPO) Level 3.
  • Other NVQ's are available; please call us to discuss your training requirements.

Is there an NCO programme covering both gas and water combined?

We are one of the first technical training providers to offer the new Multi-Utility NCO in Gas and Water. This is part of our drive to help create a sustainable multi-skilled utilities workforce for the future. Click here to find out more.

How can the NCO programme covering both gas and water help my organisation?

By covering the core skills and competencies required to work on both Gas and Water distribution networks, this new programme will give employers and their workforce more flexibility and the increased ability to meet their contractual requirements whether working with a Gas or Water client.

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