Industry Forum is proud to deliver an Ofsted grade 2 standard learning experience across a range of nationally recognised qualifications. Our proposition is to deliver learn-by-doing educational solutions, linked where possible to nationally recognised qualifications, in the workplace to inspire and engage people in the learning process.
Our learning services can be tailored to meet the needs of both your organisation and employees. In addition our services are always focused on supporting sustained improved business performance. Completing a short training needs assessment is all that we need to do to prepare a bespoke qualification framework to support your improvement strategy. Our prime focus has been to underpin improvement programmes with the NVQ Diploma in Business-Improvement Techniques delivering some fantastic business and individual performance results.
You may operate internationally or solely outside of the UK but value the rigour of our vocational qualification structures. Industry Forum has the expertise to adapt and align our programmes and these qualification structures. We can work with you and our Sector Skills Council partners to accredit and certificate your programme!
Vocational qualifications can be broken down into four simple categories al of which can be delivered by Industry Forum.
Note the NVQs – National Vocational Qualifications and Vocational Related Qualifications (VRQs) are based on national occupational standards.
- NVQs – National Vocational Qualifications e.g. NVQ Diploma in Business-Improvement Techniques (B-IT). These standards refer to outcomes that can be assessed and that define the competencies, knowledge and understanding needed in a given occupation. National occupational standards cover almost every occupation, are presented as units and form the basis of all NVQs.
NVQs are qualifications delivered in the workplace or other settings that replicate the working environment. These qualifications are outcome-based with no prescribed learning programme, allowing for flexible delivery and tailored to meet the individual learner’s needs.
The relevant sector body determines the qualification content, structure and assessment strategy. Achievement is certifiable at unit level, with mutual recognition between awarding bodies. Quality assurance processes guarantee consistency, validity, reliability, sufficiency, currency and authenticity of evidence at a national level.
- VRQs – Vocationally Related Qualifications
VRQs are typically based on national occupational standards having a balance of both academic and practical skills to better prepare the learner for a career or further study e.g VRQ Certificate in Business-Improvement Techniques. A VRQ is a qualification that provides knowledge and understanding in a particular subject area. It is not about competence, which is the job of an NVQ but can prepare learners to deal with the underpinning knowledge and understanding which is required in an NVQ.
- Technical Certificates
Technical Certificates are VRQs (Vocationally Related Qualifications) which prepare candidates to deal with the knowledge and understanding required in a NVQ within a particular apprenticeship framework.
We deliver the EAL’s (EMTA Awards Limited) Engineering & Technology VRQs at Level 2 and 3 and EAL’s Level 2 Certificate in Business-Improvement Techniques as part of the newly accredited Technical Certificates used in the engineering Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship frameworks.
- Apprenticeships e.g. The new B-IT Apprenticeships framework at level 2.
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:
1 – Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.
2 – Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Apprenticeship.
3 – Higher Apprenticeships
Higher apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree.