NVQs and Apprenticeships

 

Working with Ventrus Multi-Academy Trust staff, we have come together to look at what was needed to develop CPD opportunities for Teaching Assistants and other non-teaching staff members, of which NVQ’s were an important part of this offer.

We have been working with GP Strategies, a National company, as a provider for these qualifications.

Training is done within the workplace with a tutor coming out to support the learner.

There are a full range of courses on offer such as:

  • Teaching Assistant Level 3
  • Early Years Educator Level 3
  • Business Administrator Level 3
  • Team Leader Level 3
  • Departmental Manager Level 5

We currently have various Trust Employees signed up to Apprenticeships within either their Teaching role or Admin.

FAQs

What does 'NVQ' stand for?

NVQ stands for ‘National Vocational Qualifications’.

What qualifications do I need?

You need GCSE’s graded C or above in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications in these subjects, as well as a qualification in IT.

If you don’t have these you can undertake a functional skills test which will make sure you are able to proceed with the NVQ.

What is the commitment and how do they work?

The commitment is 10-12 months and you will be assigned a tutor that will come in every 3-4 weeks to observe you, conduct guided discussions and collect evidence.

You will also be given written assignments which usually equates to about 4 hours per month of written work dependent on which qualification you are doing.

What is an NVQ equivalent too?

  • Level 2 is equivalent to  GCSE A* to C
  • Level 3/4 is equivalent to A levels
  • Level 5 is equivalent to a Higher National Diploma

What is the age limit?

Courses are available to anyone of any age.