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.
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.