NVQ’s

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    David
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    We are conisdering introducing NVQ’s as an option for our benefits team. If there is any LA that already has these in place, I would be very grateful for any information, either of a specific or general nature, that would help us a) making a decision whether to go ahead with this & b) if we go ahead, some guidance on the process.
    My e-mail is dweston@oxford.gov.uk

    #3549
    Mark_Payne
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    David

    We are an NVQ centre – I will email my contact details

    Mark

    #3550
    Anonymous
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    Last year, I was given the opportunity to take the Housing Benefits NVQ pilot, which I took. After 6 months I decided not to continue with the project. I originally saw it as an opportunity to develop my skills in this area, but it soon became obvious that NVQ’s do not allow you to improve your skills, but to demonstrate what you already know.

    If you want to help develop your staff’s knowledge and working practices, then you would be better off looking for other training courses. This course only allows the candidate to show what they are capable of. This would probably not be helpful for the LA as they are hopefully already aware of what their staff can do. This course only aids the candidate when they come to leave your authority to go to pastures new! And even then its useless unless the authority they join has a different system to the one they were using whilst gaining their NVQ as they will still need retraining!

    I personally found this course to be a total waste of 6 months of my time, but there are probably people out there who disagree.

    #3551
    Darren S
    Participant

    I agree with Matt – I started the NVQ about a year ago, and currently find it a waste of time. I am at Team leader level, and the course has basically nothing to do with my dailiy job (I don’t process claims).

    Also the optional units regarding health and safety etc – what is the point of these. I am all for developing myself, but find the NVQ a waste of time.

    #3552
    Darren S
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    I agree with Matt – I started the NVQ about a year ago, and currently find it a waste of time. I am at Team leader level, and the course has basically nothing to do with my dailiy job (I don’t process claims).

    Also the optional units regarding health and safety etc – what is the point of these. I am all for developing myself, but find the NVQ a waste of time.

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