Reporter 395, 20 January 1997


Qualifying through Quality

Trinity and All Saints University College has become a NVQ Assessment centre and is offering training in eight occupational areas to industry. Vocational Qualifications are based on a person proving competence in a particular subject or profession, rather than sitting a written examination. Participants are judged at work, on live projects not theory, creating a level of work-related qualifications never before available. The new vocational qualifications are open to all staff, at all levels and ages, who set their own pace achieving standards in their own workplace. "The College is ideally suited to become an Assessment Centre, as many of our professional courses have a strong vocational element to them", says Di Burton, a senior lecturer in the School of Media and NVQ Centre Co-ordinator."In addition, our work placement scheme and strong links with outside organisations, provide the opportunity for work experience." The College has received a strong endorsement of the quality of its work from the HEQC, with particular commendation for a number of things, including its course design and appointment procedures. The College Principal, Gerald Turnbull, says the Report is a source of pride and encouragement for every member of the College. The following subject areas are now offered to industry: Business Administration, Customer Service, International Trade and Services, Languages, Marketing, Newspaper Journalism, Selling, Training and Development Standards. Approval was gained for each occupational area at the first visit.

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