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Managing NVQs in the further and higher education sector ten years after their introduction

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This paper examines the management of NVQs by colleges of further and higher education ten years after their initial introduction to colleges in Northern Ireland. In-depth interviews were carried out with middle and senior college management. The interview protocol was developed to obtain contemporary insights into NVQ management in the further and higher education sector. The findings report a positive experience at management level and the benefits of working in collaboration with employers, but frustrations remain at the pace of progress during this period. The study also shows that due to this pace and the limited level of development during the early part of the past decade of NVQ delivery, more work remains to improve the working relationships between colleges and employers at all levels of NVQ delivery. It also provides a foundation upon which to monitor developments periodically as NVQs have now become fully embedded within the further and higher education sector.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University, 5A Lennoxvale, Belfast BT9 5BY, UK. School of Education, University of Ulster, Shore Road, Whiteabbey, Co. Antrim BT 37 0QB, UK

Publication date: August 1, 2003

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