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National Vocational Qualifications. NVQs and the Institution

This paper is intended to provide background information on National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) as they are likely to affect the Institution of Structural Engineers and, in particular, its role as a qualifying body for the profession of structural engineering. As a general introduction to the topic, I quote the introduction and the fundamental criteria from the Guide to National Vocational Qualifications published by the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) in March 1991. The acronyms ‘NVQ’ and ‘NCVQ’ are but two to digest in tackling this topic; there are also many new terms employed in place of otherwise familiar ones. Annoying as this may be, it provides a common vocabulary for a wide range of different areas of employment covered by NVQs. In this paper, I shall be concentrating attention on the construction industry. B. Simpson