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The year I finished my elec apprenticeship with the NCB in 1968, was the first year of practical tests, due to so many tradesmen finishing with high paper qualifications but useless on the tools and under pressure. Of all the ones in my class, we all failed, not because we didn't do the tests correctly, but because we didn't know how they wanted us to do the tests, ie like an advanced drivers class.

After we failed, our Instructor gave us the bad news, "You've all failed, BUT, you all completed the test proficiently.. " Then he said, we would be booked into a second retest in one months time.'

Then he told us how to take the test, "Tell me isolation procedures, tell me what you fine, tell me how you're proceeding to fault find, tell me procedures for removing power from a district etc..

We all passed with flying colours in the second test, couple of weeks later our NCB completion certificate came through and full tradesman's pay.

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National Vocational Qualification , get for anything from washing your hands to wearing ear protectors waste of time,

 

Rog

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I think there are five levels, the first three are to show competence in what you do for a living,have a reasonable knowledge of where to get first aid treatment in the workplace, who to report to for information to do with the job you are performing, could be who to report to if things go wrong, the average level in the workplace is level three where you need to be able to provide writen evidence concerning health and safety in your work area,ie: where the first aid box is,who the first aider is,who to report an incident to, where the fire extinguishers are sited and what the different type are used for, Simple common sense stuff, as Phil said nobody fails, the candidates for the NVQ have an amount of time to answer questions like the ones written here.

The higher level NVQ's are mainly aimed at management and higher,they require more studies and more in depth evidence

 

Rog

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Thanks guys.  I guess back  In 1966 when I finished my apprenticeship they just expected you to have a bit of common sense.

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Not sure about this bit LL but I think it was a Tony Blair's government idea to give everyone in the country a recognised qualification, trouble is if you go elsewhere with your "qualification" the new company you go to will put you through it all again so are they really worth it?

 

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I think it's National Vocational Qualification. I got one for lifting a box correctly when I worked in stores.

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Thats the type of task you could get the NVQ for Fly, nice cetificate and something to put on your CV

 

Rog

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Manual Handling, that's what the course was called. Sounds a bit unsavoury to me !

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I was teaching at the CITB when NVQs were introduced and in a very short time the instructors decided that the correct terminology for the scheme was Not Very Qualified.

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Sounds very pc to me.  I think when most of us left school you did the job you were being paid for or you were out.

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Used to work at Meridian in dying and finishing 1983-1993. In the times when it was who you knew and not what. Awesome place and yummy breakfasts when on the morning shift. Loved the clubhouse with the snooker room downstairs and the factory shop was a room at the front with pasting tables and a few seconds t shirts on. Not forgetting the shop across the road for a cheese n pickle cob for afternoon snap. 

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