There are many benefits of achieving a VQ in your chosen profession of which the most frequently noted are:
1. Do I need to go college or training courses?
The assessment process is carried out in the work place so there is no requirement for you to attend college or any training courses.
2. How long does the assessment process take?
It depends on the type of work that you are doing and whether it is sufficient to cover the whole qualification. On average the total assessment time taken is about 20 hours.
3. I have City & Guilds certification. Do these qualify me for a VQ?
No, the assessment process requires on-site observation of you performing work place activities within your normal work environment. As VQs do not allow exemptions, certification such as City & Guilds cannot be used as evidence of competence but will assist with the underpinning knowledge and understanding elements of the qualification.
4. Is there an age barrier or any other barriers?
There are no age or time restrictions. Using your assessor for guidance, you can plan the assessments to suit both you and your employer’s needs. There are no formal examinations to be sat as the assessment is a measure of your competence to perform work place activities within your normal work environment.
5. What range of occupations do VQs cover?
VQs are available throughout a wide range of occupations within the engineering construction industry. Vocational qualifications at the managerial and professional levels (normally level 4 and 5) could significantly help to gain entry into a professional institution.
6. I work for a small company, would this exclude me?
The size of the company does not matter at all. Indeed in some aspects working in small/medium company may prove to be an advantage with the employer being able to give the individual a broader experience.