Advantages of a National Vocational Qualification

Quick acquisition of an official document of professional qualification

The NVQ enables a relatively quick and simple acquisition of an official vocational qualification document as it can take into account and recognise work experience and non-formal learning. However, if a candidate for an NVQ does not demonstrate all the knowledge and skills for the desired NVQ, shorter training programmes for the missing knowledge and skills are sometimes available, which may ultimately lead to a formal acquisition of a qualification despite a possible lack of previous work experience.

Rationalisation of staffing

  • It offers the possibility of overcoming staffing constraints in employment due to the lack of public documents, as it helps companies to obtain formal bases for employment or job retention or promotions in the event of inadequate education, etc.
  • In the NVQ, competences, skills, and knowledge are clearly recorded, which increases the transparency of all employee knowledge and skills, ensuring greater transparency of staffing, easier coordination of workers and jobs, and thus a better use of knowledge and higher productivity in the company.
  • It contributes to a more effective planning of education and training of employees.
  • It reduces the personnel costs of employees, as companies can leave the verification of candidates to NVQ identification and validation process operators.
  • It helps recruit new workers, as NVQs can replace or facilitate internal vetting procedures for job seekers.
  • It enables companies to adequately evaluate and increase employee motivation, as well as their own competitiveness in the market.

Externality and quality of staffing

The NVQ has an important advantage over internal qualifications of companies, as it allows for greater externality and quality of qualification procedures. NVQ verification and validation process providers and members of NVQ verification and validation committees are accredited by a national institution – the Slovenian National Examinations Centre (RIC). The conditions for providers and members of commissions are set out in a catalogue for each individual NVQ and are also prepared in cooperation with companies. The National Examinations Centre also takes care of the task bank for individual NVQs and appoints members of commissions for each individual examination. The role of company representatives in NVQ verification and validation committees is to ensure the quality of personnel entering the labour market from NVQ with their professional, ethical, and independent approach to NVQ verification and validation.

NVQs respond quickly to the needs of businesses

  • The NVQ system offers a number of NVQs that companies need, and companies can also request the preparation of a new NVQ at any time.
  • NVQs are labour market orders, so companies engage and participate in all stages of their preparation. This approach in the preparation of an NVQ means that current competences, skills, and knowledge that are important for companies form part of the qualifications.
  • The NVQs allow for the rapid establishment of a basis for the formal recognition of already acquired professional qualifications. Many professions (which are also changing or emerging) are learned by individuals independently on the labour market or by working in a company. NVQs thus enable individuals to obtain a formal document or official certificate of their competence for these professions relatively easily.
  • The preparation of new or the revision of existing NPQs is achieved through fast-track procedures – from the request by companies to prepare an NVQ to its legal and formal implementation. The response to technological changes, changes in work processes, and changes in the nature of work can thus be very rapid with the help of the NVQ system. Such flexibility and adaptability makes the NVQ system respond much more quickly to market changes and staffing needs of companies than the school education system.
  • NVQs are also being prepared for the labour market in areas where education programmes do not offer any formal qualifications, which further helps to quickly close the gap between demand and supply in the labour market.

NVQs form part of the Slovenian Qualifications Framework (SOK)

The NVQ, together with other professional qualifications at the national level, forms part of the Slovenian Qualifications Framework (SOK), which is also linked to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Any employer in the European Union can use the EQF’s online database to check the skills and competences of an individual who has obtained a specific qualification, which provides the possibility of a mutual recognition of qualifications and employment in different EU countries.

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