Questions and answers about NVQs

  • It enables the rapid establishment of a basis for the formal recognition of professional competences. Many professions (which are also changing or emerging) are learned by individuals independently on the labour market or by working in a company. NPQs enable such individuals to obtain a formal document or official certificate of their competences for these professions relatively easily;
  • 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 NPQs can replace or facilitate internal vetting procedures for job seekers;
  • It enables companies to adequately evaluate and increase employee motivation and their own competitiveness in the market.

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 NPQs 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.

The NVQ, together with other professional qualifications at the national level, is 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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