Norman Gentry Consulting is an approved CITY and GUILDS centre
Work based N.V.Q./S.V.Q. in catering and hospitality now offered
National Vocational Qualifications - or N.V.Q.s for short - have been around for some ten years now. They are recognised throughout the Hospitality Industry as an effective method of identifying and rewarding good working practices.
What are they exactly?
Vocational means 'at work' and this is the key feature of N.V.Q.s. The idea is that you demonstrate your skills in a real working situation, so you don't just complete a task in isolation but learn to cope with the whole environment - working to a deadline, dealing with other people, meeting legal requirements such as hygiene, coping with unexpected situations.
Who are they for?
Anyone who is planning to work in catering and hospitality can do an N.V.Q. You will be offered advice on the best qualification to suit you, which will depend on the job you want to do, how experienced you are and the type of establishment you are in. There are no entry requirements and no age limits.
You can start an N.V.Q. whether you are new to the industry and want to learn new skills, if you are looking for promotion, or if you simply want recognition for the skills you have.
How do you achieve an N.V.Q.?
Firstly, you have to learn the skills. Then you need to prove that you can meet the national standards laid down in the N.V.Q., and the standards expected by your employer. You achieve the qualification by being assessed, or measured, against these standards. This means that a qualified person will literally observe you at work, and ask you questions to ensure that you understand the tasks and the theory behind them.
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