NVQs and Vocational Competence Qualifications ("VCQ's")
You will achieve National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) (SVQ's in Scotland) or VCQ's through assessment and training in the workplace. These are nationally recognised qualifications that are accepted by employers and academic institutes.
People who complete an Apprenticeship will gain an NVQ or VCQ Level 2. Advanced Apprenticeships lead to an NVQ or VCQ at Level 3.
Key skills (Core skills in Scotland and essential skills in Wales)
All Apprentices are required to demonstrate their abilities in skills such as communication, number skills, and information technology. These skills are essential skills that underpin success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development and they are essential to compete effectively in the labour market, in any field.
Technical certificates (also called Vocationally Related Qualifications or "VRQ's")
Technical certificates focus on the knowledge and understanding that underpins the NVQ competencies. They may also cover wider aspects of the chosen occupation or sector. They prove that the Apprentice understands the theory behind the job as well as being able to carry out the practical tasks.