An NVQ is a qualification that is based on nationally agreed standards and recognises the competence of a person in a work situation. They give people credit for what they do in their job role on a day to day basis, unlike traditional qualifications that rely on teaching and examinations.

These courses help individuals expand on their knowledge and skills, which are needed for education, the workplace, and life. Employers and professionals often prefer NVQ qualifications because they can clearly see the skills develop in their employees.

City & Guilds courses can be undertaken in the workplace or in an approved centre, or a combination of them both. No prior qualifications are needed, you can start when you'd like and could complete it at your own pace, with some completing the course within six months or less. Students on a school or college placement can also take these qualifications. Once you successfully complete a City and Guilds course, you can take another NVQ of a higher level or continue studying diplomas, awards and certificates. This is a flexible way to advance in the workplace and add to your career progression.

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