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Re-visiting the NVQ debate: 'bad' qualifications, expansive learning environments and prospects for upskilling workers

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NVQs have endured nearly two decades of criticism on philosophic and practical grounds. This paper uses qualitative evidence to report the impact of this qualification for groups of lower grade staff working in the healthcare sector and finds beneficial effects on acquisition of knowledge and skills, personal attributes and pay and career progression. It analyses the reasons for the apparent success of the qualification and argues that this lies in specific features of the workplaces concerne...

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University of Manchester
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ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) Publisher's website
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SKOPE Research Paper
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http://www.skope.ox.ac.uk/publications
Publication date:
2007-01-01
Paper number:
71, April 2007
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English
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2010-06-29

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