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Title: Are there any identifiable factors which enhance/diminish the likelihood of an engineering company in the Nottingham area choosing an NVQ route as the means of meeting its training needs?
Author: Ryan, Michael Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0001 3543 4974
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2000
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The 1990's saw dramatic changes to the structure of education and training in England and Wales. Vocational Education and Training experienced a greater degree of centralisation in determining the training needs of all sectors of industry than in the past, in response to perceived skills' shortages. National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) were introduced to bring a degree of standardisation to training schemes, and, ostensibly, to place vocational and academic qualifications on an equal footing. The aim of this research has been to examine the implementation of NVQs in engineering in the Greater Nottingham area from the perspective of management of change. It has concentrated on the effects of change on those directly responsible for managing training programmes within their companies, and their reactions to it. A model for the management of change has been developed, which has been used to interrogate the data obtained from semi-structured interviews. By coincidence, or fate, the research has been completed shortly before the introduction of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). A number of similarities have been discovered in the training backgrounds of those involved, despite differences in such factors as the engineering sectors in which they work, the size and age of their company. The major conclusion drawn from the results has been the need to ensure that readiness, relevance and resources are identified for those required to implement change practically, through the context, nature and politics of the change, if they are to engage with the vision. A pre-requisite of this is the need to identify the key people at an operational level. The implication of this study is that this has not been addressed in a systematic way for engineering in the Greater Nottingham conurbation. The result has been a flawed implementation of the original intention, which has led to the development of informal, ad-hoc relationships to fill the vacuum. These are matters to be addressed by the newly appointed LSC if similar errors are not to be perpetuated.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: National vocational; Implementation