National Vocational Qualification

NVQs are work-related, competence-based qualifications developed by representatives from industry, commerce and education, and approved by the UK’sThe Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). NVQs reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the NVQ represents.

NVQs are based on UK-approved National Occupational Standards. These standards are statements of performance that describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do and know. National Occupational Standards define all the main aspects of an occupation, including current best practice, the ability to adapt to future requirements and the knowledge and understanding that underpin competent performance. NVQs range from Level 1 (Basic) to Level 5 (Senior Management). SPSP provides NVQ training to Level 2 within the 2-year full-time program, defined within the UK National Qualifications Framework as:

‘Competence which involves the application of knowledge and skills in a significant range of varied work activities, performed in a variety of contexts. Some of the activities are complex or non-routine, and there is some individual responsibility and autonomy. Collaboration with others, perhaps through membership of a work group or team, may often be a requirement.’

The Performing Engineering Operations is a highly practical, competence-based qualification. It forms the basis of the Modern Apprenticeship program for oil and gas technicians in the UK. It is a program designed for school and college-leavers entering the petrochemical industry. The learning goals of the qualification are based on occupational standards that apply across a range of engineering disciplines, and at SPSP, delivery will be tailored to petroleum services.

The NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations is an internationally recognized qualification currently provided to major energy companies, including in the Middle East, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, and Saudi Arabian Chevron.

Students on all six Technical Specialty Award programs will complete the same six core subjects and obtain an NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations. While the Drilling Services pathway students will then start an IADC Certificate in Drilling Program. These specialist units account for approximately two-thirds of the Mechanical Maintenance and Electrical Maintenance program. The NVQ Certificate includes a full list of the unit options taken by students, so that future employers and trainers will have a clear understanding of their competency.

To ensure quality of delivery and external recognition of achievement, the award is accredited by PAAVQ-SET, a leading awarding body that specializes in accreditation of the energy and process sectors. PAAVQ-SET will monitor the quality of the course and its delivery, and provide certification to successful candidates. SPSP now has Centre Approval for delivering the NVQ Level 1 and 2 PEO, including the new assessor and internal quality assurance qualifications PAAVQ-SET under the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) by the UKThe Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). UK recognized frameworks which will allow allocation of credits to enable progression to UK colleges and universities.

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