ADCAS supports NVQ

ADCAS has pledged its full support for a brand new course for the trainees who will form the next generation of management for the UK ductwork industry.
Organised in conjunction with SummitSkills and Bexley College, the course is the first of its kind to provide day-release students with a college-based NVQ L3 syllabus in this specialist subject. The new course will qualify as an Advanced Apprenticeship under the conditions of the scheme administered by the National Youth Agency to give 16-24 olds ‘earn-while-you-learn’ training.
Bexley, in Kent, is one of only four colleges in the UK to offer ductwork training – and now the only one to offer a classroom setting for NVQ L3 studies. Bexley will also continue to offer an APL course to this level for experienced mature workers who normally work through a fast-track programme with work-based assessment.
“We need to look beyond today,” said ADCAS President Malcolm Moss, at the announcement of the new course. “ADCAS has always stressed the importance of training – at every level – but no training is more important than the programme we offer to the young men and women who will lead our industry in the future.
“It is these young people – the management of the day after tomorrow – who will benefit from the new NVQ L3 Ductwork course. For the first time they can study at this level in an academic atmosphere away from the pressures of life on site. It’s a major advance for the ductwork industry and we hope that ADCAS members and others will make the most of the opportunity it offers.”
There will be places for up to 14 students on the first course at Bexley, which is due to start in January 2009.

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