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Government, Markets and Vocational Qualifications An Anatomy of Policy

By Peter Raggatt, Steve Williams Copyright 1999
    230 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

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    During the 1980s and 1990s the elaboration of a reformed system of vocational qualifications was perhaps the most controversial of all the governments efforts to improve the provision of vocational education and training. Based largely on interviews with nearly 100 individuals who were closely involved with these reforms, this book provides an in-depth account of the origins, development and implementation of NVQ and GNVQ policies. In accounting for the progress of vocational qualifications policy three main areas are covered by the book. Firstly the authors look at the origins of the reformed system, then examine the initial implementation of the NVQ and GNVQ policies in the late 1980s and early 1990s and identify the considerable problems that accompanied the reform process. Thirdly, the book focuses on the ways in which the reformed policy was sustained during the 1990s.

    Introduction Chapter 1 Vocational Qualifications Past and Present Chapter 2 Towards a Competence-based System: Contextualizing the Reform of Vocational Qualifications Chapter 3 ‘Motherhood and Apple Pie’: The Review of Vocational Qualifications in England and Wales 1985–1986 Chapter 4 Ambiguity Resolved: The Implementation of NVQ Policy 1987–1989 Chapter 5 Embedding the Reforms: NVQ and SVQ Policy 1990–1993 Chapter 6 Coherence for 16- to 19-Year-Olds: The Origins and Development of GNVQ Policy Chapter 7 Rigour, Review and Relaxation: Vocational Qualifications Policy 1994–1997 Chapter 8 The Reform of Vocational Qualifications: An Anatomy of Policy. Conclusion: Government, Markets and Vocational Qualifications


    Peter Raggatt, Steve Williams Principal Lecturer in Employment Relations, Portsmouth University