October 2014 update

22 October 2014

This month’s update includes news about vocational training events, ESOLs transition from NQF to QCF and QCF accreditation for Lead Verifiers. 

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Vocational training events

There are a number of skills qualifications training events scheduled in the upcoming months, including events for Functional Skills, MySkills, Skilled for Life, WorkSkills, public services and hospitality.

These fill up quickly, so please don't hesitate to book a place for yourself (or a colleague).

View more information and book your events place

Qualification reform for 14- to 19-year-olds - A handy guide

Jim Dobson, Director, Regulatory Stakeholder Relations, has designed a guide to give a quick overview of the qualification reform in England from 2010.

The guide was written to help you understand the different changes that are currently being implemented or that are due to be introduced by 2019.

Have a look at the reforms guide.

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MySkills - Feedback required

We’re conducting some research into our MySkills qualifications and have created two very short surveys (3 questions each). We would be very grateful if you could answer them for us.

Fill out the Money and Finance Skills survey

Fill out the Home Cooking Skills survey

We appreciate your feedback, which will help us to continually improve our qualifications.

ESOL - Transition from NQF to QCF ESOL

The NQF qualifications are available until 31 December 2014 when they will expire for new registrations. The final assessment opportunity is 30 April 2015 and the final certification date is 30 June 2015.

The QCF qualifications are all now available, with the first assessment opportunity on 17 November 2014.

Achievements in the NQF qualifications cannot be recognised as prior learning for the new QCF version.

See more information about the new QCF ESOL qualifications

Vacancies for SVs - Home Cooking Skills

We’re looking to recruit and train BTEC practitioners for the role of BTEC QCF Standards Verifier (SV) and have vacancies for all sectors during 2014-15, including Home Cooking Skills QCF

QCF Standards Verifiers undertake sampling of centres’ assessment and internal verification decisions in order to confirm that national standards have been met. They provide support to centres during the sampling process and produce targeted actions for centres where national standards are not being upheld. Learn more about the role of Standards Verifier.

For queries, please email btecrecruitment@pearson.com.

QCF Accreditation for Lead Verifiers 2014-15

The window for OSCA is available from 21 August to 5 November 2014 and there will be changes to the QCF accreditation process for Lead Verifiers in 2014-15.

See the testing dates and QCF accreditation process changes

The following links will give you some more information about the process and role:

BTEC Quality Assurance: BTEC from 2010 - OSCA Support
Centre Roles and Responsibilities: Lead Internal Verifiers


If you’re interested in setting up a skills qualifications network in your area, please email teachingskills@pearson.com.


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