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Apprentices: Assessments

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the NVQ component of apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships is tested entirely by written examination; what the length is of that examination; and what proportion of the examination contains multiple choice questions. (132953)

[holding answer 20 April 2007]: The NVQ component of apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships assessing competence in the workplace is rarely tested by written examination, though this method could be appropriate to some sectors where competence and knowledge elements of the framework are integrated. The NVQ component is normally assessed by apprentices accumulating a portfolio of evidence of practical achievements. Assessment methods vary between sectors and are determined for apprenticeship frameworks by the appropriate Sector Skills Councils, Sector Bodies and employers in collaboration with the QCA.