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National Vocational Qualifications: Finance

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of per candidate funding National Vocational Qualification training providers received in advance in each of the last five years. (281186)

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are delivered through a range of training providers funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). This includes further education colleges and independent training providers.

The main route for delivering stand alone NVQ qualifications in the work place is through Train to Gain which was fully rolled out in 2006/07 academic year. From 2008/09 academic year, 75 per cent. of the cost of a Train to Gain course is paid monthly in arrears spread over the expected length of the programme, with 25 per cent. withheld and paid on achievement.

This approach is also used where an NVQ is delivered as part of an apprenticeship, with the exception that the 25 per cent. achievement payment for the NVQ is only paid on achievement of the whole apprenticeship framework rather than just the NVQ element.