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A Quality Transformation in Vocational Education: An Explanation of GNVQs

Alison Mather (Works at the NHS Training Division, Bristol, UK, where she belongs to a small team which monitors developments in the education and training world with a view to their potential impact on NHS recruitment, staffing and staff development.)

Health Manpower Management

ISSN: 0955-2065

Article publication date: 1 August 1994


General Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs) are one element in a range of exciting developments in vocational education and training. Aims to explain the GNVQ structure and application in the health‐care field. This is the first in a series of three produced by the NHS Training Division. The second will explore the potential of GNVQs and the barriers to the realization of that potential. Following research by NHS Training Division, the final article will explore the acceptability of GNVQs in the health‐care sector as a passport to employment, further, higher and professional education and training, and in continuing professional/ occupational development.



Mather, A. (1994), "A Quality Transformation in Vocational Education: An Explanation of GNVQs", Health Manpower Management, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 16-18.




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