Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) are nationally
recognised qualifications in England, Wales and Northern
are Six VRQs in fish and shellfish (see left),
VRQs are at Level 3;
are ideal for managers and supervisors
are are all Awards, ranging in size from 10 to 12 credits;
are not replacements for NVQs but are a type of qualification
new to the fish and shellfish industry;
suited for delivery by a training provider, college or
Seafood Academy recognised trainer.
Vocational Qualifications are designed for delivery in a learning
environment rather than a workplace. They usually combine Underpinning
Knowledge (UK) units with Vocational Skills (VS) units, to make
up a qualification or programme that contains both knowledge and
opportunities to demonstrate practical skills. They are similar
to Improve Proficiency Qualifications and may share some Underpinning
are four types of units that make up Improve's Qualification
structure. The image below shows that the work-based proficiency
qualification is made up of two or three types of units -
Occupational Skills (OS), Occupational Knowledge (OK), Underpinning
Knowledge (UK)that combine the work-based skills (OS) and
work-based knowledge (OK) with any appropriate underlying
principles (UK) of a process to produce a qualification that
is fit for purpose.
the Underpinning Knowledge units with the appropriate Vocational
Skills (VS) units can lead to a Vocationally Related Qualification
(VRQ). This type of qualification is ideally suited to College
or training provider delivery outside of the workplace.
new units have been written to support the six new qualifications.
of these new units are Level 3 underpinning knowledge units that
will eventually be included in the IPQ
framework for workbased qualifications. This framework will
eventually lead to new workbased qualifications at level 3 in fish
and shellfish for managers and supervisors.