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National Vocational Qualification Line breaks: Na|tion¦al Vo|ca¦tion¦al Quali¦fi|ca¦tion
Pronunciation: /naʃnəlvəʊˈkeɪʃənlkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/

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(abbreviation: NVQ)

Definition of National Vocational Qualification in English:


(In the UK) a qualification in a vocational subject set at various levels and (at levels two and three) corresponding in standard to GCSE and GCE A levels.
Example sentences
  • Both of them lead to a National Vocational Qualification and a key skills qualification.
  • A further way of obtaining a safety qualification is to register for a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ, or SNVQ in Scotland).
  • They have already worked for a National Vocational Qualification and many have also achieved Duke of Edinburgh awards and first aid qualifications from St John Ambulance.

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