Education, education, education…
“…to establish educational courses and recognised academic qualifications to precipitate higher levels of professional knowledge and conduct.”
WIA, November 2012
Within a pervading atmosphere of swingeing cuts made across the entire landscape of secondary, further and higher education, there are not many examples of proposals to create original, officially recognised, vocational qualifications which meet the dual requirement to:
a) aid those seeking employment
b) elevate the level of professional knowledge and conduct among employers.
The Wine Investment Association have commissioned (with a view towards the declared ultimate aim of “Institute” status) the creation of a group of progressive courses of study (“qualifications”), to meet the criteria set out by Ofqual in accordance with the UK Qualification and Credit Framework.
The increased importance of UK QCF
The Qualifications and Credit Framework is a new way of recognising achievement through the award of credit for the achievement of units and qualifications. It gives individuals the opportunity to learn in a more flexible way and enables a wider range of organisations… to have their training recognised.
Following accreditation the first three courses will be set at UK QCF Levels 1, 2 & 3 to mirror levels of attainment aimed for by those enrolled on courses currently available elsewhere in the UK wine industry.