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I feel cheated by the system


Sir, I am a part-time brickwork lecturer at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne. I am writing in total disgust at the way training companies are dealing out NVQs when they carry out On Site Assessment and Training.

It has taken a work colleague of mine a total of four hours, spread over about six weeks, to gain an NVQ level 2, which took me and countless other students throughout the UK and Ireland 10 months to gain - and we had to sit ICA examinations. These training companies visit a particular site, watch a bricklayer work for approximately 20 minutes and sign them off!

They are then issued with a question paper, which they can take home, fill in and bring back. In most cases they are photocopied and passed around from operative to operative.

I feel, along with others who have followed the NVQ path, that it has been a complete and utter waste of time. Having to work alongside a 'self-taught' bricklayer, who gained his qualification in one tenth of the time it took me and others to gain, is an insult. What is the point of going to college?

I feel cheated and know I am not alone. Please let me know your views.

Mick Didcote m. didcote@sussexdowns. ac. uk