CoVE - Centre of Vocational Excellence
BLCW - Business Link Cheshire & Warrington
CLP - Cheshire Learning Partnership
D/deaf - refers to those Deaf people who describe themselves as British Sign Language users, and share a cultural identity as part of a linguistic minority within the Deaf community.
Deaf - refers to those deaf people with a hearing loss who consider themselves to have a hearing loss and feel more at ease within the Hearing world.
EBLO - Education Business Link Organisation
ESF - European Social Fund
ESOL - English Speakers of Other Languages
IAG - Information Advice and Guidance for Adults
ICT - Information and Communications Technology
LIF - Local Initiatives Fund
LIDF - Local Interventions and Development Fund
LLL - Lifelong Learning
LSC - Learning and Skills Council
NVQ - National Vocational Qualifications (see Summary of NVQ Levels)
SMEs - Small and Medium Enterprises
SRB - Single Regeneration Budget
SSCs - Sector Skills Councils
The Council - The Learning and Skills Council for Cheshire and Warrington
WLP - Warrington Learning Partnership
Summary of NVQ levels
NVQs are allocated to one of 5 levels, which range from competent performance at a very basic skill to competent performance at a senior management level.
Level 1: The most basic, GCSE grade D-G / Foundation GNVQ. The candidate would be competent in a range of work activities, which are routine; the candidate would require supervision.
Level 2: Broadly equates to GCSE grade A*-C / Intermediate GNVQ. The candidate would be competent in a significant range of work activities some of which are not predictable or routine. A degree of autonomy is given; the candidate would not require supervision.
Level 3: Broadly equates to 2 A Levels / Advanced GNVQ. The candidate would be competent in quite a broad range of activities, which would cover a variety of contexts. The work would be complex; the candidate would be supervising other staff.
Level 4: Broadly equates to higher professional graduate and postgraduate level. The candidate would be competent in a broad range of work activities, which are technical and require significant responsibility; the candidate would be managing other staff.
Level 5: Broadly equates to higher professional graduate and postgraduate level. The candidate would be competent in a significant range of complex techniques across a wide range of unpredictable contexts; the candidate would be managing or co-managing an organisation.