Training text book re-written as UK's first paper-free NVQ goes online

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Gem has produced the first totally electronic NVQ in the UK – a development which it believes will revolutionise training practice.

National vocational qualifications (NVQs) are qualifications which describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do. The new technology is a result of more than £300,000 of research and development. Anita Acheson, Gem vice president of human resources explained: "We were delighted that City & Guilds were prepared to work with us to deliver this new system which for the first time makes the NVQ process truly paper free."

As part of the NVQ process, all documentation produced must be demonstrably original and authentic. The new technology is used to authenticate the candidate's portfolio of work to give an accurate representation of the evidence to be assessed. The new system is tamper-proof, as screen impressions can be taken to prove that data is never altered.

Specially designed graphics tablets enable handwritten notes to be transferred directly into computer files enabling students' portfolios to be stored online, instead of using traditional paper-based methods.

About City & Guilds
City & Guilds is a UK provider of vocational qualifications offering more than 500 qualifications ranging from basic literacy to a post-graduate degree equivalent. The City & Guilds Group has an annual turnover of some £47.8 million and employs 500 people in the UK.

About gem
gem is an outsourced CRM company providing service and marketing solutions. The company is privately held and headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland with US offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was established in 2000 and employs more than 100 people.

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