On the job training

Work and learn to further your career

On-the-job training, also known as vocational training, is the teaching and assessment of your skills, knowledge, and competencies required to perform a specific job.

On-the-job training uses the regular or existing workplace tools, machines, documents, equipment, knowledge and skills necessary for an employee to learn to effectively perform his or her job. This "naturally occurring evidence" is used to prove your competencies of being skilled to a UK national standard. In turn, these standards are accredited by awarding bodies.

On the job training, is the teaching and assessment of your skills, and competencies required to perform a specific job.

Educational Terms Explained:

NVQs are now known as QCF qualifications (the Qualifications Certification Framework). QCFs are similar to NVQs in that most of them are based on a combination of learning and accreditation of prior learning.

The great thing about QCF qualifications is that they are modular and can be achieved by mixing and matching units from different qualifications. This way the qualifications and skills most relevant to your role can be developed. QCF qualifications are divided in into either certificate or diplomas and are awarded by standards organisations or Awarding Bodies. City and Guilds, Edexcel, CITB, EAL, IQA and ILM are all examples of Awarding Bodies. For a full list of Ixion awarding bodies read here.

A Guide to Qualification Levels:

Typically QCFs, like NVQs before them, are broken down into levels:

  • Level 1 For new workers, those starting out on their career. Normally between 6-12 credits
  • Level 2 For established employees looking to progress, normally operatives or those without line-management responsibilities. 13-24  credits
  • Level 3 For supervisors and first line mangers. Normally require some sort of line management responsibility and candidates needing to start to see the "bigger picture", between 25-36 credits
  • Level 4 For managers, more experienced staff whom are starting to contribute to to the strategic operation of the business. 37 credits and over.

What is a credit?

Typically a credit equates to about ten "guided learning hours" or GLH. Guided learning can be online,  in the classroom or the learner pursuing learning on their own.

Here to help you

Wherever possible we collect evidence that occurs naturally on the job to demonstrate competencies. Where your knowledge or experience is lacking we'll support you to acquire the skills to be more effective in your role. To help you achieve your chosen qualification we'll chat with your employer to ensure that your development matches the strategic growth of your organisation. Where possible we'll use government funding to carry the cost of your development or make a learning loan available to you if you're over 24 years.


For more information in regards to on-the-job training:

Email: skills@ixionholdings.com

Phone: 0844 248 0515