NCFE and 207 Field Hospital collaborate on development of uniformed services qualification

Case Study Friday 16 December 2016

National awarding organisation NCFE and 207 Field Hospital have worked together to develop the Level 3 Extended Diploma for Entry to Uniformed Services.

207 Field Hospital forms part of the Army Medical Services, providing medical support to UK Forces on operations overseas. It has centres in Manchester, Stockport, Bury and Chorley.

The new qualification aims to provide informed and prepared potential recruits, and gives learners an insight into the practical qualities required for uniformed services and employment in general.

NCFE is committed to designing fit-for-purpose qualifications and encourages stakeholders to be involved in the development. NCFE regularly organises qualification development and scoping activities, inviting relevant employers and stakeholders to participate. This enables NCFE’s development team to ensure new qualifications meet the needs of the sector, by gaining a greater insight into the knowledge that employers value from their staff.

Ray Jolly from 207 Field Hospital attended a development day at NCFE, and reviewed units for the qualification. Ray also provided letters to support the regulation of all NCFE uniformed services qualifications.

Ray commented: “I found the NCFE development day very productive and was delighted that the Armed Forces were invited to give our views.

“As a result, I’ve started working with several of NCFE’s college partners to complement the qualification by offering placements to learners. This provides them with practical work experience and gives them a real feel for what it’s like to be in the Army – while getting paid. This also has benefits in terms of recruitment, as some may wish to join the Army full-time after they’ve finished studying. By then they’ll have useful skills and experience that prepare them well for whatever area of Public Service they wish to be employed in.”

Christine Paxton, Head of Product Development at NCFE, said: “We enjoyed working with 207 Field Hospital and the insight provided by Ray was extremely helpful, as it’s important for us to develop qualifications that successfully prepare learners for employment in the Armed Forces.

“We encourage employers to make use of this approach of developing qualifications, as it supports learners’ progression into employment. We’ve recently launched the ACORN online community which is open to a wide network of employers and stakeholders and actively encourages members to share qualification ideas.”

If you’re interested in working with NCFE to develop qualifications in your sector, please visit the ACORN online community or email [email protected].