The modular training system uses National Occupational Standards (NOS) which are developed by representatives from within the industry and provide the set of standards necessary for an individual to perform their role within that organisation/industry.
The NOS is closely linked with National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and can be used to set a standard for any qualification, the modular training system uses the NOS as the basis for its content.
The modules were originally developed as a technical certificate, which provided the set of standards required for a roadside/recovery technician. Further developments included the introduction of a skills test, which ensures training has been successful both on a theoretical and practical level.
The modular scheme was submitted to NHSS17 and when accepted as a viable alternative to NVQs it was made part of the training requirements of Sector Scheme 17a and 17b. In March 2006, following the appointment of the IVR as Administrator of the training scheme, IVR (UK) Limited was formed to autonomously take over the role of Administrator.
It was vital to bring together stakeholders from across the industry, including all relevant trade associations, and the IVR was instrumental in the formation of the National Recovery Industry Training Group (NRITG). To ensure all stakeholders had an input in all decisions directly relating to the National Training Scheme, members of the NRITG were invited to form the IVR (UK) management board. The board consists of two members of each trade association plus two members of the trainer's association. In addition, representatives of the IVR Limited and IVR (UK) Limited provide input and information on the day to day running of the National Training Scheme and other issues relating to the NHSS 17a and 17b.
The management board comprises of representatives from across the industry and includes;
- Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators (AVRO)
- Road Rescue Recovery Association (RRRA)
- London Association of Recovery Operators (LARO)
- Rescue Recovery Trainers Association (RRTA)
The board is responsible for monitoring;
- Liaison with Highways England (HE)
- Training standards
- Policies/Quality Policy and rules – including complaints and appeals
- Training issues
- Setting the costs of administration and registration
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The IVR continues to be a key player in further development of the scheme and by developing additional levels gives technicians a clear career path within the recovery sector while encouraging Continuing Professional Development (CPD) across the industry.