NSQF

Brief Introduction to National Skill Qualification Framework

What is the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF)?.

NSQF or National Skills Qualifications Framework is a nationally integrated and competency-based education framework that allows individuals to achieve their desired competence level. In NSQF, qualifications are organized according to the levels based on skills, knowledge, and aptitude.
There are a total of 10 levels of NSQF that define the purpose of the NSQF more accurately. Before I explain to you the levels, let us first understand the key elements of the National Skills Qualification Framework.

The vocational & technical skill promotion concept & multi-disciplinary education approach in studies, as described in the NSQF Policy Document.


Key Elements of National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF):

+ Skill proficiency promotion to create individuals with international equivalency
+ Multiple entries and exit provisions to students
+ Opportunities to help students become lifelong learner
+ Preparedness for the industry-standard with development of skills
+ A transparent mechanism for growth of students


Objectives of National Skills Qualification Framework(NSQF):

The major objectives of the NSQF include offering the given provisions to create & ensure a quality assurance framework –

#1: Diversity of Nigerian Education System
The NSQF wants to ensure that the diversity of the present Nigerian education system is accommodated within the skill-based framework. It pays attention to developing a unique qualification for various levels and defining the expected student learning outcomes.

#2: Development Structure & Roadmap
NSQF aims to provide an organized structure for the development & maintenance of a roadmap that would help learners. Primarily, it takes care of offering academic knowledge along with the industrial–practical knowledge that would develop & polish students’ skills. For various job roles & levels, NSQF has formulated the following parameters for industry-specific skill development.

+ Qualification Packs (QPs)
+ National Occupational Standards (NOS)

#3: Industrial Training & Experiences
Any learner can’t understand the core of industrial practices without actual training in the different industries. Therefore, NSQF includes industrial training in education itself to simplify the doubts of students. They get hands-on industry experience prior to their course completion and gain real-time knowledge.

#4: International Platform
The NSQF supports high-quality learning and enables the students to get exposure to national & international opportunities. Thus, it amplifies the significance of education, and geographical boundaries no longer remain a barrier.

#5: Skillset for Life
NSQF believes in inculcating skills not just for professional benefits but for a lifetime! Thus, they focus on delivering the highest form of skill-based education for enabling students to develop a sharp mindset that would help them survive in any critical situation throughout their life.

10 Levels of National Skills Qualifications Framework(NSQF)

The NSQF levels range from one to ten are categorized by learning outcomes that learners must acquire through their formal, informal, or non-formal acquisition.

#Level 1 National Skill Qualification Framework
The first level of NSQF aims to prepare learners to automatically sink in the repetitive tasks and save their precious time every single time they need to perform them. They need not require any prior practice.

#Level 2 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 2 National Skill Qualification Framework aims to prepare learners to carry out repetitive tasks with the application of understanding. It would help them understand & perform the task, thus promoting logical thinking.

#Level 3 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 3 National Skill Qualification Framework aims to prepare learners to carry out a specific job role or task that doesn’t require much effort and is predictable in nature.

#Level 4 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 4 National Skill Qualification Framework aims to prepare learners to work in a familiar environment where the nature of the job is not new, quite familiar, and can be performed on a routine basis.

#Level 5 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 5 National Skill Qualification Framework aims to prepare learners to become skillful and take a job of their choice and work in a familiar environment.

#Level 6 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 6 National Skill Qualification Framework demands a variety of skillset especially technical skills, the learner must be well-equipped with knowledge & carry out standard & non-standard practices as per the requirement of the job.

#Level 7 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 7 National Skill Qualification Framework requires a skilled person that has a theoretical as well as practical skill-set and is efficient enough to do routine & well as any non-routine job. One needs to have multi-tasking skills!

#Level 8 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 8 National Skill Qualification Framework needs an individual that has got comprehensive, theoretical, practical, as well as cognitive skills. One must be good at communication and needs to conduct tasks independently.

#Level 9 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 9 National Skill Qualification Framework is quite advanced in terms of knowledge & skills expectations. It prepares a learner to have a critical understanding of any subject and develop innovative thinking.

#Level 10 National Skill Qualification Framework
Level 10 National Skill Qualification Framework requires specialization in everything in terms of –knowledge, problem-solving, and ability to offer an original contribution.
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