GQA Qualifications Blog

Thursday 7 February 2013

First Print Industry Level 4 Qualification Candidates

Manchester College School of Printing is the first Centre to register candidates on the GQA Level 4 Diploma in Print Leadership. Eight candidates, including Production Managers and some of the Shift Leaders at Mediaco in Manchester have been inducted onto the qualification and are aiming to complete the qualification within the next 12 months. 
Mediaco are the leading Manchester based out of home advertising agency, specialising in roadside media. They have built a strong working relationship with the assessment team at Manchester College, and the company sees the qualification as an ideal opportunity to allow its employees to develop and progress.
Simon Hirst, Manchester College School of Printing’s Programme Team Leader said” We have been looking for the ideal company and candidates to trial the qualification and Mediaco have certainly taken the opportunity. As to be expected of a Level 4 qualification the content is challenging to the candidates and the assessment team. The initial  feedback is very positive and although it is still early days we see there are possibilities in delivering one or more of the units for those who may not have the opportunity or desire to complete the whole qualification”
The Assessor for the candidates, Jeremy Ogden, has been developing the support and assessment materials for the last few months and has now begun delivery.  Jeremy said “We feel the Level 4 Print Leadership qualification is ideally suited to those who wish to progress beyond a Level 3 qualification because it is specific to the Print Industry. The flexibility the qualification structure gives makes it available to a wide range of candidates”
The candidates were equally enthusiastic about the qualification and the links with Manchester College; Shift Leader Ian Lewis said” I feel this qualification will improve my prospects for promotion and future proof my employability”, with Outdoor Production Manager Richard Barnes adding “The broad range of this level 4 qualification and the unfailing support of Manchester College has helped the supervisory members of the production team to acquire the necessary skills and confidence to progress to a level expected of a first line manager at Mediaco”
GQA External Verifier for the Centre, Sean Hayes said “I am delighted to see the first candidates registered and know how hard Simon and his team has worked on getting the programme mapped out for the qualification. I look forward to seeing the candidate’s progress over the coming months”
For more information on the GQA Level 4 Diploma in Print Leadership visit, contact the GQA Office on 01142 720033 / or contact GQA External Verifier Sean Hayes on 07884433626