You are the headmistress of a school that needs to appoint a learning support assistant. You place an advert stating that applicants must have an NVQ qualification.
Now you get an application from someone who does not have an NVQ. They have 6 credits from a course that could be used toward an NVQ. They have a 1st class honors degree. They have about 60 hours of unpaid classroom time in your school and have done lots of other little jobs around the school.
But no NVQ.
How seriously would you take this application?