03

Aug

The Hidden Benefits and Value of NVQ Qualifications

Most individuals and employers in the Construction Industry are aware of the immediate benefits of achieving NVQs at every level i.e. access to CSCS & CPCS cards, access to professional status with CIOB, RICS, CABE, IOSH & access to increased workplace opportunities and this is the primary reason why some will always choose providers based solely on price.

Unfortunately due to the way some training providers conduct the assessment process (particularly at Supervisory & Managerial levels) many individuals and employers get short changed and never get to realise the hidden advantages of actually EARNING their qualification.

It is important to remember that some of these NVQS are at Levels 6 & 7 and are comparable to Bachelor/Master Degrees. In our opinion it is impossible for any individual to take any meaningful credit from a qualification that has essentially been done for them.

Experienced people can gain so much by actually going on a journey of self reflective practice and empowering themselves with knowledge by taking ownership of the qualification and then being judged and challenged honestly and professionally by an industry expert.

Our learners have provided us with the following feedback because we have asked them to take ownership of the assessment process:

  • I now have a much clearer understanding of my responsibilities within my chosen area of expertise.
  • The qualification provided me with an opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge and to bring fresh ideas to the workplace.
  • The qualification allowed me to become more focused on how to develop my career which led to instant career progression.
  • The qualification helped give me the confidence to stand up for myself and others in a fair and consistent manner.
  • The qualification helped give me the confidence to say no when asked to take on unnecessary and inappropriate work or obligations.
  • The qualification helped give me the confidence to yes because in more and more situations I am no longer in fear of failure.

Employers have provided us with the following feedback:

The way the qualifications are conducted has:

  • Improved staff performance and motivation.
  • Improved the quality of service to customers.
  • developed our workforce in the skills relevant to the business.
  • helped productivity, performance and competitiveness
  • Reduced staff turnover.
  • Resulted in a workforce that is up-to-date with the latest legislation and best practice.

So when selecting an NVQ provider to undertake a qualification, please consider whether you are getting real value for your money, not just in terms of the immediate benefits but also the hidden benefits which actually turn out to be just as beneficial in the long term.

 

21

Jul

Withdrawal of the CRO Card, is it an inconvenience or an opportunity?

The withdrawal of the CRO Card, is it an inconvenience or an opportunity?

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has withdrawn the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card.

This means:

  • CSCS stopped issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017
  • CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017*
  • CRO cardholders must take further steps to replace their CRO cards before they expire.

The removal of the CRO card affects over 230,000 CRO card holders. In many cases CRO card holders will be required to register for existing or newly developed qualifications. But what about those who have developed their skills and have been given the responsibility of supervising the works?

CADUK believe that these individuals should undertake the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Works Supervision (OWS3) as this is the most relevant qualification for those individuals and gain the Gold CSCS card. This all part of an individuals professional development. People need to be given the opportunity to move forward in their careers and this is the right route to take.

For those CRO card holders who are Supervising their specific occupation (Ganger) a simple way of determining whether you have access to the OWS3 & Gold CSCS card is to examine the list of competencies below. If you can honestly say that you carry out the functions of all the mandatory units (units 1-5) and two of the optional units (units 6-11) you will be able to access the Supervisors CSCS Gold card and the qualification.

Group A – Mandatory units

Unit 1 – Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
Unit 2 – Developing and maintaining good occupational working relationships in the workplace
Unit 3 – Confirming the occupational method of work in the workplace
Unit 4 – Implementing and maintaining health, safety and welfare in the workplace
Unit 5 – Co-ordinating and organising Work operations in the workplace

Group B – Optional units

Unit 6 – Allocating and monitoring the use of plant and equipment in the workplace
Unit 7 – Monitoring progress of work against schedules in the workplace
Unit 8 – Confirming work meets quality standards in the workplace
Unit 9 – Implementing procedures to support the team’s performance in the workplace
Unit 10 – Co-ordinating and confirming dimensional control requirements of the work in the workplace
Unit 11 – Contributing to the circulation of construction related project information in the workplace

For more information on how you can achieve this qualification and the CSCS Gold card in just one assessment visit via our express route please give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or visit our web site www.caduk.co.uk

29

Jun

CADUK gain Approved Provider status for the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC)

With significant cuts to the numbers of military posts in recent years, there are large numbers of active (coming towards the end of their service career) and ex-service personnel now looking to enter the job market or increase their existing employment opportunities. In the UK, current projections suggest that over 20,000 individuals leave the armed forces every year, with the latest employment forecasts predicting that construction will need to find almost 224,000 new recruits by 2019.

In response to this the CITB, a number of high profile employers including MACE, Persimmon Homes, Skanska, and Morgan Sindall and The Chartered Institute of Building have initiated schemes aimed directly at these people, promoting operative and managerial careers in construction.

Supervisory & Management skills will be some of the most sought after in the sector. Almost 17,000 managers are expected to be needed over the next four years as growth continues in the sector.

It is our belief that men and women who are serving/served in the military possess excellent leadership, team working, project management and problem solving skills, all of which are highly sought after in the construction industry.

CADUK have identified that there are some significant barriers for serving and ex-service personnel in entering the construction industry at Supervisory & Managerial level, not least of which that at the point of leaving they do not posses the appropriate qualifications (NVQs), industry accreditation (CSCS cards) or professional recognition (CIOB/RICS/CABE/ICWCI). We feel that particularly those serving in the Royal Engineers should have these essential tools in place before they leave.

Service personnel have a variety of ways in which to fund their development activities. This includes access to ELCAS funding to which CADUK have recently been awarded Approved Provider status for the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC). ELCs may only be claimed for learning which results in a nationally recognised qualification at Level Three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales).

Alternatively those Ex-Service people who have managed to gain employment in the construction industry and are in a supervisory or managerial role can still access ELCAS funding up to ten years after they leave to help fund the NVQ qualifications that can further enhance their employment opportunities.

Click here to view a case study of a recent service leaver qualified by CADUK.

To find out more about CADUK can help you gain access to relevant supervisory and managerial NVQs from Level 3 to 7 that provide real recognition and access to increased employment opportunities at home and abroad through the ELCAS funding scheme please visit our ELCAS page, contact us through our website, or give us a call on 01952 292 005.

23

Jun

CADUK Launch ‘Express’ Route to CSCS Gold Card

CADUK are pleased to announce the launch of our new Express (one-day) route to access the CSCS Gold Card through the achievement of the Pearson/Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision.

Our specialist NVQ assessors will come to site to complete the entire assessment process in one day, using our electronic evidence recording system.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision is designed for work supervisors (gangers) – i.e. those who contribute to the supervision of formworkers, steelfixers, construction operatives etc, and is suitable both for established occupational works supervisors and for those who are developing their abilities in this occupation.

Download the qualification brochure here

If you would like to apply for the new Express route to the CSCS Gold card, please contact us on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry through the qualification page on our web site and we’ll get back to you.

20

Apr

Why join CIOB?

CADUK offer two routes to the NVQ Level 7 in Construction Senior Management that lead to membership of the Chartered Institute of Building through the shortened professional review. The standard route for established construction managers, and the new Advanced route for experienced construction professionals with a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of their professional practice.

But what does MCIOB recognition really mean to the individual?

Please watch the video below:

If you would like more information on how you can become a member of the Chartered Institute of Building through either of the above NVQ routes, please visit our website www.caduk.co.uk or call us on (01952) 292 005.

18

Apr

CADUK and Edexcel announce NVQ7 Pilot scheme for Senior Construction Professionals

CADUK are working in collaboration with Pearson/Edexcel on an exclusive Pilot scheme designed to allow advanced access to the NVQ level 7 for experienced construction professionals with a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of their professional practice.

Pearson have encouraged CADUK to be as bold as possible to ensure that Senior practitioners in the industry who clearly work at level 8 in Construction Management (i.e – Doctorate/Director level) have a route to the Level 7 NVQ that is more appropriate to their status within the industry. The goal of this scheme is to reward the achievements of established, senior construction professionals (directors) by reducing the amount of unnecessary assessment and time it currently takes to achieve the qualification.

This “Advanced route” will also dramatically reduce the time it currently takes to achieve professional status with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). All CADUK NVQ assessors on the advanced pilot scheme will themselves be Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building.

This pilot scheme is only accessible to Senior Construction Managers who feel they have the following attributes:

1. The ability to demonstrate that they have the skills necessary to exercise personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations in professional environments.

2. The ability to make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields and an innovative approach to tackling and solving problems, often in the absence of complete data.

3. The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project at the forefront of their discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.

4. The ability to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

If you would like to be considered for this Advanced Pilot scheme, please contact us on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry through our web site www.caduk.co.uk and we will get back to you.

Please note: Those Construction Managers who are not currently at director/doctorate level (and therefore do not fit the criteria of this pilot scheme) can still access the NVQ Level 7 in Construction Senior Management through our usual assessment process.

13

Apr

The Road to GradIOSH and Beyond – The NVQ Route

In the November 2016 issue of the IOSH Magazine, Bridget Leathley looked at the Health & Safety qualifications landscape, where it was stated that those ‘practitioners’ aiming for Grad IOSH would find a host of qualifications that would entitle them to apply for IOSH membership at ‘Graduate’ level. National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) provide access to Grad IOSH status, as an IOSH accredited qualification. We accept that there are differing routes to Grad IOSH, but those people who actually carry out the role of senior health and safety management, there is no qualification more appropriate than the City & Guilds Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice because this route is proof of occupational competence and offers something that the other routes don’t offer – Added Value.

All routes to IOSH involve some form of assessment, however only the assessment methods used on an NVQ can be tailored to the your individual needs and requirements. There are no exams, no workshops to attend and no time off work (although there is a City & Guilds requirement for a minimum of one workplace observation), CADUK will ensure there is minimum disruption to to the learner’s work activities.

The process of assessment is meaningful, thoughtful and systematic and designed to encourage the individual to reflect on their own practice. During the NVQ you will be required to confirm that you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to conduct the role to the industry standard. You will demonstrate that you have a deep understanding of health and safety and its application within your organisation.

Your allocated assessor will review your progress on an ongoing basis, offering guidance and support along the way, ensuring a timely achievement – you might even enjoy the experience..

All CADUK assessors are experienced, qualified, health and safety professionals with years of exposure within health and safety management at various levels, in numerous industries and you can be assured that we will provide you with the best possible support. Our NVQ Level 5 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is delivered primarily using a number of interactive features such as Skype, telephone, email, remote desktop and our online ePortfolio system. The CADUK system allows you to embed workplace documentation, verbal comments and written narratives to demonstrate your knowledge and underlying skills in relation to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the qualification.

For more information on this qualification please call us on 01952 292 005, view the qualification on our website, or download our brochure here

04

Apr

CADUK working in collaboration with the Institute of Clerks of Works & Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI)

CADUK in collaboration with the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) are trialing a pilot scheme that offers their learners the opportunity to continue their development after the successful completion of the Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection (SSI6).

CADUK recognises that joining a professional body after completing a qualification can be very beneficial. The professional body parallel to the Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection diploma is the ICWCI.

A fellow member of the ICWCI has joined the CADUK Assessment team; this in conjunction with close monitoring from the ICWCI Membership Hub has opened the doors to successful new learners of the SSI6, allowing them to apply for ICWCI membership via an alternative route (non-interview assessment) on completion of their NVQ.

CADUK offer access to the SSI6 via an online e-assessment route; there are no exams, no workshops, no site visits and no need to take time off work. The work involved during the course of the NVQ the learner is asked to reflect on their professional practice and provide workplace evidence to ensure that they carry out work to the industry standard for their occupation role.

The ICWCI is the professional body that supports quality construction through inspection. As a membership organisation it provides a support network of meeting centres, CPD, technical advice, publications and events to help keep its members up to date with the ever changing construction industry.

For more information regarding CADUK and the Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection please contact:

Gary Pollard Cert Ed, BA (FAHE), MCIOB
Managing Director
CAD UK, E-Innovation Centre, SE219A
University of Wolverhampton, Telford Campus
Priorslee
Telford TF2 9FT
Tel: 01952 292 005
Mobile: 07811 358 378
Email: gary@caduk.co.uk

For more information about ICWCI membership, please contact:

Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate:
28 Commerce Road
Lynch Wood
Peterborough
PE2 6LR
Tel: 01733 405160
Email: info@icwci.org

22

Dec

Fiona Crozier achieves her 4th Plant Operations NVQ with CADUK through our unique e-assessment route

Multi skilled Plant Operator Fiona Crozier achieves her 4th Plant Operations NVQ with CADUK through our unique e-assessment route!

FIONA CROZIER completed her Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Crawler Crane) with the support of specialist Plant NVQ Assessor John Bull.

Fiona was already a multi-faceted Plant Operator having achieved NVQs in 360 degree Excavator, Forward Tipping Dumper and Telescopic Handler.

For several years before she took up operating Plant full time she used to work for CAN geo carrying out rope access work along the railway banks and sea land slides at Dawlish, Lime bay.

John carried out the assessment process using CADUK’s own e-assessment portal. This system simply allows the assessor to carry out an on-site assessment in the normal way (i.e. on-site observation, professional discussion and the collection of workplace evidence), the difference being that the whole assessment process is recorded electronically and can be viewed by the internal verifier within seconds of the assessment taking place. This process ensures that (if appropriate) CADUK can apply for learner certificates the very same day the assessment takes place.

John explained that as soon as he met and started to interview Fiona “it was obvious that she’s passionate about construction, particularly operating cranes. She is an excellent role model for other females considering a career in construction”.

Fiona is currently self-employed working as a crane operator currently Jackson Cranes and is keen to expand her client base of companies.

Fantastic work Fiona, well done!

17

Nov

Zero to HERO – Through the Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management

Because of a variety of factors i.e. new industry regulations, client expectations, Brexit, industry downturn and increased competition from those who have benefited from a university education, a large number of experienced Construction Managers are missing out on work opportunities in the UK and abroad. This is not because of their lack of skills, knowledge and experience, but simply because they don’t have the relevant managerial qualifications, professional recognition and industry accreditation.

CADUK have identified that the achievement of the Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management is the qualification that can take these experienced construction managers from zero to hero in matter of a few months.

All they have to do is reflect on their own professional practice and provide evidence of how they do their job or how they have done it in the past.

Within a few months they could

  1. Be a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (Chartered Construction Manager)
  2. Hold the designation AssocRICS
  3. Be in possession of a Black CSCS card

A lot of construction managers mistakenly believe that because the NVQ 7 qualification is broadly equivalent to a Masters Degree and they do not work for a Main Contractor they would not be able to achieve it. In our experience in the majority of circumstances this is not the case. Call CADUK on (01952) 292 005 to see if you have access. Go on what have you got to lose!