04

Apr

Pilot Route to MICWCI via Pearson Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection with CADUK

CADUK in collaboration with the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) are trialing a pilot scheme that offers our learners the opportunity to gain access to Membership of the ICWCI without the need for a Professional Interview after the successful completion of the Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection (SSI6).

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.

The SSI6 qualification is designed for site inspectors, architectural inspectors, quality inspectors and Clerk of Works i.e those people who have responsibility for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction.

The qualification also leads to the Black CSCS Card and Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building through the full professional Review

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 requires the learner 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.

All our Assessors are Members/Fellows of Professional Bodies such as ICWCI, CIOB and CABE so you can be assured of the professional competence of those people who are guiding and supporting you through the qualification.

Please click on our initial self assessment profiling form to find out if you have access to the qualification.

 

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!

04

Aug

CADUK qualify their first Female Plant operator!

CADUK have qualified our first female Plant Operator through our unique e-assessment route!

Julia Thompson completed her Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Hoists) with the support of specialist Plant NVQ Assessor John Bull.

Julia now has access to the Blue CPCS Card, Well done Julia, you’re paving the way for more ladies to embark on a career in construction.

John carried out the assessment process using the CADUK 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. 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 ensures that if appropriate CADUK can apply for learner certificates on the same day as the assessment.

CADUK are able to offer real savings in both the time taken to assess learners on site and the overall cost of the qualification. In most cases learners have their certificates issued within a 2 week window.

To find out more about our unique assessment process, please visit our website www.caduk.co.uk or give us a call on (01952) 292 005

For a full list of our Plant and Controlling Lifting Operations and costings, please visit the links below:

Plant Operations NVQs

Controlling Lifting Operations

 

02

Aug

Business opportunity with CADUK

Business opportunity for Self-Employed Plant and Controlling Lifting Operations NVQ Assessors

CADUK are looking to work in partnership with highly motivated Self Employed NVQ Assessors’ who specialise in Plant Operations (RQF Level 2) and Controlling Lifting Operations (RQF Level 2, 4 & 5).

We have developed an online e-assessment platform that allows the Assessor to conduct the on site assessment process with quality, but also in a timely and cost effect way that has real benefits for the workplace, the learners and the Assessor.

The business opportunity involves the Assessor being confident in their ability to generate their own learners. The Assessor could be carrying out assessment either on a full time basis or alongside their day job with opportunities to assess their own colleagues at work.

Excellent earning potential for the right person.

This role requires individuals to have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Qualified NVQ Assessor
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Good knowledge of the occupational standards they are assessing
  • Effective workplace communication skills
  • Basic computer skills

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact us on (01952) 292 005, leave us a message on our website www.caduk.co.uk, or email us a copy of your CV to info@caduk.co.uk

18

Jul

Attention all Principal Designers! – CDM Regulations 2015

Attention all Principal Designers! You may have access to Black CSCS Card and MCIOB through an Edexcel NVQ Route.

Awarding Body Pearson/Edexcel and CADUK have worked together to identify specific NVQ pathways for Principal Designers (CDM Regulations 2015 previously CDM Co-ordinators).

These NVQs not only provide recognition for the Principal Designer they also provide access to Black CSCS card, Assoc Rics & MCIOB. The pathways selected will depend on the main job role of the learner.

If you carry out the role of Principal Designer please visit our website www.caduk.co.uk or call us on (01952) 292 005 and we will help you identify your pathway.

HSE-CDM

04

Jul

NVQ Level 6 Provides Direct Access to AssocRICS

It is not well known in the Construction industry that the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyers offers a direct route to Associated RICS (AssocRICS) through the completion of Construction Management NVQs at levels 6 and 7.

The benefits of this level of membership will include the following:

  • A chance to join a group of elite professionals and open up career development opportunities
  • Strengthen your CV with a world class professional qualification
  • Prove your exceptional technical and ethical standards to clients and peers
  • Connect with other high-calibre professionals
  • Benefit from RICS career development resources
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Provides access to CSCS Black Card

The following NVQ qualifications provide direct entry to Associate membership:

  • Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management
  • Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations
  • Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

CADUK offer these qualifications via an online ePortfolio route, which means there are no exams, no workshops, no site visits, and no time off work. We will  also guide you through the RICS application process ensuring success.

For more information on the benefits of AssocRICS, how we deliver our NVQs and to see if you are eligible, please visit our website  http://www.caduk.co.uk/services/assoc-rics-routes/ or call us on (01952) 292 005.

24

May

Congratulations MACE Managers

Congratulations guys, another successful cohort of learners from Mace who have successfully completed the Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management. Next step Membership of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) through the FAST TRACK Route. Stephen Milton Chris Canning Paul Williams. Next step MCIOB through the Fast Track NVQ 7 Route.

Click Here for more information on the Fast Track Level 7 Route to MCIOB.

01

Apr

CSCS Profiled Route Now Closed

The CSCS Profiled Route was introduced in 2011 as a route to the Black or Gold Card for construction site managers or supervisors who have on-site experience but no nationally recognised qualification in construction. As of 1st April 2016 CSCS are no longer accepting applications for the Profiled Route, with the announcement made by the construction leadership council that the Profiled Route no longer supports industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce.

To find out more about why Profiled Route is closed visit the changes to Profiled Route webpage.

Applicants will still be able to apply for a Construction Site Manager or Construction Site Supervisor CSCS card, but will be required to complete an NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, 6 or 7*.

What to do next:

To obtain the Gold Supervisory Card you must now complete the NVQ Level 4 Diploma in Construction Site Supervision.

To obtain the Black Managers Card you must now complete the NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Site Management.

 

Source: CSCS

30

Mar

HSE ‘passing the buck’ on construction fatalities

An MP has accused the Health and Safety Executive of “passing the buck” over delays in prosecuting construction companies for fatal accidents.

Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn, leading a parliamentary debate on the issue, said that if the HSE was failing to prosecute, it could lead to “an ever greater number of companies [flouting] safety laws”.

He continued: “In 2007/08 the HSE was successful in prosecuting 51 per cent of construction fatal accidents. By 2012/13 that figure had dropped to a mere, and disgraceful, 35 per cent.”

As of last year, the HSE was successful in achieving a guilty verdict in more than 90 per cent of all prosecution cases. But writing for Construction News earlier this month, Mr Hepburn said that progress in the industry would not continue “unless the Health and Safety Executive is an effective policeman for construction safety”.

According to figures from the HSE, presented by Mr Hepburn, in 2006/07 the average time between a fatal accident in construction and a conviction was 985 days. But by 2014/15 this had increased to 1,267 days – nearly three-and-a-half years.

In 15 per cent of cases, prosecution does not begin for three to four years.

In response, parliamentary under-secretary of state for disabled people Justin Tomlinson said “several factors” can affect the pace at which fatal accidents are investigated.

“The police normally assume primacy for the investigation to identify whether serious offences, such as corporate manslaughter, are involved,” he said.

“This can take many months, or in some cases years, during which HSE is unable to initiate proceedings. The police and Crown Prosecution Service might be in charge of the case right through to any court cases.”

He added that more than 80 per cent of HSE investigations into fatal incidents were completed within 12 months of receiving primacy, while most “take considerably less time”.

According to Mr Tomlinson, half of HSE’s decisions to prosecute are made within two years of the date of a fatal construction incident.

Mr Hepburn raised the case of Falcon Crane Hire, which was fined £750,000 following a crane collapse in Battersea in 2006 that caused the deaths of the crane operator and a member of the public. The case was settled last week, nearly 10 years after the incident occurred.

He added that the HSE needed to address the “excruciating” delays between incident, prosecution and conviction.

“The HSE says the delays are due to other bodies and agencies, such as the police, the coroners’ courts and even the justice system itself, especially if the matter is referred to the Crown Court,” he said. “In other words, the HSE is saying it is not its fault.”

MP for Stirling Steven Paterson cited research from Stirling University, which said the HSE “looks and sounds like a toothless tiger – a lot of noise and increasingly little action”.

He cited figures from trade union Ucatt which suggested unannounced inspections of construction sites by the HSE in Scotland had dropped by 55 per cent since 2012/13.

“If companies think they will not be inspected and that there will never be a surprise knock at the door, the HSE loses all its authority in pressurising companies not to break safety laws,” Mr Hepburn said.

Mr Tomlinson said new guidelines are being put in place to ensure any decisions to prosecute were made “as quickly as possible”.

“There is now a new practical guide for investigators, which should ensure all parties work effectively together and that any prosecution is brought as soon as possible,” he said.

“Other than in exceptional circumstances, it should be no later than three years after the date of the death.”

Source: Construction News

25

Mar

NHBC reports 12,181 new homes registered in Feb 2016

More than 12,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK in February according to NHBC’s latest registration statistics.

The figures come after NHBC reported a 7% year on year increase in the number of new home registrations in 2015. In January 2016 a total of 7,885 private sector and 2,424 public sector homes were registered compared to 8,784 private sector and 2,562 public sector homes in January 2015.

In the rolling quarter (November 2015 to January 2016) a total of 32,468 new homes were registered, compared to 35,732 in the same period 12 months ago, a fall of 9%.

NHBC figures also show a 10% increase in the number of new home completions in the rolling quarter (November 2015 to January 2016). Completions increased to 33,182 from 30,155 in the same period 12 months ago, reflecting the strong registration growth seen during 2015.

As the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, NHBC’s registration statistics are a lead indicator of UK house-building activity. For 80 years, NHBC has been committed to driving up quality and raising standards in housebuilding and has approximately 80% market share.

Commenting on the latest figures, NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton said: “We saw continued growth in new home registrations throughout 2015. Whilst the January figures indicate a slower start to 2016, industry confidence remains high, with last year’s growth reflected in the increase in new home completions in the past three months.

“There’s no doubt that house builders are extremely active and are optimistic about future growth. With many ambitious build programs underway, it is clear the industry is committed to delivering the high quality new homes the country needs.”

Source: NHBC