09

Oct

“Bring back clerk of works” There has never been a better time to undertake the Pearson Edexcel NVQ 6 in Senior Site Inspection

Public bodies need to reduce the gap between themselves and building design teams and to employ a clerk of works on construction projects, according to a Scottish parliamentary committee

The Scottish Parliament’s education and skills committee has published its report into school infrastructure, looking at lessons from the Edinburgh schools fiasco.

It backed calls contained in the earlier Cole Report – the independent investigation headed by architect and construction expert John Cole into the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools because of building defects – that councils should take action to become ‘intelligent clients’.

The committee’s report said it had ‘heard evidence that local authorities had entered into a specific structure for contracts which created a gap between themselves as clients and the design team. We find this unacceptable.’

Public bodies undertaking Design and Build or design, build, finance and maintain contracts should consider employing construction professionals to add quality assurance, the committee said.

It added that a clerk of works could ‘provide the regular inspections necessary to ensure that buildings are built correctly, particularly for work that is subsequently closed up as construction progresses’.

Glasgow architecture professor Alan Dunlop said: ‘A clerk of works should have a day-to-day role in the development of major building projects. That’s how it used to be.

‘The clerk of works had significant responsibility and clout, and reported directly to the architect and client under a traditional building contract or was employed by the client in significant design and build projects after novation, when the design team moved over to work for the contractor.’

He said that the role should be undertaken by an experienced builder, rather than an architect.

The committee undertook its short inquiry in the wake of the collapse of a wall at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh in January 2016 and the subsequent report of the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools led by Cole, which was published last February.

Source: The Architects Journal

The qualification that provides the Clerk of Works with measurable industry accreditation and professional/chartered status is the Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection. This qualification Leads to the Black CSCS card, MCIOB through the full professional review and thanks to a collaborative PILOT scheme between the Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) and CADUK access to Membership of the ICWCI without the need for a professional interview.

Click here to download our profiling tool to find out if you have access to the NVQ Level 6 in Senior Site Inspection

For more information just give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or visit our web site www.caduk.co.uk where you will find all the best information relating to the qualification.

29

Sep

H&S Managers in Construction – Academic Qualifications v C&G Level 5 Diploma

Experienced H&S managers in construction and those who engage in the role of Principle Designer (CDM) can choose from a wide variety of academic qualifications to help them develop their careers i.e. University Degrees, NEBOSH Diploma, NCRQ Level 6. However, there is only one competence based qualification (VQ) that can provide added value to meet the requirements of GradIOSH and also allow them to gain access to the much coveted industry recognised Black CSCS card and that is the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice .

All routes to Grad IOSH and the Black CSCS card involve some form of assessment, however only the assessment methods used on competence based assessment qualifications can be tailored to the your individual needs and requirements. There are no exams, no workshops to attend and no time off work.

The process of assessment is meaningful, thoughtful and systematic and designed to encourage the individual to reflect on their own professional practice. During the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice you will be required to confirm that you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to conduct your role to the industry standard. You will demonstrate that you have a deep understanding of health and safety and its application within your organisation.

All CADUK assessors are experienced, qualified (MIOSH) (FCIOB) professionals with years of exposure within health and safety management, so you can be assured that we will provide you with the best possible support.  They 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. The City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is delivered primarily using a number of interactive features such as Skype, Whats App, 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. One onsite visit is compulsory, that visit just puts the icing on the cake in terms of assessor support.

Click here to download the brochure for the qualification and here for the initial profile tool which helps confirms access to 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

28

Sep

Site Managers – you don’t know what you know

“You don’t know what you know!” I say that every day to Construction Site Managers who inquire about undertaking the Edexcel Pearson NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management. The majority of them are enquiring about the qualification only because they have to undertake the qualification (to gain access to the Black CSCS card) not because they want to.

Most are unaware of the skills, knowledge and experience they have naturally developed over the years. Despite their vast experience their self-confidence has taken a bit of a battering – largely because they have come from the tools and have never undertaken any high level qualifications, and also the disparaging attitude (or perceived attitude) of some colleagues who have entered the industry via the achievement of a University Degree and have some form of professional status.

In my opinion this insecurity not only hinders the individual’s prospects for further advancement and employment opportunities, it also damages the reputation of the whole Construction industry. It creates the impression that construction sites are run by unqualified and therefore unprofessional people.

What these individuals don’t realise is that they have power to change their view of themselves and the perception of others by undertaking a Site Management qualification that is broadly comparable to an Bachelors Degree.

The importance attached to being qualified to carry out a Site Management function in construction has grown significantly in the eyes of employers and clients across all sectors of the industry. Being qualified to carry out your job role is without doubt what most employers and clients initially use to measure competence. They want proof that individuals have both the knowledge and technical ability to carry out a job role in the work place to a recognised industry standard or benchmark.

The industry benchmark for the construction site manager is not a Degree, its not an HNC,  HND, or an SMSTS Cert, non of these will help you gain access to a black cscs card, it is the NVQ 6 in Construction Site Management and only those who have a story to tell, (those who don’t yet know what they know) can prove they carry out that occupational role have access to it.

Unlike some training providers we will never enrol you on a qualification unless we are 100% sure that you have the required skills, knowledge and experience to achieve it. With CADUK all our assessors are Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) and are skilled in being able to extract the right information/evidence from you in a way that suits your individual needs and confidence.

Click here to download our profiling tool to find out if you have access to the NVQ 6 in Construction Site Management 

For more information just give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or visit our web site www.caduk.co.uk where you will find all the best information relating to the qualification.

 

11

Jul

Can existing construction managers close the construction skills gap?

According to a recent article in Construction manager magazine about a fifth of all vacancies in the construction industry remain hard to fill because employers cannot find staff with the right skills, qualifications or experience – and the situation is only set to get worse.

From our experience at CADUK delivering high level Managerial NVQs we believe that the real problem is not necessarily a lack of skills and experience of the construction manager, it is the lack of a measurable proof of these skills in the form of a competence based qualifications. This often precludes them from certain employment opportunities because employers and recruitment agencies cannot engage with them as they cannot meet the clients minimum requirements for qualifications (NVQs), industry accreditation (CSCS) and professional status (CIOB, RICS, CABE, ICWCI).

Many construction managers with no formal qualifications have no idea how much they know, and even worse, they don’t know the value of what they know. Our most popular qualifications are at Level 6 and 7 (comparable to bachelor and Master Degree Qualifications), most people who eventually enrol and successfully achieve these qualifications are initially hesitant to engage because it does seem that their confidence has taken a battering over the years because of a variety of reasons. They are worried that:

Everyone I work with knows it already…
What I do is just common sense…
Lots of people know a lot more than me…
It’s pretty easy, most of the time I do it without thinking about it..

In simple terms in order to gain these high level qualifications and gain access to these employment opportunities individuals need to start to VALUE what they do, they have to get what they know out of their head. They need to reflect on their own practice. They need to be asked lots of relevant questions about their job, write down or verbalise their answers professionally, and present other types of evidence to back their responses. They need to share what they know with with other Construction professionals who are in a position to appreciate and measure what they have achieved.

Let us help you.

If you are prepared to undertake some self reflective practice, we at CADUK can ensure that you have a much better chance of gaining access to these employment opportunities by helping you match your skills and experience to the right qualifications which will provide access to Gold & Black CSCS Cards and professional status with the CIOB, RICS, CABE, ICWCI, IOSH etc

We will never enrol you on a qualification unless we are 100% sure that you have the required skills, knowledge and experience to achieve it and we will provide you with assessors who are are amongst the most experienced and qualified in the construction industry. Our NVQ Level 6 & 7 assessors are all Fellows of the Institute of Building (FCIOB).

For more information just give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or visit our web site www.caduk.co.uk where you can download the appropriate profile tool to find out if you fit the criteria for these qualifications

 

 

 

07

Jun

CADUK deliver their 650th NVQ in Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations!

CADUK are well known in the Construction industry for the delivery of Supervisory and Managerial NVQs in the Built Environment through our unique online E-assessment process. We are however, equally proud of our achievements in helping 650 individuals to achieve their NVQs in Plant and Controlling Lifting Operations from levels 2-5.

Since 2014 we have been working with our assessors to develop an on-site electronic assessment system that enables candidate achievement of the NVQ in a far quicker time period than any of our competitors, whilst still maintaining the integrity and quality of the qualification.

In a recent audit by SQA (The Scottish Qualifications Authority) CADUK were rated at having “significant strengths” in all areas and received laudatory comments that “the CADUK I.T cloud system designed by the centre is very supportive to candidates. The use of electronically recorded evidence greatly enhances the assessment process to the benefit of the individual and the employer”.

Our online system, combined with the professionalism of our specialist NVQ assessors enables multiple candidates to be assessed in the same day.

CADUK’s philosophy in terms of assessment is ‘less is more’. We cut out the bureaucracy and box ticking of the assessment process and focus on what’s important, and that’s to ensure the competence of the individual learner in a fair and cost effective way.

In partnership with the Awarding Body, we endeavor to provide evidence of achievement within one week of assessment to enable individuals to gain access to their CPCS Blue card. If you are unhappy with the way that your current NVQ provider conducts the assessment process, why not give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.

03

Mar

Construction Managers – you don’t know what you know

Most construction managers with no formal academic qualifications have no idea how much they know, and even worse, they don’t know the value of what they know. They are worried that:

Everyone I work with knows it already…
What I do is just common sense…
Lots of people know a lot more than me…
It’s pretty easy, most of the time I do it without thinking about it…

This often leads to them not reaching their full potential whilst more inexperienced people with university degrees and not as much workplace experience end up with more successful careers.

In simple terms in order to be able to VALUE what you do, you have to get what you know out of your head. You need to reflect on your own practice, you need to be asked lots of relevant questions about your job, write down or verbalise your answers professionally, present other types of evidence to back your responses. Whatever you do; you have to get it out there and share it with other Construction professionals who are in a position to appreciate and measure what you have achieved.

If you are prepared to undertake some self reflective practice we at CADUK can ensure that you achieve much more than just the satisfaction of knowing what you know, we can also help you achieve the highest competence based assessment qualification in the Built Environment. This qualification provides access to Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Membership of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (MCABE), AssocRICS, Black CSCS card and much more.

The Qualification we are suggesting that most senior construction managers should undertake is the Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management or alternatively if your role is more on the Management of the design process you should undertake the Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice.

Our experience suggests that a lot of construction managers believe that this qualification is beyond them because they never went to university or they currently work for smaller sub-contractors etc. These managers often approach us to inquire about Supervisory & Managerial qualifications at Levels 3,4, 5, 6 and 7, and are realise that they actually have access to a Qualification that is comparable to Masters Degree.

Let us help you.

Unlike some training providers we will never enrol you on a qualification unless we are 100% sure that you have the required skills, knowledge and experience to achieve it.

For more information just give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or visit our web site www.caduk.co.uk where you can download the appropriate profile tool to find out if you fit the criteria for these qualifications

 

17

Aug

Women in Construction – Have you considered becoming a Chartered Member of the Institute of Building

Are you aware that only 7% of the total membership of the CIOB are Ladies? Judging by the calibre of the female members of the Linkedin Group National Association of Women in Construction. CADUK see no reason why they cannot achieve this status and are determined to help more females attain this prestigious designation. Many people have the impression that the CIOB is an ‘old boys club’ and was only accessible to those with Degree in Construction Management. CADUK believe that the CIOB are really taking steps to change that image.

For example 50% of the CIOBs board members are females including the Deputy Chief Executive Bridget Bartlett. Another example of the CIOB breaking the shackles of the past was the introduction of the Fast Track Route to membership for anyone holding or studying for an Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management .This means that individuals would no longer need to take a professional competence assessment in order to complete the CIOB’s Professional Review process and become chartered.

Candidates are able to present their Level 7 qualification certificate as evidence of meeting the Professional Review competence criteria along with a short application form detailing their CPD, training and commitment to the Institute’s code of conduct.

This shortened vocational route to membership considerably and gave confidence to those who were put off by the long winded, male dominated selection process and the increasing costs of academic study. The process also reduced duplication and bureaucracy in terms of the learners/applicants not having to produce the same or similar evidence again or undergoing the highly subjective Professional Interview Panel, mainly consisting of male interviewers.

CADUK have found that Construction Managers without formal qualifications working at higher levels within the industry have benefited greatly because of this initiative, but unfortunately very few of the beneficiaries are Ladies. Why is this?  because the benefits are almost instantaneous in terms personal recognition and increased work opportunities.

Please contact CADUK if you are interested in attaining MCIOB through the NVQ7 route on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.


Here are few reviews from some of our past learners who have achieved the Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management and are now Members of the Chartered Institute of Building. Fantastic feedback, unfortunately no reviews from any Ladies.

Michael O’Byrne MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement October 2015)

I recently completed the NVQ Level 7 in Senior Construction Management and immediately went on to get my CSCS Black Management Card. I then successfully applied for MCIOB, Chartered Construction Manager. The support and encouragement I got from Gary Pollard and his team was fantastic. This has opened up a lot of doors for me and I highly recommend using CAD UK.

 

Mark Mills MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement April 2016)

I have recently completed a NVQ Level 7 in senior construction and found the support and help offered by CADUK to be invaluable they were there to assist and offer guidance throughout the entire process from initial profiling and the choosing of modules through to final assessment.

If you are looking to undertake a course I would highly recommend them.

 

Andrew Lee MCIOB (NVQ 7 Achievement March 2016)

Having recently completed the NVQ Level 7 in Senior Construction Management, I could not recommend CADUK highly enough.

The support throughout was excellent, even helping me to prepare for my MCIOB application.

 

Darren  Allen FCIOB, MRICs (NVQ Achivement April 2014)

The opportunity to study with ‘CADUK’ provided me a platform for the future. CADUK are an organisation located within the UK who serve a global market with a local approach in competency based qualifications tailored to the construction industry.

The support from Day 1 from the staff and the mentors makes the journey a seamless one, the whole experience revolves around an individual’s effort to allocate the required time to complete the modules.If done successfully the period of obtaining the NVQ Level 7 can be a matter of weeks.

The NVQ Level 7 personally was two fold, fulfilling a long term goal to achieve Chartered Membership with the CIOB, and a platform to start a doctorate program in business administration. Keep up the good work!

 

Arash Noori FCIOB, Assoc RICs (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2014)

If you want recognition at the highest level and to become a Chartered Builder or Consultant via distant learning courses then the NVQ7 course is the perfect solution.

Gary and his team have helped my through out the whole course and boosted my confidence. I can not praise them enough. As a small building company owner this was an ideal route.

Once passed the Diploma I became an Associate member of RICS and have since become a Fellow of the Institute of Building. Fantastic result!

 

David Andrews w/t MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement April 2016)

I have recently completed my NVQ Level 7 in Construction Senior Management and I cannot speak highly enough of all members of their team.

They provided me with an excellent service throughout and it was money well spent. I gained a vast amount of knowledge from each completed unit and it has already shown its benefits with instant career progression.

Thank you to you all at CADUK.

 

Murray Arnold w/t MCIOB (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2016)

In 2014 I contacted CADUK regarding personal development. Mr Pollard from CADUK was extremely helpful in giving me all the information that i required. CADUK were fast and professional in their mentor-ship. They encouraged me and pointed me in the right direction regarding my goals. This is the first step of my mature learning process and without CADUK supporting me i would not be where I am today. I am focused and now have my direction.

I thoroughly recommend others in the business to embark on professional recognition. You will hit a brick wall that is un-scaleable without it.

Thanks CADUK for all your support.

17

Aug

Congratulations Murray Arnold on attaining MCIOB and AssocRICS through the NVQ7

Murray like many other construction managers had worked his way up through the ranks while working overseas in extremely demanding locations and positions – this was when experience counted for everything.

For 14 years he worked as a military construction contractor, however he saw this market closing and decided to make the move to Oil and Gas. He quickly found out that experience, no mater how much, was simply not enough. He now needed professional recognition and Planned development process to give him more opportunities.

Murray contacted CADUK who established that the NVQ 7 in Construction Senior Management was the perfect route for him, because on achievement he would have direct access to MCIOB and AssocRICS. This would be achievable despite Murray being located in the Middle East as the CADUK ePortfolio system offers the opportunity achieve the qualification totally online.

He is now delighted to have achieved all his goals. He was also sent a letter letter from the CIOB confirming recognition that his MCIOB achievement is recognised as degree level and is currently having this attested by the Kuwait government.

Murray can now look forward to enjoying a higher status within the business and a better monetary package.

Well done Murray!

To find about more about the Fast-Track routes to MCIOB and AssocRICS through the NVQ Level 7 (totally online) contact CADUK on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.

01

Aug

What it means to be a CIOB member

CADUK offer a number of NVQs that lead to Fast Track Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building. But what does this 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 the NVQ Fast-Track route, please visit our website www.caduk.co.uk or call us on (01952) 292 005.

09

Jun

CIOB Declare Edexcel Pearson only NVQ route to MCIOB

Anyone holding a CSkills NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management will have until the 1st of Septemer 2017 to apply for CIOB membership. After that deadline date only those holding an Edexcel Pearson NVQ 7 will be able to apply for MCIOB through the very popular Fast Track Route.

This is because CSkills Awards have taken the decision to withdraw from a recognition agreement with the CIOB. This is due to a range of reasons but mostly because CSkills Awards declined to meet the rigorous Quality Assurance requirement of the CIOB, who insist that each NVQ portfolio is assessed and externally verified by a CIOB member to try and ensure the correct standards are met.

The Level 7 Fast Track route to membership was designed by the CIOB to help Construction Managers who were put off by the cost of higher education, and reduce duplication and bureaucracy.

Whilst other professional institutions give priority to academic qualifications, the CIOB have recognised that the level 7 NVQs in Construction Management have an academic and competence value comparable to a master degree.  [as confirmed by the national Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)].

CADUK can confirm that all learners who have achieved the NVQ Level 7 Qualification have benefited enormously from the experience and from gaining access to MCIOB. Greatly enhancing their reputations, employment opportunities and increased earning potential.

For more information about higher level NVQs and their access to chartered status with the CIOB, please visit our website www.caduk.co.uk or contact us on (01952) 292 005.