06

Jul

Withdrawal of the CRO & CSO Card, is this an inconvenience or an opportunity for Construction Supervisors and Managers?

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) withdrew the Construction Site Operative Card (CSO) in 2014 and stopped issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card from 31st March 2017.

This means that

  •  CSO cards will be out of circulation in summer next year because they were valid for 5 years
  • CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expired on 30th September 2017
  • CRO & CSO card holders must take further steps to replace their cards before they expire.

In 2012, the CRO card, which required no qualifications to obtain, accounted for a quarter of the cards in circulation, that is over 230,000 CRO card holders.  CSO cards which also required no qualifications to attain accounted for over half of the cards in circulation.  In the majority of cases CRO & CSO card holders will be required to register for existing or newly developed qualifications at operative Level, but what those who have developed their skills, knowledge and experience and are now responsible for supervising and managing the construction process?

Those Supervisors and Managers who still hold CRO and CSO card, who do not take the necessary steps to replace their cards will find they will be unable to obtain another CSCS card. These individuals need to undertake a Construction Supervisory and Management NVQ from Level 3 to Level 7 to gain access to Gold and Black CSCS cards.  Gaining measurable competence based qualifications (NVQs) is what the CSCS scheme is all about and its is all part of an individuals professional development and is good practice. People need to proactively take the opportunity to develop their careers.

There are a wide variety of competence based qualifications (NVQs) available that cover every aspect of construction supervision and management. Examples include:

Pearson Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Works Supervision – for  those who contribute to the supervision of formworkers, steelfixers, construction operatives, labourers, logistics teams etc.

Pearson Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations – For those people who might be considered to be office based such as Junior estimators, quantity surveyors, buyers, planners and general contractors; also people who might be considered to be site based and carry out such functions as dimensional control, surveys, work planning and technical sales.

Pearson Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision – For those who undertake the duties of construction site supervisors or assistant managers. Construction site supervisors will have responsibility for other people in their occupation and clearly be decision makers. Their duties include Controlling work progress against agreed programmes, Maintaining systems for health, safety, welfare and environmental protection and Allocating and monitoring the use of plant, equipment or machinery.

Pearson Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management – For those working in at senior site management level, e.g. those with responsibility for Controlling Project Progress, Ensuring that Work Activities and Resources Meet Project Work Requirements, and Controlling Project Quantities and Costs.

There are 5 routes to this qualification, Building & Civil Engineering, Highways and Maintenance Repair, Residential Development, Demolition and Conservation.

Pearson Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection –  For those working as site inspectors, architectural inspectors and quality inspectors. i.e. those managers who carry out the role of Clerk of Works.

These people will have responsibility for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction.

Pearson Level  6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations –  For those people will have responsibility for other people in their occupation and clearly be decision makers. These include roles such as Senior Estimators, Senior Quantity Surveyors, Senior Buyers, Senior Planners and General Contracting (This could include those who are Site Agents, Site Engineers, Site Managers, Logistics Managers, Lifting Managers, and those who carry out the role of Principal Designers (CDM Regulations).

This qualification is suitable for people who might be considered to be site based and have responsibilities for functions as dimensional control, surveys, physical testing and work planning. It covers all sections of the construction cycle including all forms of construction and civil engineering. This includes functions such as maintenance and demolition and companies specialising in a single operation such as roofing, plastering and shop-fitting

Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management – For those practitioners in the Construction sector who are working in a Policy-makingDirector or Senior management capacity: i.e. Contracts and Production Managers and Commercial ManagersOperations Directors of smaller construction companies, Property and Facilities Managers and Specialist Construction Managers; as well as those in Construction Project Management – i.e. those who oversee projects from inception to decommissioning, who advise stakeholders and who form and lead project delivery teams.

Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design & Consultancy Practice – For employed and self-employed design managers in the construction and built environment sector. It is designed to assess occupational competence in the workplace where learners are required to demonstrate skills and knowledge to a level required in the construction industry. This qualification is accessible to design managers working for the contractor and those who provide consultancy services.

All qualifications lead to either the Gold or Black CSCS card. Level 6 & 7 NVQs lead to professional status with the CIOB, RICs, CABE and ICWCI.

If you want to find more information about the qualification you believe you have access to please click on the link provided or give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or visit our web site www.caduk.co.uk 

15

Jun

Achieved an HNC, HND, Degree in Construction Management? Whats Next? A competence based assessment qualification (NVQ)?

There are a great many experienced managers in the construction industry who have achieved high level academic qualifications in construction management HNC, HND, Degrees who are dismissing the idea of undertaking an NVQ because they feel that their academic achievements have far more value.

Many argue that it took over 3 years to achieve their academic qualifications, paid an extortionate amount of money, burnt the midnight oil, attended workshops and lectures and undertook rigorous exams in the pursuit of academic excellence.

This may well be true, but to ignore the benefits of undertaking a competence based assessment qualification (NVQ) when you have access to one (at level 6 or 7) could be counterproductive in terms of professional development and access to work opportunities. This is particularly prevalent in the construction industry where competence based qualifications are seen to have more value than academic qualifications i.e. you cannot gain access to a Black CSCS card with an academic qualification.  The truth is vocational qualifications complement academic qualifications because they demonstrate that the knowledge and skills that have been developed in a learning environment have now been applied in the workplace.

The NVQ assessment process might seem less rigorous than an academic qualification, but don’t let this fool you. Experienced Construction Managers have earned the right to be assessed for an NVQ through the school of hard knocks, they have developed their skills over time, worked long hours and have undergone huge personnel sacrifices to gain access to these qualifications.

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of the Level 6 & 7 NVQs in Construction Management and are regularly asked by prospective learners for our advice and guidance as to the next steps in terms of their professional development. All of our Assessors and Internal Verifiers at levels 6 & 7 are Members or Fellows of the CIOB. So if you have a high level academic qualification and want to have a chat about the benefits of competence based assessments and help with identifying the right NVQ for you, please send us an enquiry on our website www.caduk.co.uk or give us a call us on (01952) 292 005.

This post is aimed at anyone that has achieved high level academic qualifications in construction and carries out management functions i.e. Experienced Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Estimators, Design Managers, Site Engineers, Construction Managers, Project Managers, Commercial Managers, Contract Managers, Property Developers, Facility/Estate Managers etc.

14

May

The Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management, a no brainer!

The Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management is designed for those practitioners in the Construction sector who are working in a Policy-makingDirector or Senior management capacity (Click here to download our brochure for this qualification)

i.e. Contracts and Production Managers and Commercial ManagersOperations Directors of smaller construction companies, Property and Facilities Managers and Specialist Construction Managers; as well as those in Construction Project Management – i.e. those who oversee projects from inception to decommissioning, who advise stakeholders and who form and lead project delivery teams.

This qualification is comparable to a Masters Degree in terms of academic value. Candidates need to reflect on their own professional practice and provide workplace evidence to demonstrate to their assessor (all of our Level 7 assessors are themselves Fellows or Members of the CIOB) how they carry out their occupational role.

Within a few months they could:

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

 

To find out if you have access to this qualification please click here to download our ‘self assessment’ profile tool or call CADUK directly on (01952) 292 005.

 

Below are a selection of reviews from some of our recent learners that have achieved the Pearson/Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management and are now either MCIOB or working towards it:

 

Louise Tully (NVQ 7 Achievement April 2018)

“I have just completed my NVQ 7 Diploma in Construction Senior Management with CAD UK and the support I have had from them has been first class.

They have helped me every step of the way and have been more than understanding when work commitments took over.

I would highly recommend CAD UK.”

 

Kevin Beaver (NVQ 7 Achievement April 2018)

“The NVQ7 in Construction Senior Management is a great programme and allows you to complete at your own pace.

The support provided by CADUK, Gary, Nick and David was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed the studying and found it to be a great learning experience.

Thoroughly recommend it to anyone that has not gone the BSc route academically and looking to gain chartered status with CIOB!”

 

Adam Powell (NVQ 7 Achievement March 2018)

“I have just achieved my NVQ 7 in Construction Senior Management with CADUK. Once I managed to set aside structured time to undertake this NVQ I completed it in approx. 2 months. From the moment I contacted them based on Gary’s enthusiasm and passion I knew this was the provider for me.

I could not recommend a provider higher. Great support, advice & service from start to finish. Thank you Gary, Nick & of course John.”

 

Luke Baker  (NVQ7 Achievement March 2018)

“I have recently completed my NVQ L7 Senior Construction Management, from my initial call to Gary at CADUK, to receiving my certificate I found the team to be professional throughout.

Many thanks to Gary, Martyn and Nick for the support though the process.”

 

Tom Messenger (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2018)

“CADUK Provided me with the facility and support I needed to get the correct qualification to further my career.

After a brief discussion with Gary, he gave me the belief that I would be able to complete the Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management. Once I started the course it took me 6 months to complete, based on 2 evening sessions per week and a morning at weekends. It could be done quicker but I was able to allocate the times that suited my life and my work without having a detrimental effect on either.

My assessor was David and I cannot speak highly enough of him. I now have my Black CSCS card, have completed my Professional review and await approval for MCIOB status”

 

Shaun Bull (NVQ7 Achievement Feb 2018)

“My experience with CADUK has been brilliant, I received great support and guidance throughout the learning process and constructive feedback on the assessments. A very Professional organisation that I would highly recommend for any of your Construction skill competence and assessment needs!”

 

Andrew Parkes  (NVQ7 Achievement Feb 2018)

“I had been searching for a higher level qualification to enhance my career prospects for some time when I came across the CADUK website and saw the range of courses they offer.

I contacted CADUK to discuss my options and from that point on the team at CADUK have been extremely helpful. Gary guided me through the application process and was a great source of help and motivation throughout the course, always available to offer advice. Nick provided support in the use of the easy to use online submission system and always offered prompt advice in the event of any technical issues. Last but not least John my assessor who provided positive, helpful feedback throughout the assessment process and challenged me to reflect on my experience and produce the best possible submissions.

I have now completed the Pearson Edexcel NVQ Level 7 diploma in construction senior management delivered by CADUK and would highly recommend both the course and CADUK to anyone considering undertaking a qualification of this type”

 

Rob Bazzant (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2018)

“The CADUK team acted as great mentors throughout my studies, despite us being on opposite sides of the World!

They are a first class organisation who’s knowledge and guidance was invaluable to me in achieving my qualification.

Thanks to the whole team at CADUK.”

 

Deon Swanepoel (NVQ7 Achievement Febuary 2018)

“I have completed my NVQ7 Diploma with Caduk this month.

A big thanks to the team at Caduk. They have mentored me through this Diploma with a high level of professionalism and dedication even when times got difficult.

Now that I have my Diploma they will continue with there Professional guidance to help achieve MCIOB.

It’s has bean a real pleasure working with Caduk and will recommend them to all.

Thanks for all the help once again..”

 

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30

Apr

CITB “up their game” for Plant & Lifting Operations NVQs

The CITB have introduced new instructions to Awarding Bodies and NVQ Centres  to ensure that the assessments of Specialised Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations NVQs are valid, effective and consistent, and have credibility across the Construction and Built Environment sector.

Due to some poor practice by some NVQ Centres and the high risks associated with Plant and Lifting Operations, the CITB have made it clear that all reputable and accredited NVQ assessment centres, verifiers and assessors “must maintain robust and transparent operational arrangements to promote the quality and transparency of  their assessment, certification and quality assurance processes”.

Furthermore the CITB have made it mandatory that all accredited NVQ Centres direct their assessors to use the following assessment methods as the primary source for meeting the requirements of assessment through normal performance in the workplace.

  •  observation of performance by the assessor or assessors
  •  witness testimony or testimonies by an expert witness/witnesses
  •  professional discussion.

In additions all submitted evidence must support skills, knowledge and understanding attained through performance in the workplace for at least a six (6) month period.

Those employers, or self employed operatives, supervisors and managers who are engaging with Plant & Controlling Lifting NVQ providers to help them achieve these NVQs should carry out simple due diligence to ensure that they are dealing with reputable and accredited organisations that will carry out the assessment professionally in line with these new guidelines.

You can quickly determine whether you are dealing with a trusted and professional provider by asking the centre or their assessors and verifiers to produce evidence of the following

  1. Centre Approval status to offer qualifications from an Awarding Organisation SQA, NOCN, City & Guilds, Pearson Edexcel
  2. An External Systems Verification Report from an Awarding Organisation confirming their risk level status.

If they cannot provide evidence of the above you should not engage with them. CADUK have just been awarded a High Confidence Rating in a recent SQA Verification Visit so you can be confident that we will provide you with the best possible service.

Source: Construction News

16

Apr

Achieved the NVQ 6 in Construction Site Management? Whats Next? GRADIOSH through the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (NVQ)

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of the Level 6 NVQ in Construction Site Management and are always being asked by prospective learners for our advice and guidance as to the next steps in terms of their professional development.  For those who are genuinely carrying out the work at level 6, the Level 7 is a step too far because they have not yet developed the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful.  There is however an alternative option that would genuinely provide them with further development opportunities and add real value to their CV.

CADUK now recommend the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice (NVQ) because it should be accessible to most site based construction managers. The qualification is designed for those people involved in the practical application and/or management of health and safety. They will have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice and will report directly to or be part of the senior management team.

But don’t take our word for it click here to download the qualifications initial profile tool to see if you have access to this qualification by carrying out your own self assessment against the requirements of the qualification. On achievement of this Level 5 Diploma the individual will not only be able to demonstrate to the client that they have the qualification and relevant skills and knowledge to carry out their health and safety role effectively, the qualification would also be added to their Black CSCS card alongside their existing qualification and they would be able to access Graduate Membership of IOSH (GradIOSH).

If you are are an experienced construction site manager and would like to undertake this qualification please complete the profile tool in the link above and return it to us. Alternatively you can send us an enquiry on our website www.caduk.co.uk or give us a call us on (01952) 292 005.

13

Apr

NVQ for ‘Principal Contractors’ CDM 2015 – City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

The City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (NVQ) is designed for those people involved in the practical application and/or management of health and safety and is appropriate to people from a variety of sectors including Energy, Oil & Gas, Retail, Corporate Business, and Construction. They will have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice and will report directly to or be part of the senior management team.

CADUK are specialists in Construction Supervisory and Managerial NVQs and have identified the Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice as the qualification that provides the Principle Contractor  (i.e. those people responsible for the H&S of the project in construction phase and its safe delivery as defined in Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015) with formal recognition for the skills and knowledge that would be needed to carry out this role effectively.

But don’t take our word for it click here to download the qualifications initial profile tool to see if you have access to this qualification by carrying out your own self assessment against the requirements of the qualification. On achievement of this Level 5 Diploma the individual will not only be able to demonstrate to the client that they have the qualification and relevant skills and knowledge to carry out their role effectively, they will also have access to the Black CSCS card and Graduate Membership of IOSH (GradIOSH).

If you carry out the role of Principal Contractor and would like to undertake this qualification please complete the profile tool in the link above and return it to us. Alternatively you can send us an enquiry on our website www.caduk.co.uk or give us a call us on (01952) 292 005.

05

Feb

CSCS announce Grandfather rights card withdrawal as a Priority for 2018

Following the withdrawal of the Visitor card the next step towards a fully qualified workforce is perhaps the most challenging. Industry Accreditation (IA), also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification (NVQ)

CSCS closed IA to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis. To meet the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) CSCS will develop plans to move all IA cardholders to a recognised qualification.

CSCS have stated that to achieve this within the necessary timescales it will require extensive industry consultation prior to implementation. In the meantime, existing IA card holders can continue to renew their cards in accordance with the scheme rules.

The withdrawal of IA will be the final step towards achieving the CLC’s requirement of ensuring nationally recognised qualifications are in place for all occupations

 

Source: CSCS

16

Jan

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

Due to a variety of factors i.e. new industry regulations (CDM), 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 a lack of skills, knowledge and experience, but simply because they don’t have the relevant managerial qualifications, professional recognition and industry accreditation that reflects their true standing in the industry. Many construction managers are not aware of the importance of having qualifications etc until they find themselves out of work. This however, is not best time to do something about the situation for a variety of reasons.

CADUK have identified that the achievement of the Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management   as the qualification that can take these experienced construction managers from ‘Zero to Hero’ in matter of a few months.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management is designed for all those practitioners in the construction sector who are working for Main Contractors and SMEs in a policy-making, director or senior management capacity. These include contracts, production and commercial managers, operations directors of smaller construction companies, property and facilities managers and specialist construction managers; as well as those in Construction Project Management – i.e. those who oversee projects from inception to decommissioning, who advise stakeholders and who form and lead project delivery teams.

All they have to do is reflect on their own professional practice and provide workplace evidence of how they carry out their occupational role.

Within a few months they could

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

To find out if you have access to this qualification please click her to download our profile tool or call CADUK directly on (01952) 292 005 to talk to our specialists. Go on, its a no brainer, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain?

03

Nov

Level 6&7 NVQs in Construction Management – A life changing decision!

The vast majority of experienced managers in the Construction Industry are aware of the immediate benefit of achieving an NVQ 6 or 7 in Construction Management i.e. access to work through the Black CSCS card.  But very few in our experience really appreciate the life changing decision they are making when they initially select the training provider who will support them through a qualification that has the potential to change the way they perceive themselves, how they are perceived by others (Employers, colleagues, recruitment agencies, Construction professionals, Joe public) and ultimately the powerful effect these qualifications will have on their career progression

Unfortunately due to the way some training providers market and conduct these qualifications (particularly at Managerial levels) many individuals and employers never get to appreciate the true value of these qualifications.

It is important to remember that these NVQS are at Levels 6 & 7 and are comparable to Bachelor/Master Degrees and therefore should not be treated simply as a tick box achievement. It is impossible for any individual to take any meaningful credit from a degree level qualification that has essentially been done for them or sold in the same way as a supermarket special offer: ‘two for one’ ‘20% off Xmas special’ etc. Ask yourself the question, would a university offer a degree level qualifications in a way that totally undermines their value? When you consider that a Degree in Construction Management will not get you access to a Black CSCS card and is effectively only a platform to enter the construction industry, which qualification has the most value to the experienced construction manager?

Training providers should be able to demonstrate their commitment to delivering work based qualifications appropriately through their attitude to learning & development, professionalism and their respect for the qualifications and the individual’s they are assessing.  For example all CADUK assessors at Level 6&7 are Member/Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building. A number of these Assessors came to CADUK  with no formal qualifications as learners on our Level 6 & 7 programmes and gained so much from the experience that wanted to train as assessors themselves to get involved in helping and supporting others. This why CADUK have access to so many construction professionals as assessors, because we have been instrumental in their personal/professional development.

So when selecting an NVQ provider to undertake a Construction Management NVQ please be aware that this is a life changing decision, consider the full implications of what you are embarking on. Depending on your experiences it could be the platform from which you can build on your career or it could end up being the last time you really undertake anything worthwhile.

 

For more information, advice and guidance on any of our competence based Managerial NVQs please visit or website or call us on 01952292005.

 

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.

To find out if you have access to this Level 6 NVQ Click here to download our profiling tool and carry out a self-assessment of your skills, knowledge and experience.

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.