07

Sep

NVQ for ‘Quality Managers’ Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection

According to a recent survey by the CIOB more than three-quarters of construction professionals believe the industry’s current management of quality is inadequate. Based on the findings from the call for evidence and wider research, Paul Nash, past-president of the CIOB and chair of the commission is recommending a number of measures, one of which is to develop a competency-based quality qualification/certification.

CADUK are specialists in Construction Supervisory and Managerial NVQs and have identified the most relevant qualification for those responsible for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection is not only accessible to Clerk of Works, Site Inspectors and Building Quality Officers who monitor the work of companies that carry out contracts for their employer or client. It is also accessible to those individuals who typically work for both Main Contractors and Sub Contractors who liaise closely with the client team to ensure a quality product. In some companies this is a stand alone function, however typically this role is undertaken as a duel function by more experienced site/construction managers. Although employed by the contractor, these quality managers are really carrying out the work of the old Clerk of Works, without arguably the same level of impartiality.

This qualification is broadly comparable to Bachelors Degree in Construction Management and demonstrates that that you carry out your job function to an industry standard. Other benefits would include access to Membership of the ICWCI, Black CSCS card and Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building through the full professional review.

CADUK have seen a noticeable increase in applicants for the Level 6 Senior Site Inspection qualification particularly from Scotland, largely because the Scottish government is considering making it mandatory to employ a clerk of works on all public sector jobs, a requirement that would have a massive impact on site inspection arrangements north of the border and could well have ramifications south of it too.

So if you are a Site Manager, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Quality Manager responsible for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction or even if you are a directly employed by an employer/client as a Clerk of works give CADUK a call on 01952 291005 or visit our web site for more details.

 

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.

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.

29

Sep

NEBOSH Diploma v C&G Level 5 Diploma in Occupational H&S Practice (NVQ)

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 and vocational qualifications to help them develop their careers and to prove that they are competent to carry out their responsibilities under CDM 2015. However, there is only one qualification 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 (NVQ) .

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 (NVQ) 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

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