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.

 

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.

 

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