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 where you can download the appropriate profile tool to find out if you fit the criteria for these qualifications




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  1. Do you utilise the practise of APL ( accreditation of prior Learning) I think this practice has a different title but this was the title I knew it by when I worked on curriculum development and accreditation. In my experience many training providers seem not to know of this practice.

  2. Hi Liz, thanks for your comment. It’s now called RPL (recognition of prior learning) but some people get mixed up with credit transfer which basically means transferring a whole unit from one qualification to another. We find that most learners in construction (at all levels 2-7) come with a great deal of prior experience which our assessors value in terms of making the assessment process more accessible to the learner. The success of this assessment method is largely dependent on the experience of the assessor in terms of their ability and confidence to make a judgement call on how best to make use of the learner’s experience when selecting and agreeing assessment methodology.

  3. Great post but I am finding that alot of the issues are coming from agents who have no real understanding of construction industry or ever had any dealings with it before and it’s new way of doing things like the other day spoke to a agent who was 19 years old and just knew the job title and wage

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