The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have introduced new instructions to Awarding Bodies and NVQ Centres to ensure that the assessment of (construction) 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 extremely high risk 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 addition, 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 Operations NVQ providers should therefore carry out simple due diligence to ensure that they are dealing with reputable and accredited companies that will carry out the assessment professionally in line with these new guidelines.
In addition to the standard due diligence checks such as checking the Companies House register, checking company reviews online etc, you can quickly determine whether you are dealing with a trusted and professional NVQ Centre by asking centre staff or their Assessors to produce evidence of the following:
- Centre Approval status to offer qualifications from an Awarding Organisation such as SQA, City & Guilds, Pearson/Edexcel, NOCN and ProQual.
- An External Systems Verification Report from an Awarding Organisation confirming their risk level status.
The documents above should be readily available for any reputable NVQ centre, so if a provider cannot produce these documents, you should simply not engage with them. Remember the old saying “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur”.
CADUK were recently awarded a “Centre of the Year in the Wider UK” Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Star Award for our unique and innovative approach to delivering National Vocational Qualifications in Construction Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations, and received a High Confidence Rating in a recent SQA Verification Visit. We have helped over a 1000 people achieve their NVQs, so you can be confident that we will provide you with the best possible service.
Source: Construction News