Experienced managers in the construction industry who have achieved high level academic qualifications in construction management such as HNC, HND, Degrees are not doing an National Vocational Qualification 6 or 7 because they feel that their academic achievements have far more value.
Many argue that it took over 3 years to achieve their academic qualifications in the pursuit of academic excellence.
This is 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. Academic qualifications such as degrees are an opportunity to enter an industry at a high level without having set foot on a construction site.
The Black CSCS card is linked to a Level 6 or 7 NVQ which demonstrates occupational competence and confirms the skills, knowledge and experience of an individual that has been gained over time in a real-world construction environment.
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