Managers in the construction industry who have achieved high level academic qualifications in construction management such as Degrees are not doing an National Vocational Qualification at level 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 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 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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