Become an NVQ Assessor with CADUK

Clerk of Works? Whats Next? A competence based assessment qualification (NVQ)?

There are a great many experienced managers (Clerk of Works) in the construction industry missing out on a valuable qualification that can open the door to employment.

The truth is National Vocational Qualifications are valuable because they demonstrate that the knowledge and skills that have been developed have now been applied in the workplace.

The NVQ assessment process might seem less rigorous than an academic qualification, but don’t let this fool you. Experienced Construction Managers have earned the right to be assessed for an NVQ through the school of hard knocks, they have developed their skills over time, worked long hours and have undergone huge personnel sacrifices to gain access to these qualifications.

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of the Senior Site Inspection Level 6 which is directly related to what the Clerk on Works does on site.

All of our Assessors and Internal Verifiers are Members or Fellows of the CIOB, assessors hold MICWCI. So if you are interested in developing yourself further give us a call on (01952) 287 484.

 

Compliment & Enhance Your Construction Degree with an NVQ

There are a great deal of experienced managers in the construction industry who have achieved high level academic qualifications in construction management such as HNC, HND, Degrees that are dismissing the idea of undertaking an NVQ because they feel that their academic achievements have far more value.

Many argue that it took over 3 years to achieve their academic qualifications, paid an extortionate amount of money, burnt the midnight oil, attended workshops and lectures and undertook rigorous exams in the pursuit of academic excellence.

This may well be 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. This is particularly prevalent in the construction industry where competence based qualifications are actually viewed by many as having more value than academic qualifications. Academic qualifications such as degrees are an opportunity to enter an industry, and whilst the achievement of such a qualification is absolutely commendable – an individual could achieve a degree having never actually set foot on a construction site.

You cannot (for example) access a Black CSCS card with an academic qualification (i.e a degree). 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. Those that have achieved a HNC, HND or degree are however eligible to apply for the White AQP (Academically Qualified Persons) CSCS card.

The NVQ assessment process might seem less rigorous than an academic qualification, but don’t let this fool you. Experienced Construction Managers have earned the right to gain a Degree equivalent qualification (i.e an NVQ Level 6 or 7) that recognises the skills, knowledge and experience they gained through the ‘school of hard knocks’. They started at the bottom, worked long hours and underwent huge personal sacrifices to be able to work competently at this level.

Likewise we also believe that those construction managers that first achieved academic qualifications and have then gone on to gain real on-site experience should also grasp the opportunity to be recognised for their competence. Competence based assessment qualifications complement academic qualifications and actually enhance the individual’s workplace opportunities.

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of the Level 6 & 7 NVQs in Construction Management and are regularly asked by prospective learners for our advice and guidance as to the next steps in terms of their professional development. All of our Assessors and Internal Verifiers at levels 6 & 7 are Members or Fellows of The Chartered institute of Building (CIOB).

If you have a high level academic qualification and want to explore the benefits of competence based assessments, please send us an enquiry on our website www.caduk.co.uk or give us a call us on (01952) 287484 and we will help you identify the right NVQ for you.

This post is aimed at anyone that has achieved high level academic qualifications in construction and carries out management functions i.e. Experienced Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Estimators, Design Managers, Site Engineers, Construction Managers, Project Managers, Commercial Managers, Contract Managers, Property Developers, Facility/Estate Managers etc.

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), what is all about?

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.

A common misconception from those who are seeking to work in the construction industry is whether or not CSCS is a legal requirement. To work on a construction site there is currently no legal obligation to have a card before you work on site.

The law requires that those participating in construction work must be competent, that is why Build UK have agreed that workers, supervisors and managers on their sites need to have a CSCS Card.

In fact, most job adverts looking for operatives, supervisors and managers in the construction sector, ask for applicants to already be in possession of a CSCS Card before they apply.

Having a CSCS Card may not be a legal requirement, but without one, you will find it difficult for employers to engage with you.

Ask for advice from the experts CADUK on 01952287366

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management

Level 6 & 7 NVQs in Construction Management – A life changing decision!

Covid-19 is having a huge impact within the Construction Industry and many Construction managers will be faced with challenges around competency when they apply for work. Around 60,000 grandfather rights CSCS card holders and thousands more operating with CSCS cards that do not represent what they actually do are leaving themselves at risk. The immediate benefit however, of achieving an NVQ 6 or 7 in Construction Management puts that situation to bed.

It is important to remember that these NVQs at Levels 6 & 7 are comparable to Bachelor/Master Degrees and therefore should not be treated simply as a ‘tick box’ achievement but as something you can hang your hat on, it is a certificate of competence that cannot be ignored. For instance the NVQ Level 7 gives you a route to Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building through the shortened professional review.

When selecting your training provider, they should be able to demonstrate their commitment to delivering work based qualifications appropriately through their attitude to learning & development, professionalism and their respect for the qualifications and the individuals they are assessing.

At CADUK most of our assessors at Level 6 & 7 are Members/Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Building and are industry experts. Click Here to see what our customers have to say about us.

So when selecting an NVQ provider to undertake a Construction Management NVQ; consider the full implications of what you are embarking on,  as that this could be a life changing decision.

For more information, advice and guidance on any of our competence based Managerial NVQs please visit or website or call us on 01952 28 7366.

60,000 industry accreditation cards (Grandfather Rights) still in circulation!

For several years the strategic direction of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has focused on ensuring that all applicants can demonstrate the achievement of a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

Industry Accreditation, also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.

CSCS has consulted with the industry and agreed a plan that will pave the way for the eventual withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.

From 1st January 2020, all cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 30thJune 2024.

What each of the 60,000 Industry Accreditation card holders need to do next depends on their occupation and any qualifications they may already hold. Those without qualifications will be required to register for the appropriate qualification for their occupation before their cards expire in 2024.

The withdrawal of Industry Accreditation will be the final step towards achieving the Construction Leadership Council’s objective of ensuring cards are only issued to those who have achieved, or are in the process of achieving, a nationally recognised construction related qualification.

Contact CADUK if you need any further advice and guidance.

NVQ for Construction Managers

Construction Managers “You don’t know what you know”

Most Construction Managers without formal qualifications like NVQs 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’re 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), Black CSCS Card and much more.

The Qualification CADUK recommend that most Senior Construction Managers should undertake is the Pearson/Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management.

Our experience suggests that often; 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 lower levels, and are surprised to realise that they actually have access to a Level 7 NVQ – 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 be successful.

For more information, just give us a call on (01952) 287 366 or visit the appropriate link(s) below and download our self-assessment profile tool to find out if you have access to either of these qualifications:

Construction Senior Management

CSCS Gold Card Occupational Work Supervision

NVQ Level 3 Occupational Works Supervision – Remote assessment – Gold CSCS card!

What is the Gold CSCS Card?

The Gold CSCS card is accessible to those that have achieved the Level 3 NVQ in Occupational Works Supervision  construction industry. This card demonstrates that you have the skills,  knowledge, experience and capability to supervise personnel in a construction environment.

How can I access this card though the fast-track route?

Foremen/Gangers (i.e. those who contribute to the supervision of a particular occupation – such as formworkers, steelfixers, construction operatives, labourers etc) can access the CSCS Gold Card through the CADUK’s fast-track assessment of the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision.

Is this fast-track route accessible to all Gangers/Foremen?

Yes, this fast-track assessment is appropriate for established supervisors that are time-served, experienced and confident in their role. These supervisors will have already gained the skills, knowledge and experience required to complete this qualification on the job, over time, in a real construction-site environment. We aren’t teaching you how to become an occupational supervisor through this fast-track route, you’re proving to us that you’re already doing it competently and safely.

This fast-track assessment route is therefore not suitable for those who are still developing their abilities as a supervisor and/or have only been in the role for a short time.

How long does the fast-track assessment take?

Our fast-track process does not require our assessor coming to site due to Covid 19 restrictions. Candidates will need to do some preparation beforehand and gather the relevant evidence and documentation to ensure the assessment process can be conducted effectively. Rather than a traditional ‘pen and paper’ assessment, our assessor will electronically capture the assessment and evidence.

This route is particularly beneficial for those whose CSCS cards need urgent renewal or upgrade.

Which occupations are covered by this qualification?

In order to apply for your Gold CSCS card, you must be assessed as a Supervisor against a particular occupation (or occupations). Your chosen occupation(s) will be listed on the back of your Gold CSCS card. You must therefore ensure that your occupation is approved on the CSCS list of supervision occupations, you can do this by Clicking Here.

My occupation is on CSCS approved list, how can I apply for this Level 3 NVQ?

We determine these things through our initial profiling process. Please Click Here To Download The Initial Profile Tool.

Download the profile tool document to your computer (make sure you open it specifically in Adobe Reader so that you can fill the electronic form in correctly) and return the completed form to us. We will then review your responses and get back to you to advise if you are suitable for this fast-track assessment.

How much does the qualification cost?

The qualification costs £1150 + VAT. This includes registration fees etc.

Can I get some more information?

If you need more information on the Level 3 NVQ and our unique REMOTE fast-track assessment process please contact CADUK on 01952 287 484.

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How can Planners, Estimators, Buyers & Quantity Surveyors access the Black CSCS card?

There are a great deal of Planners, Buyers, Quantity Surveyors and Estimators in the construction industry that are unaware that high level competence-based qualifications (NVQs) are available for their specific occupation. They’re all aware that academic qualifications exist such as HNC’s HND’s Degrees etc and many of them actually hold these qualifications, but is it enough?

The Pearson Level 6 NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations Management is a bachelor degree level qualification that has 5 distinct pathways tailored specifically for Planners, Estimators, Quantity Surveyors, Buyers and General Contractors. Many of these construction managers are not aware that specific qualifications directly related to their occupation even exist. This is partly because the ‘General Contracting’ pathway of this qualification is normally offered as a one-size-fits-all solution for simplicity.

Competence based qualifications (NVQs) are actually viewed by many in the construction industry as having more value than academic qualifications. Academic qualifications such as degrees are an opportunity to enter an industry and whilst the achievement of such a qualification is commendable, an individual can achieve a construction-related degree having never actually experienced a live construction site.

Although some use the NVQ route as an alternative to HNCs/HNDs/Degrees, CADUK have qualified a number of construction personnel on high level NVQs that already had academic qualifications. They held the White Academically Qualified Person (AQP) CSCS card to prove that they know the theory, but they also wanted the competence-based qualification and the Black CSCS card to back it up.

The Black CSCS card is linked to a Level 6 or 7 Qualification which demonstrates occupational competence and confirms the skills, knowledge and experience of an individual that has been gained over time in a real construction environment, which is why you can’t access the Black CSCS card with an academic qualification (i.e a degree).

The NVQ assessment process might seem less rigorous than an academic qualification because it is not a classroom-based assessment, but don’t let this fool you. Experienced Construction Managers have earned the right to gain a qualification that recognises the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained through the ‘school of hard knocks’. They started at the bottom, worked long hours and underwent huge personal sacrifices to be able to work competently at this level.

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of this qualification and are regularly asked by prospective learners for our advice and guidance as to the next steps in terms of their professional development. Most of our Assessors and Internal Verifiers at levels 6 are Members or Fellows of The Chartered institute of Building (CIOB).

If you would like to explore the benefits of competence-based qualifications, please give us a call us on (01952) 287 366.

Become an NVQ Assessor with CADUK

How do I become a NVQ Assessor in Construction Management?

According to a recent article in Construction Manager magazine, 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 at senior construction management the situation only gets worse.

Over the years CADUK have qualified hundreds of learners on the Pearson NVQ 7 Diploma in Construction Senior Management. Most of these have continued their professional development by becoming Members/Fellows of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and various other professional institutions.

Some of our learners enjoyed the assessment process so much that they went on to become CADUK NVQ assessors themselves. They wanted to give something back to the industry and to help other construction professionals just like them to develop themselves and their careers. They know how it feels to have started in the industry ‘on the tools’, worked your way up through the ranks over the years to the point that you’re now running the construction project – but the only qualification you have to your name is a ‘City & Guilds Level 2 in Carpentry’ or similar.

This is where the NVQ assessor comes in, he’s been through the process himself, he understands that it’s essentially one qualified construction professional determining whether or not their candidate is also a competent construction professional and enabling them to achieve the formal recognition that they deserve.

Becoming an NVQ assessor is more simple than you might think, a realistic time-frame to become and assessor is 6-8 weeks. CADUK train our own assessors in-house. Initially there is one full day of theory/learning which we carry out here at the CADUK office in Telford, followed by a live assessment of two candidates through professional discussion and production of a portfolio of evidence.

If you have achieved the Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management and gone on to become a Member of The Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB), you could be one of a handful of expert assessors that can help change construction manager’s lives with CADUK.

The cost to become qualified NVQ assessor though the Pearson Level 3 NVQ in assessing competence in the work environment is £1300 + VAT.

If you’re interested in becoming an NVQ assessor and joining the CADUK assessment team, please give us call 01952 287 366

Can existing construction managers close the construction skills gap?

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 as Covid 19 gets worse.

From our experience at CADUK delivering high Supervisory and 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, ICWCI, IOSH).

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, 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 amongst the most experienced and qualified in the construction industry.

For more information just give us a call on (01952) 287484 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

 

 

 

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