ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice

Experienced Health & Safety managers can choose from a wide variety of academic and vocationally related qualifications to help them develop their careers. There is only one however that demonstrates that you are competent enough to carry out your responsibilities to a National Occupational Standard at a senior level.

The ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice is the new benchmark that is challenging the dominance of the NEBOSH Diploma which historically most Health and Safety practitioners have opted.

The ProQual Level 6 NVQ is now the highest level competence based qualification in Health & Safety (Comparable to a Bachelor Degree). The qualification was developed in partnership with IOSH the Chartered body for health and safety professionals and is registered on Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

This new qualification is designed for those involved in the practical application and/or management of health and safety and is appropriate to learners from a variety of sectors including Energy, Oil & Gas, Retail, Corporate Business and Construction.

To gain access to the qualification they will have to demonstrate that:

  1. They have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice.
  2. They report directly to or are part of the senior management team.
  3. They recommend and implement changes relevant to their role.
  4. They are aware of cost implications and budgetary control.

The assessment of the ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice can be tailored to individual’s needs and requirements. There are no exams, no workshops to attend, no time off work and it can be assessed totally on line so learners from abroad also have access to the qualification. Competence-based qualifications are not training courses, they provide recognition of skills, knowledge, experience and confidence that has already been developed over time in the industry.

The process of assessment is meaningful, thoughtful and systematic and designed to encourage the individual to reflect on their own professional practice. You will be required to confirm that you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to conduct your role to an industry standard. You will also demonstrate that you have a deep understanding of health and safety and its application within your organisation.

In Construction this qualification is ideally suited to Specialist Construction Site Managers, Senior Construction Managers, Senior Health and Safety managers, Property & Facilities Managers and those that carry out the role of Principal Contractor/Principal Designer under CDM 2015.

All CADUK assessors are experienced, qualified (MIOSH) (FCIOB) professionals with years of exposure within health and safety management, so you can be assured that we will provide you with the best possible support.  They will review your progress on an ongoing basis, offering guidance and support along the way, ensuring a timely achievement – you might even enjoy the experience.

To find out if you have access to the ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice click here and download our profile tool. Open the document in Adobe Reader so that you can use the interactive features and complete the document realistically and honestly. Send the profile tool back to us and we’ll call you back to discuss your responses.

Alternatively to discuss this, or any of our qualifications in more detail, give us a call on 01952 292 005.

NVQs in Construction

CADUKs Guide to the Benefits of NVQs in Construction

Well, what do you know about NVQs?

Contrary to popular belief its not who you know these days but what you know and what you can do that makes a difference in the world of work in Construction.

Who says so?

Employers throughout the UK and abroad are using evidence of practical, work-related skills, knowledge and experience as the measurement of how valuable their people are now and for the future. CDM Regulation 2015 which are the the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects have provided guidance for Principal Designers/Principal Contractors where they are advised to appoint contractors and workers and provide the managers and supervisors who have the right blend of skills, knowledge, training and experience. You can improve your chances of getting a better job and building a better career simply by being recognised for what you already know by committing yourself to undertake a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).

The following is an introduction by CADUK to NVQs in Construction. What they are; who they are for, how you get them, what employers think of them and how you find out more.

How do you show what you know and can do?

The best way to improve your career prospects is to show that your skills meet the standards agreed by Construction Employers across the UK.  NVQs are designed to help you do just that.

NVQs are National because the represent the standards accepted through the UK. They are Vocational because they are about the work you do. They are respected, high quality qualifications that are Internationally recognised that give you a certificate to prove that you have reached the required standard to carry out your job in the Construction Industry.

Does an NVQ involve sitting exams?   

No. NVQs aren’t about how good you are at exams, they are about how good you are at work. NVQs never involve written tests, they don’t involve trick questions – they are designed to let your skills, knowledge and experience shine through in practical ways. All NVQs in Construction (and there are over 300 NVQs in Construction) are developed by the CITB through consultation with National Working Groups and Practitioner Groups from across the four home nations, so they are developed by people who know the Construction Industry. They relate to the real world and many certificate holders and their employers will tell you that this is their main advantage. NVQs are not about going back to school. They are about going where you want to go in your career.

Where can NVQs in Construction take you?

With a little effort on your part, The relevant NVQ can take your career wherever you want it to go. Whatever your job in Construction at whatever level there is an NVQ for you. As your career develops further NVQs at higher levels will become accessible. The NVQ framework in construction is designed to help you make progress in your career. Having an NVQ  gives you a better chance of changing jobs or having access to work abroad. You could even have a career break without having to start from scratch every time. When you move on from a job you take your recognised skills and experience with you: by giving you formal recognition, NVQs help keep your career on the move.

Are Employers in the Construction Industry backing NVQs?

NVQs tell your employer a lot about you. By gaining an NVQ, you are making a strong statement about your will to succeed in your job, particularly if you have paid for it yourself. You are saying that your skill level matters to you and you want to improve.

They also give employers a national benchmark for judging the contribution you are likely to make to the business. If you have an NVQ you have shown that you are prepared to invest your time in being recognised as a proven contributor to business success.

How do you get an NVQ?

NVQs are really flexible. There are no time limits, no age limits, no special entry requirements. You can work towards NVQs in the way that suits you best – at work, at home, interactively online. You decide how long it will take – working at your own speed you can do it all at once or in stages. NVQs are awarded dependent on your work skills this may include being watched at work by your assessor but this depends on the qualification you are undertaking and individual needs and circumstances.

Who are NVQs for?

Everyone in the Construction Industry can benefit from NVQs. There are 7 Levels of NVQs ranging form level 1 covering basic work activities through to level 7 for senior managers – so they can help the careers of senior managers as much as relative newcomers to the industry.

What about special cases?

Every NVQ carries a commitment to equal opportunities. Age, sex, race and learning difficulties are not barriers to achievement. All that matters is your ability to meet the NVQ standard.

What Industry Accreditation and Professional Designations are accessible through NVQs?

As well as providing access to the highly sort after Blue (Operative), Gold (Supervisor) and Black (Manager) CSCS cards, NVQs also provide access to professional recognition with a variety of Professional Institutions such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), The Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI) and The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

How can you find out more?

Talk to CADUK.  Contact us through our website www.caduk.co.uk or call us on 01952 292 005

An NVQ for Quality Managers & Clerks of Works

According to a recent survey by the CIOB more than three-quarters of construction professionals believe the industry’s current management of quality is inadequate. Based on the findings from the call for evidence and wider research, Paul Nash, past-president of the CIOB and chair of the commission is recommending a number of measures, one of which is to develop a competency-based quality qualification/certification.

CADUK are specialists in Construction Supervisory and Managerial NVQs and have identified the most relevant qualification for those responsible for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection is not only accessible to Clerk of Works, Site Inspectors and Building Quality Officers who monitor the work of companies that carry out contracts for their employer or client. It is also accessible to those individuals who typically work for both Main Contractors and Sub Contractors who liaise closely with the client team to ensure a quality product. In some companies this is a stand alone function, however typically this role is undertaken as a duel function by more experienced site/construction managers. Although employed by the contractor, these quality managers are really carrying out the work of the old Clerk of Works, without arguably the same level of impartiality.

This qualification is broadly comparable to Bachelors Degree in Construction Management and demonstrates that that you carry out your job function to an industry standard. Other benefits would include access to Membership of The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI), Black CSCS Card and Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) through the full professional review.

CADUK have seen a noticeable increase in applicants for the Level 6 Senior Site Inspection qualification particularly from Scotland, largely because the Scottish government is considering making it mandatory to employ a clerk of works on all public sector jobs, a requirement that would have a massive impact on site inspection arrangements north of the border and could well have ramifications south of it too.

So if you are a Site Manager, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Quality Manager (responsible for monitoring project quality and managing project progress and handover in construction) or even if you are a directly employed by an employer/client as a Clerk of works, take a look at the Pearson Edexcel Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Senior Site Inspection.

Alternatively to discuss this, or any of our qualifications in more detail, give us a call on 01952 292 005.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management

Achieved the NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management? What’s Next?

CADUK are specialists in the delivery of the Level 6 NVQ in Construction Site Management and are often asked by achievers of this qualification for our advice and guidance as to the next steps in terms of their professional development.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

For those who are genuinely carrying out the work at Level 6, the Level 7 is a step too far because they have not yet developed the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful.  There is however an alternative option that will provide them with further development opportunities and add real value to their CV.

CADUK recommend the ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice because it should be accessible to most site based construction managers. The qualification is designed for those people involved in the practical application and/or management of health and safety. They will have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice and will report directly to or be part of the senior management team.

But don’t take our word for it click here to download the Initial Profile Tool for this qualification and carry out your own self assessment to see if you have access to this NVQ. On achievement of this qualification the individual will not only be able to demonstrate to the client that they have the qualification and relevant skills and knowledge to carry out their health and safety role effectively, the qualification would also be added to their Black CSCS Card alongside their existing qualification and they would be able to access Graduate Membership of IOSH (Grad IOSH).

If you are are an experienced Construction Site Manager and would like to undertake this Health and Safety qualification please complete the profile tool in the link above and return it to us or give us a call us on (01952) 292 005.

Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

NVQ for Principal Designer/Contractor (CDM 2015) – ProQual Level 6 NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

The ProQual Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice is designed for those people involved in the practical application and/or management of health and safety and is appropriate to people from a variety of sectors including Energy, Oil & Gas, Retail, Corporate Business, and Construction. They will have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice and will report directly to or be part of the senior management team.

CADUK are specialists in Construction Supervisory and Managerial NVQs and have identified the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Practice as the qualification that provides the Principal Designer or Principal Contractor  (i.e. those people responsible for the H&S of the project in construction phase and its safe delivery as defined in Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015) with formal recognition for the skills and knowledge that would be needed to carry out this role effectively.

But don’t take our word for it click here to download the Initial Profile Tool to see if you have access to this qualification by carrying out your own self assessment against the requirements of the qualification. On achievement of this Level 6 NVQ, the individual will not only be able to demonstrate to the client that they have the qualification and relevant skills and knowledge to carry out their role effectively, but will also have access to the Black CSCS CardGraduate Membership of IOSH (Grad IOSH) and Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB) through the Full Professional Review.

If you carry out the role of Principal Designer/Contractor and would like to undertake this qualification please complete the profile tool in the link above and return it to us, or give us a call us on (01952) 292 005.

Pearson Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management

Zero to HERO – The Pearson Level 7 NVQ in Construction Senior Management

Due to a variety of factors (new industry regulations, client expectations, Brexit, industry downturn and increased competition from those who have benefited from a university education) a large number of experienced Construction Managers are missing out on work opportunities in the UK and abroad. This is not the result of their lack of skills, knowledge and experience, but simply because they don’t have the relevant managerial qualifications, professional recognition and industry accreditation.

CADUK have identified that the achievement of the Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management is the qualification that can take these experienced construction managers from ‘Zero’ to ‘Hero’ in just a few months.

All they have to do is reflect on their own professional practice, provide evidence of how they do their job or how they have done it in the past.

Within a few months they could:

  1. Become a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB)
  2. Become an Associate Member of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Assoc RICS)
  3. Become a Member of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (MCABE)
  4. Be in possession of a Black CSCS Card

Many construction managers mistakenly believe that because the Level 7 NVQ Diploma is broadly equivalent to a Masters Degree and they don’t work for a main contractor that they aren’t able to achieve it. In our experience in the majority of circumstances this is not the case.

To find out if you have access to the Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management, click here and download our profile tool. Open the document in Adobe Reader so that you can use the interactive features and complete the document realistically and honestly. Send the profile tool back to us and we’ll call you back to discuss your options.

Alternatively to discuss this, or any of our qualifications in more detail, give us a call on 01952 292 005.

NEBOSH Diploma v C&G Level 5 Diploma in Occupational H&S Practice (NVQ)

Experienced H&S managers in construction and those who engage in the role of Principle Designer (CDM) can choose from a wide variety of academic and vocational qualifications to help them develop their careers and to prove that they are competent to carry out their responsibilities under CDM 2015. However, there is only one qualification that can provide added value to meet the requirements of GradIOSH and also allow them to gain access to the much coveted industry recognised Black CSCS card and that is the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (NVQ) .

All routes to Grad IOSH and the Black CSCS card involve some form of assessment, however only the assessment methods used on competence based assessment qualifications can be tailored to the your individual needs and requirements. There are no exams, no workshops to attend and no time off work.

The process of assessment is meaningful, thoughtful and systematic and designed to encourage the individual to reflect on their own professional practice. During the City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice you will be required to confirm that you have the skills, knowledge and experience needed to conduct your role to the industry standard. You will demonstrate that you have a deep understanding of health and safety and its application within your organisation.

All CADUK assessors are experienced, qualified (MIOSH) (FCIOB) professionals with years of exposure within health and safety management, so you can be assured that we will provide you with the best possible support.  They will review your progress on an ongoing basis, offering guidance and support along the way, ensuring a timely achievement – you might even enjoy the experience. The City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (NVQ) is delivered primarily using a number of interactive features such as Skype, Whats App, telephone, email, remote desktop and our online ePortfolio system. The CADUK system allows you to embed workplace documentation, verbal comments and written narratives to demonstrate your knowledge and underlying skills in relation to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the qualification. One onsite visit is compulsory, that visit just puts the icing on the cake in terms of assessor support.

Click here to download the brochure for the qualification and here for the initial profile tool which helps confirms access to the qualification.

For more information on this qualification please call us on 01952 292 005, view the qualification on our website, or download our brochure here

NVQ for Senior Design Managers?

CADUK have seen a notable increase in interest from Senior Design Managers looking to gain professional recognition for the work that they carry out. Many already have academic qualifications but have no CDM 2015 compliant way of demonstrating occupational competence.

Achievement of the Pearson/Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design & Consultancy Practice is the obvious solution. This Masters Degree level qualification provides recognition for employed and self-employed Design Managers (also known as Design Coordinators or Design and Build Managers) directly responsible for directing design projects as well as the teams that deliver design solutions.

In addition to managing the design team and the design process using his/her commercial, contractual and technical expertise, they will also advise the client as to the requirements in the development of a building design regarding current legislation, standards and codes of practice. They will work to ensure design information is of the appropriate quality and keeps pace with project timescales.

In addition to providing Senior Design Managers with access to the Black CSCS Card, achievement of this qualification provides the opportunity for individuals to apply for Membership of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Membership of The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), and Associate Membership of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

There are two pathways for this qualification:

  • Pathway 1 is for design managers that direct or lead Built Environment design teams.
  • Pathway 2 is for design specialists that run their own consultancy businesses

This qualification will compliment and enhance any academic qualifications previously achieved by Design Managers.

To find out if you have access to the Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design & Consultancy Practice, click here and download our profile tool. Open the document in Adobe Reader so that you can use the interactive features and complete the document realistically and honestly. Send the profile tool back to us and we’ll call you back to discuss your options.

Alternatively to discuss this, or any of our qualifications in more detail, give us a call on 01952 292 005.

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