CADUK Receive SQA Star Award

CADUK Receive SQA Star Award for unique and innovative approach to delivering Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations NVQs

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.

The annual Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Star Awards was held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow  and is a celebration of the outstanding achievements in education and training across Scotland, the UK and around the world.

CADUK have delivered over 1000 construction-based NVQs since 2011 via our an interactive electronic assessment process that we developed with the help of feedback from our assessor’s, learners and their employers.

We fully utilise technology to provide a unique one-day assessment delivered directly on-site.  Learners will be supported and assessed by one of our specialist Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations assessors (all of whom have vast industry experience). The aim is for the assessor, learner and their employer to work together to help capture evidence of competence that is automatically uploaded to an online area where this evidence can be shared and validated by the Centres QAC. This unique process enables CADUK to provide the learner with a document that will allow the learner to contact CITB and access their Blue CPCS card quicker than any other provider. In some cases the learner could be requesting their Blue CPCS card on the same day as their assessment takes place.

See some of our reviews further down the page, or follow this link to see what our learners are saying about us.

NVQs in Construction

CADUKs Guide to the Benefits and Value 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 or call us on 01952 287485

Level 2 NVQ - Plant / Vehicle Marshaller

CADUK, Quality Provider’s of Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations NVQs

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:

  1. Centre Approval status to offer qualifications from an Awarding Organisation such as SQA, City & Guilds, Pearson/Edexcel, NOCN and ProQual.
  2. 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

CADUK deliver their 850th NVQ in Plant & Controlling Lifting Operations!

CADUK are well known in the Construction industry for the delivery of Supervisory and Managerial NVQs in the Built Environment through our unique online E-assessment process. We are however, equally proud of our achievements in helping 850 individuals achieve their NVQs in Plant and Controlling Lifting Operations from levels 2-5.

Since 2014 we have been developing an on-site electronic assessment system that enables candidate achievement of the NVQ in a far quicker time period than any of our competitors, whilst still maintaining the integrity and quality of the qualification.

In a recent audit by SQA (The Scottish Qualifications Authority) CADUK were rated at having “significant strengths” in all areas and received laudatory comments that “the CADUK I.T cloud system designed by the centre is very supportive to candidates. The use of electronically recorded evidence greatly enhances the assessment process to the benefit of the individual and the employer”.

Our online system, combined with the professionalism of our specialist NVQ assessors and administrators ensures timely achievement of the NVQ and speedy access to the Blue CPCS card.

CADUK’s philosophy in terms of assessment is ‘less is more’. We cut out the bureaucracy and box ticking of the assessment process and focus on what’s important, and that’s to ensure the competence of the individual learner in a fair and cost effective way.

In partnership with the Awarding Body (SQA) we endeavor to provide evidence of achievement within one to 5 days to enable individuals to gain access to their CPCS Blue card. If you are unhappy with the way that your current NVQ provider conducts the assessment process, why not give us a call on (01952) 292 005 or send us an enquiry and we’ll get back to you.

Fiona Crozier achieves her 4th Plant Operations NVQ with CADUK through our unique e-assessment route

Multi skilled Plant Operator Fiona Crozier achieves her 4th Plant Operations NVQ with CADUK through our unique e-assessment route!

FIONA CROZIER completed her Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operations (Crawler Crane) with the support of specialist Plant NVQ Assessor John Bull.

Fiona was already a multi-faceted Plant Operator having achieved NVQs in 360 degree Excavator, Forward Tipping Dumper and Telescopic Handler.

For several years before she took up operating Plant full time she used to work for CAN geo carrying out rope access work along the railway banks and sea land slides at Dawlish, Lime bay.

John carried out the assessment process using CADUK’s own e-assessment portal. This system simply allows the assessor to carry out an on-site assessment in the normal way (i.e. on-site observation, professional discussion and the collection of workplace evidence), the difference being that the whole assessment process is recorded electronically and can be viewed by the internal verifier within seconds of the assessment taking place. This process ensures that (if appropriate) CADUK can apply for learner certificates the very same day the assessment takes place.

John explained that as soon as he met and started to interview Fiona “it was obvious that she’s passionate about construction, particularly operating cranes. She is an excellent role model for other females considering a career in construction”.

Fiona is currently self-employed working as a crane operator currently Jackson Cranes and is keen to expand her client base of companies.

Fantastic work Fiona, well done!

CADUK qualify their first Female Plant operator!

CADUK have qualified our first female Plant Operator through our unique e-assessment route!

Julia Thompson completed her Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations (Hoists) with the support of specialist Plant NVQ Assessor John Bull.

Julia now has access to the Blue CPCS Card, Well done Julia, you’re paving the way for more ladies to embark on a career in construction.

John carried out the assessment process using the CADUK e-assessment portal. This system simply allows the assessor to carry out an on-site assessment in the normal way i.e. on-site observation, professional discussion and the collection of workplace. The difference being that the whole assessment process is recorded electronically and can be viewed by the internal verifier within seconds of the assessment taking place. This ensures that if appropriate CADUK can apply for learner certificates on the same day as the assessment.

CADUK are able to offer real savings in both the time taken to assess learners on site and the overall cost of the qualification. In most cases learners have their certificates issued within a 2 week window.

To find out more about our unique assessment process, please visit our website or give us a call on (01952) 292 005

For a full list of our Plant and Controlling Lifting Operations and costings, please visit the links below:

Plant Operations NVQs

Controlling Lifting Operations


CITB Revokes Thousands of CSCS Cards

Thousands of construction workers have had their CSCS cards revoked following an investigation into card fraud at five test centres.

A total of 4,615 cards have been taken away by the CITB as part of an ongoing probe after the BBC’sNewsnight revealed in October that workers were paying cash to fraudulently pass CSCS tests.

Following the investigation, more than 6,000 candidates who had completed their health, safety and environment test and more than 2,000 people who had completed the site safety plus certificate were required to retake their test.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme wrote to all the affected cardholders in November to tell them they needed to retake their tests.

They were given until 20 December to register or risk cancellation of their CSCS card.

Of those affected, a total of 5,480 did not register to retake their test and as a result their test result is now void. Of those individuals who have already used their test result to obtain a card, 4,615 cards have been revoked.

The 553 remaining candidates have until the 14 February to pass their tests before their cards are also revoked.

CSCS chief executive Graham Wren said: “We take assurance that CITB’s in-depth analysis was accurate.

“While we accept that some people have been inconvenienced, we have kept this to a minimum and removed unsafe cards from circulation.

“We are urging employers to check the validity of all cards by either electronically reading the CSCS SmartCard or by using ‘Card Checker’ via the CITB website, to make sure that invalid cards are not permitted on site.”

He added: “While the number of people suspected of fraudulent activity is relatively small, compared to the 400,000 cards issued each year, this type of behaviour has the potential to undermine legitimate employees and harm the reputation of the industry.

“It is important employers are able to trust the training and qualification providers as well as the card certification schemes carrying the CSCS logo.”

Source: Construction News