CITB “up their game” for Plant & Lifting Operations NVQs

The CITB have introduced new instructions to Awarding Bodies and NVQ Centres  to ensure that the assessments of Specialised 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 high risks 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 additions 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 NVQ providers to help them achieve these NVQs should carry out simple due diligence to ensure that they are dealing with reputable and accredited organisations that will carry out the assessment professionally in line with these new guidelines.

You can quickly determine whether you are dealing with a trusted and professional provider by asking the centre or their assessors and verifiers to produce evidence of the following

  1. Centre Approval status to offer qualifications from an Awarding Organisation SQA, NOCN, City & Guilds, Pearson Edexcel
  2. An External Systems Verification Report from an Awarding Organisation confirming their risk level status.

If they cannot provide evidence of the above you should not engage with them. CADUK have just been awarded a High Confidence Rating in a recent SQA Verification Visit so you can be confident that we will provide you with the best possible service.

Source: Construction News



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!



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