Construction Management NVQ candidates seeking a CSCS Black Card are now able to gain access to online NVQ Additional Guidance and support 24/7. The support comes in the form of indepth audio podcasts for each unit. One series for the knowledge criteria (now live) and a second for the performance criteria (due for release in April 2017).
I teach at my management courses that “Change is here” to stay and a construction managers job is to be the central hub of all communication, staying ahead, anticipating and managing and coordinating all changes on a daily basis. Sometimes when doing this, which is a full time job, retrospectively, I ask of myself and my management candidates, if you had the time… what changes would you also like to have brought in?
I get a varied response to this from my management candidates which includes, adding more staff, being allowed to have more control on the recruitment of sub contractors, at planning, being a voice that sets the construction programme and being allowed to offer realistic bonuses and incentives to team members.
For me, as an NVQ training provider, the change I would have liked to have implemented was to provide my NVQ candidates with 24/7 guidance and support to enable them to complete their NVQ in a timely fashion. The most frequent compliant I receive is ‘I could answer the questions if I could understand them!!’ So this is precisely what I have done, created an Online 24/7 NVQ Guidance Audio Podcast Series for every unit in the Construction Management NVQ. Available to all candidates registered for their NVQ with us and also to external providers and their candidates.
Each and every NVQ is assessed on two criteria, knowledge and performance – ie. What the candidate knows and what the candidate does. What a candidate knows is evidenced in their candidate statements, sometimes called their knowledge questionnaires, and what a management or supervisory candidate does, is evidenced in their site records.
Each NVQ Unit for every qualification has specific standards to be met (National Occupational Standards). The standards state the knowledge and performance criteria which need to be met. It is the NVQ assessors task to translate those standards into a language which the candidate can understand. This I have done!
We have launched this series at NVQ level 6 Managers. The service is offered either with or without personal feedback. I am also currently working on the preparation for the service to be extended for NVQ levels 2, 3, 4 and 7.
For more information on our Audio Podcast interactive or stand alone courses, and other management and supervisory courses, please feel free to make contact. I look forward to dealing with your inquiry and assisting you or your employees with their personal development. This is what we do!