As an NVQ provider to the construction industry I am asked to provide NVQ’s on a daily basis for management, supervisor and trade candidates. I start off with my interview with the candidates by explaining that an NVQ is a process where by the candidate is awarded, via an assessment process, the qualification for the job they are doing. I then investigate the candidate’s current working situation and immediate working history and establish their level of skill and practice in order to place them on the correct NVQ.
An NVQ is a National Vocational Qualification. The NVQ is a work based qualification which recognises the skills and knowledge a person needs to do a job. The candidate needs to demonstrate and prove their competency in their chosen role or career path. It is the process by which a practicing professional with a minimum of three years experience is awarded recognition and a qualification for the job they are doing, without having to go to college or take time off work!
The majority of Supervisors and managers NVQ’s will be carried out online and consists of completing a knowledge questionnaire which is broken down into units. eg. approx. 18 units for a Level 6. Trade NVQ’s require more assessment time by the NVQ assessor on site.
When a candidate has completed a unit questionnaire they are asked to submit evidence to substantiate their answers. For instance on the H&S unit, to support their answers a candidate could submit a H&S audit of their site, copies of an induction and tool box talk and copies of their H&S Quals. and Certs. This information will then be assessed by their assessor and following the assessor’s guidance, they will then be asked to continue with the next unit.
Having understood the NVQ process and the pitfalls, we are here to assist Construction NVQ candidates to complete in a timely fashion. We identify each candidate’s knowledge and performance to the qualification standards, with each candidate, and enable them to record these evidences in their NVQ portfolio. We not only provide the NVQ’s but we stand with the candidate on their NVQ journey.
Are you working in a Level 2 Craft Role?
With regards to a craft level 2 NVQ, I explain that this level of candidate on a daily basis is carrying out their trade at an professional skill level. I explain that a level 2 craft NVQ is sufficient to evidence that the candidate is a qualified trade’s person, able and qualified to plight their trade world wide and alternatively, the advanced craft person is operating at a specialist level and can evidence the fact that this is the case.
For more information on the advanced craft level 3 NVQ please please complete our contact inquiry page and forward a copy of your CV.
Having now established that the craft NVQ level 2 is you, please read on.
As mentioned, it is important that all candidates choose the correct NVQ. A candidate should NOT select the NVQ for the role they want to grow into but they SHOULD select the NVQ for the job they have been doing for a minimum of 2 to 3 years.
A level 2 trade NVQ is suited to a professional crafts person. An advanced craft NVQ is suited to a specialist crafts person. A level 3 Supervisory NVQ is suited to a professional trade or works Supervisor.
If you do not recognise your working experience in the Unit headings, please complete our contact inquiry page and forward a copy of your CV.
Each candidate is given a personal NVQ assessor. The assessor’s job is to give the guidance and support necessary for the candidate to evidence his working history at the correct level / standard. It’s not rocket science and if there are parts of the process which are unclear, it is the assessor’s responsibility to bring clarity and understanding.
The standards of each NVQ are met by a variety of means such as completing a Knowledge Questionnaire, sometimes called the candidate’s statement, assessor’s report and or professional discussion, copies of certificates, qualifications and site documentation. The standards of the NVQ’s are set in accordance with the National Occupation Standard and offered by awarding bodies such as the CITB or EDEXCEL and are delivered via NVQ assessment or training centres. These qualifications are recognised throughout the world!
The NVQ OSAT (On Site Assessment and Training) process is a profiling exercise which is carried out in a systematic fashion, led by the assessor. Management NVQ’s are primarily evidenced by submitting site records and completing a knowledge questionnaire online.
There are two aspects of a candidates working life which are assessed, that which they do and that which they know. These are known as the knowledge and performance criteria.
The assessor is there to assist, assess and to ensure that eligible candidates gain their qualifications as efficiently as possible.
All NVQ’s are delivered in sections called Units. There are primary compulsory units and a choice of secondary optional units, some of which have to be completed to ensure that the qualification standards are met in full. Candidates are able to select some optional units which best reflect their working history and knowledge.
Each unit in of itself is broken down into mini sections with a learning aim specific to each mini section. A learning aim can be explained as that which a learner should know or confidently be able to exercise and evidence as part of the NVQ process.
A Level 7 will take a minimum of two to six months with a maximum of one year
A Level 6 NVQ will take a minimum of 6 weeks to three months with a maximum of one year.
A Level 4 NVQ will take a minimum of 4 weeks to three months with a maximum of one year.
A Level 3 NVQ will take a minimum of two to eight weeks with a maximum of one year.
All dependent upon ability, time and commitment.
Yes there is a payment plan – 50% of the cost once accepted onto the course with the second 50% due when the course has been completed.
The actual cost of an NVQ – Please complete our contact form so that we can discuss current prices.
There are various levels of NVQ which include:
Other NVQ Level 2 related services
Online Management and Supervisory H&S GAP Training courses. These courses are excellent NVQ preparation, can be completed in a number of hours and are offered with a full money back guarantee if our clients feel that the course did not meet their needs. For trade candidates, they are excellent for preparing trades persons entering into Supervisory of Management duties. We are aware that traditionally, many of the best construction supervisors and managers are those with a trade history and are in demand. We have created the GAP courses to assist in the transition.
NVQ, The Next Step
If you are interested and you would like to be put in touch with an assessor, the next step for you is to complete our ‘Assessor’ Contacts Form, right/below.
If you are not yet ready to fill out the contacts form in full, please just leave you name, telephone number and details of how we may assist you. You will receive an automated email within 10 minutes to confirm we have received your message. Please check your email inbox (and spam).
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To speed up the process, or when requested by us, please would you attach the following documents.
- a copy of your latest CV (download Sample CV Doc here)
- our one page RFI, Request For Information form (download Blank RFI Doc here)