How to Ensure that Work Activities and Resources Meet Project Work Requirements in the Workplace (13)

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The subject matter of this unit is quantified and qualified in several other units in this series.  For instance, ensuring work activities and resources meet project work requirements in the workplace for a professional site manager will include identifying the necessary resources (labour, plant and materials). It will also include managing project programs & sequencing works, monitoring production,  investigating and confirming work methods, resolving technical design issues, comparing work activities to project requirements and the examining the influence of work activities upon other trades and managing that influence so that all trades are able to meet their program dates. Therefore it must be noted that a good construction site manger plans and obtains project resources to programme and specification with aid of call off schedules and information taken from the SOW’s and BOQ’s (Scheme of Works & Bill of Quants) to set budgets.

It is also to be noted that a good professional site manager must be able to evaluate alternative construction methods, resources and systems as they come to his notice.  Our construction industry is always evolving and construction managers have a duty to provide the best service and build solution for their clients.

Finally it must be noted that a good professional construction manager must be able to manage their project program. ‘Change is here to stay’.   Being the master of change management involves being able to manage, nurture and massage change, where possible, to suit all stakeholders.  This involves monitoring works programmes and schedules to ensure they will meet changed circumstances.

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The problem for management NVQ candidates is that they ‘DO’ all of the aforementioned, but identifying what part of their knowledge is applicable to each question within their NVQ so that duplication of answers and confusion is avoided is often an issue.  To prove my point, please review the following typical questions found in the learning outcomes of this Unit: Ensuring that Work Activities and Resources meet Project Work Requirements in the Workplace:

  • Explain ways that allows major work activities to be identified.
  • Explain how needed resources can be determined from the information available.
  • Explain how draft programmes and schedules can be prepared and why they need to be prepared.
  • Examine current production methods, resources and systems.
  • Explain ways that can evaluate alternative work methods, resources and systems.
  • Describe how the best solutions to meet project requirements can be selected.
  • Describe the factors that determine project requirements.
  • Explain how clarification and advice can be obtained when the resources needed are not available, and who with.
  • Explain how work activities can be analysed against project requirements.
  • Describe ways that external factors can be identified and considered.
  • Explain how work activities can be analysed against external factors.
  • Describe how durations of programmes and schedules can be calculated.
  • Explain how to identify work activities that can influence each other.
  • Explain methods that can make best use of resources when sequencing activities logically and realistically.
  • Explain how the production of detailed programmes and schedules are ensured.
  • Explain methods that ensure programmes and schedules of planned activities are consistent with the complexity of the project.
  • Explain how systems can be developed that monitor works programmes and schedules.
  • Explain how systems for monitoring works programmes and schedules can be developed.
  • Explain ways that systems for monitoring works programmes and schedules can be implemented.
  • Explain how the using of monitoring results of work programmes and schedules can improve production and planning.
  • Explain how alterations to works programmes and schedules can be identified.
  • Describe ways of ensuring that alterations to work programmes and schedules meet changed circumstances.

The Solution. In order to better enable the seasoned professional to complete this Unit, Ensuring that Work Activities and Resources meet Project Work Requirements in the Workplace, Rivasure has produced a comprehensive online Audio Podcast Course.  This Unit is one of many online courses aimed at covering all of the key units contained within the Level 6 Construction Management NVQ Qualification. This series of Audio Podcast Unit Courses lays a solid foundation for each specific subject matter. Each Audio Podcast addresses each knowledge question, unpacking each one in detail and providing relevant and specific guidance.

In this Unit the learning outcomes are as follows;

  1. Identify major activities, determine the resources needed from the information available and prepare draft work programmes and schedules.
  2. Evaluate alternative methods, resources and systems in order to select the best solution to meet project requirements.
  3. Obtain clarification and advice where the resources needed are not available.
  4. Analyse the activities against project requirements and the requirements of external factors.
  5. Determine how long each activity will take, identify activities which influence each other and sequence them logically and realistically so that they make the best use of the resources available.
  6. Ensure the production of detailed programmes and schedules of planned activities which are consistent with the complexity of the project.
  7. Develop a system to monitor the works programmes and schedules, implement it and use the results to improve production and planning.
  8. Identify alterations to the works programmes and schedules to ensure they will meet changed circumstances.

A learning outcome sets out what a candidate can expect to learn and do as a result of their learning.  This Audio Podcast mentoring series is excellent resource for NVQ candidates and management learners studying how to ensure that work activities and resources meet project work requirements in the workplace


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Our Additional Online Guidance Series has proven to be a boost to candidates to more effectively fast-track them through the qualification. Each course matches a unit in the Edexcel NVQ Level 6 Diploma curriculum in Construction Management and are intended for guidance only.
(The complete series and more, is included free-of-charge to all our NVQ Level 6 Registered candidates)
Series Summary