As you are probably aware, the CSCS Profiled Route came to an end on the 31st March, 2016. With it came the end of a legitimate fast track system to gain a CSCS management and supervisory card. At RivaSure we processed and assisted in excess of 400 candidates with our fast track interactive service.
So, what did we learn about our candidates and are we able to use what we learnt to benefit construction managers and management learners going forward?
We have learnt a great deal from our candidates! A small percentage (approx.3%) of our candidates were consummate professionals with an academic background who were good candidates for an NVQ 7 . However, the majority of our candidates who were consummate professionals and were not academics, had risen through the ranks and were very suited to a profiling type qualification. These candidates on the whole were suited to an NVQ 6 and those who have progressed in this direction have still benefited from our assistance with their NVQ’s. We unpacked the knowledge questionnaires with them so that they could respond correctly to the academic questions in order that they were able to meet the qualification standards from their working histories.
We have also learnt that the use of ‘working histories’ (narrative learning-story telling) is an exceptionally good tool for engaging construction management learners and for embedding construction management knowledge and procedures. It is to this end that we have used our findings to create an online mentoring management and management of construction H&S GAP course which we have recently released.
This course is the first in a series and has been designed and written to be used as CPD for practicing managers and as a learning vehicle for assistant managers and supervisors to aid them into full management duties. It is also an excellent pre-access course for NVQ management candidates, giving insight to construction management practices and procedures that ought to be referred to when completing a construction management NVQ.
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