The Construction Site Supervisor & Assistant Site Manager (Article)

Wanting To Make The Jump To Construction Site Supervisor or Assistant Manager – But Don’t Know How?

Introducing a new course aimed at filling the knowledge gap, for senior trade persons, gangers and site foremen wanting to progress and consolidate a position in Construction Site Supervison & Management.

Dear Supervisor/Assistant Manager,

The UK construction industry is still growing!  It is still estimated that the UK needs 224,000 new recruits to meet the overall pipeline of work by 2019.  There is no better time to become a construction site supervisor or manager!

So you want to make the jump but don’t know how? As you can see right/below we have identified a variety of hurdles facing supervisors and management learners, especially the first two and  last point.  In a nutshell, cost, learning style and qualification preparation are key issues.

My main aim in designing my supervisor’s training course was to address these issues; to enable others more easily to make the jump to construction site supervisor or assistant manager, not over many years as I did, but with the aid of a purpose built supervisory / management training course for learners such as you. This course has been built from my development experience and other manager’s experiences, practices and procedures and will do the following in a learning style and presentation specifically designed for construction industry candidates:

Our GAP course enables construction supervisor learners to understand how to professionally supervise construction sites  to current legislation, practices and procedures and to hold a supervisory position confidently. It also, by design, develops a resolve to supervise & manage H&S at the appropriate professional level from a moral, cost and legislative perspective and to that end, this course is ideal preparation for those candidates considering a supervisory NVQ and a later development into construction management.

Some of the Problems to Overcome

  • There are NO established routes for assistant or supervisors to become a full site manager.

  • Construction Assistant Managers and Supervisors wishing to become managers through promotion in the field are generally NOT academic learners and find it difficult to professionally progress.

  • Management and Supervisory training courses ARE generally costly in time and finance and take personel off site.

  • Fatalities and ill health due to construction related incidents are still a fact. There IS a gap between that which is being taught and the desired results.

  • The gap between SSSTS courses IS too long. Practicing Supervisors and managers need to have a refreshed vision to manage and supervise safely.

  • There IS a specific shortage of courses for construction management and supervisory CPD.

  • Candidates who embark on Management and Supervisory NVQ’s ARE often failing to complete timely due to insufficient preparation.

  • There IS a national skills management and supervisory shortage.

Does the above list resonate with you?

For those candidates already holding an assistant management role, the course gives clear instruction on how to manage your supervisors and how to manage construction sites  to current legislation, practices and procedures and again is excellent preparation for candidates considering an NVQ 6 in construction site management.  It must be noted that an NVQ is a National Vocation Qualification given to  a candidate, via the assessment route, for the job they are doing and have been doing for a minimal of 3 years.

The course is delivered via our mentoring learning environment and includes:

  • Audio lectures plus written teaching and visual slides.
  • Audio case study tutorials with textual explanations and slides.
  • Multiple choice interactive online learning assessment quizzes
  • A final interactive assessment with printed certificate.

The course specifically covers the following topics:

  • The Management and Supervisory Roles and Responsibility of a Construction Manager and Construction Site Supervisor
  • Good Management and Supervisory traits to be adopted and poor Management and Supervisory traits to be avoided
  • H&S Statistics and Trends
  • Construction Law, Regulations and Consequences
  • Construction Health, Safety and Welfare Manager’s and Supervisor’s Practices and Procedures

Many thanks for taking the time to consider our course.  In the design of this course we have addressed the issue of achieving a professional qualification without having to be an academic.  Our mentoring style is based on the concept of giving the correct information in a style that guides, supports and further equips construction supervisors and construction management learners.

If you are interested in the course and would like to have a chat with me please do contact me via the callback request form or call me directly (see our contacts page)

Looking forward to working with you.

Kind Regards, William

William Simpson, is a founding owner of Rivasure Skills Ltd. A co-developer of Rivasure GAP Courses and GAP Mentoring Program. An experienced Construction Management & Trade NVQ Assessor and CIOB member


PS: Below is a brief summary of the GAP Course

The 'Supervising Safely' GAP Course - In Brief

Wise learning from the life stories and experience of practicing construction managers

This course is designed as a stand-alone distance learning course.  The candidate will be required to answer the review assessment learning quiz at the end of each section and to complete the final course review assessment. They will be graded only on the final review assessment.  A certificate will be awarded when they achieve the required 80% pass grade.

This course requires preferably that candidates have as a minimum, a three year construction supervisor history, are able to work in sequential manner and are able to set aside a minimum of half an hour daily to maximise the benefits of the course.  The course duration is estimated at 14 guided learning hours.  It is essential that each candidate gives their studies the time and respect they deserve.

The most important aspect of the course is that all candidates recognize themselves in the course content and are then able to implement the course content into their working lives and working environments. By doing this, they will turn theory into practice and practice into procedure and procedure into profitable and safe projects and sustainable careers with promotion possibilities.

Do you understand your site manager's role? ... find out by listening to a short Sample Lecture OR View the Course Contents HERE (from £12)

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