remote nvq

If you are currently planning on acquiring an NVQ, you may be concerned that this will not be possible due to COVID restrictions; particularly due to the practical nature of many NVQs. Remote NVQs with CST Training allow you to acquire an NVQ from the comfort of your own home & site.

Benefits Of Remote NVQs

Completing an NVQ online means that you would not only be advancing your career by obtaining the skills and knowledge required by employers, but you will also not miss any work at all. You can simply send across the required evidence of your expertise to our assessors online and complete your NVQ that way. You won’t need to use any of your holidays or miss any work. 

There are no time limits on NVQs regardless of where you sit them, but a remote NVQ means that you can truly learn at your own pace. This flexibility will allow you to tackle the NVQ in only the ways that work best for you. 

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Understanding NVQs 

CST Training provides construction NVQs in the following fields: trade, supervision, management, OH&S (Occupational Health and Safety) and crane.

There are multiple levels of NVQs: Entry level is aimed at those with no previous qualifications or experience. Level 1 is where you will begin to apply your basic knowledge in practical scenarios. Level 2 will involve work-based duties of greater complexity. Level 3 requires more responsibility and initiative than previous levels, in order for you to carry out the more complex duties at hand. Level 4 is considered a specialist, usually covering a specific area of work. Level 5’s requires a very high level of expertise and initiative. Our management NVQs are our Level 6 & 7 NVQs which are for experienced managers hoping to take their career to the next level.

When it comes to qualifications, some may be turned off by the idea of exams. For NVQs, there are none. You will be assessed on your practical ability and work-based competencies. 

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Importance of NVQs

Regardless of the profession you are looking to progress in, acquiring an NVQ is vital in order to stand out to potential employers. Work-based, competence-based and professionally recognised across the UK, the NVQ serves as the ideal, practical route into the world of work. Employers are looking for a workforce that is skilled, up to date on best practice, and productive. With an NVQ, employers will recognise that you meet these requirements.

 Once you have acquired your Level 1 Award and your CITB HS&E score card, you will be all set to apply for a Green CSCS card. The first step of this process is proving that you have acquired the right qualifications. This will require a scanned copy of your Level 1 qualification, as well as the test ID number from your completed CITB test. This can be found on your pass certificate. Specifics on the documents required can be found on the CSCS website. The application fee is £36. Once you have completed each of these steps, you will receive your Green CSCS Card in the post. The card will last for five years, and will require a renewal after that point.

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CSCS and CPCS Card Eligibility 

Construction NVQs will make you eligible for CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards. A CSCS card reflects your qualifications in construction. The Level 2 NVQ makes you eligible for the Blue Skilled Worker CSCS Card, the Level 3 NVQ makes you eligible for the Gold Advanced Craft CSCS Card, the Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision makes you eligible for the Gold Supervisor Card, and the Level 6 in Construction Site Management for the Black Manager Card. 

An NVQ will also allow you to upgrade to a Blue Competent Operator CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) card. This card reflects the skills and abilities of a plant operator within multiple roles, and is based on professional competence, experience, and health and safety awareness.

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The Construction Skills Certification Scheme exists to ensure the safety of all construction workers. Looking for a job in construction? The following will show you exactly how to apply for a CSCS card.

Qualifications Required For A CSCS Card 

There are many different types of CSCS cards, and they each require specific qualifications. The Green CSCS (Labourer) card is aimed at entry-level workers. The fastest way to qualify for this card is with a Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. This course is provided right here by CST Training. 

CITB Health, Safety And Environment Test 

You will also need to pass the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (also known as the CSCS test). There are different tests depending on which CSCS card you are aiming for, so make sure you select the right one using the CSCS Card Finder. All necessary revision material for this test can be found at the CITB online bookshop. Help with revision is also available on the CITB mobile app. The test is usually taken at an approved CITB centre, and costs £21. More information on how to apply can be found on the CITB website

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Applying For A CSCS Card

 Once you have acquired your Level 1 Award and your CITB HS&E score card, you will be all set to apply for a Green CSCS card. The first step of this process is proving that you have acquired the right qualifications. This will require a scanned copy of your Level 1 qualification, as well as the test ID number from your completed CITB test. This can be found on your pass certificate. Specifics on the documents required can be found on the CSCS website. The application fee is £36. Once you have completed each of these steps, you will receive your Green CSCS Card in the post. The card will last for five years, and will require a renewal after that point.

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Other Types Of CSCS Cards

There are many other types of CSCS cards available. Many of them require NVQs provided here at CST Training

The Red CSCS (Apprentice) card is for those who are completing or have completed an apprenticeship. The Red CSCS (Experience Technical, Supervisor or Manager) card is for those who are working towards a qualification in construction. The other main requirement is having at least one year’s experience in a technical, supervisor or manager role. The Red CSCS (Experienced Worker) card is for those who have a year’s experience on a construction site, and are working towards a qualification in construction. The Red CSCS (Trainee) card is for those who are training towards a qualification in construction. This qualification can be vocational, professional or academic. The Red CSCS (Provisional) card is for those who are working within their probationary period and do not have a qualification in construction, nor a previous CSCS card. 

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The Blue CSCS (Skilled Worker) card is for those who have a qualification in construction or have completed an apprenticeship. This is the level 2 NVQ.

The Gold CSCS (Advanced Craft) card is the first of the advanced CSCS cards. It is designed for those who are highly skilled and/or have advanced qualifications. 

The Gold CSCS (Supervisory) card is for those in a supervisory construction role. The requirements are an advanced skill level, and experience supervising. The gold level cards are achieved through level 3/4 NVQs. 

The Black CSCS (Manager) card is designed for those with managerial experience and high-level qualifications in construction. These are achieved through level 6+ NVQs.

The AQP CSCS (Academically Qualified Person) card is for those who have obtained a degree that is not a NVQ.  

The PQP CSCS (Professionally Qualified Person) is for those whose work brings them to construction sites, but they are not based at these sites. 

 

Training And Development

Training And Development

Training and development gives a prime opportunity for all workers to expand their depth of knowledge, but many companies find learning opportunities costly in the current environment. Employees attending training sessions often skip job hours, which may hinder project completion. In spite of these possible pitfalls,  training and learning brings benefits to both individuals and institutions as a whole that make the expense and time a worthwhile investment. The return on investment from workforce training and growth is truly a no brainer.

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Benefits Of Training

Increased efficiency and compliance with requirements of quality – Productivity typically increases as training courses are introduced by a company. Higher operational efficiency will improve the performance of the project, which will in turn boost business profitability and future market share.

 

Enhances the reputation of the organisation – Having a clear and consistent training plan helps to grow the identity of your employer and make your enterprise a preferred option for applicants and transitions in mid-career. Education also makes a corporation more appealing to prospective future hires looking to develop their ability and the prospects associated with those new abilities.

 

Improved employee performance – The individual who gets the requisite training is able to do more successfully in their job. The training would give the employee a better understanding of their duties in their job and, in turn, develop their interest. This confidence would boost their overall efficiency and the organisation will only benefit from this. Employees that are knowledgeable and on top of evolving industry standards assist the business to maintain a place within the industry as a pioneer and powerful competitor.

 

Higher efficiency and happiness among staff – The commitment that an organisation makes in training tells workers that they are respected. A supportive place of work is created by the teaching. Employees could obtain access to training that they would not have known or tried for themselves otherwise. Employees who feel supported and motivated by training opportunities may feel more comfortable with their jobs.

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Reduced employee turnover – If employees are invested in, they are more likely to be appreciated and thus less likely to leave jobs. Training and development is seen as an added market advantage. Recruitment expenses are also lowered due to the retention of jobs.

 

Addressing weaknesses – Through their workplace capacity, most people would have certain weaknesses. A training curriculum helps you to strengthen certain qualities that need to be developed. A curriculum of development takes the individuals to a higher level, so that they all have common expertise and experience. This tends to decrease any poor relationships within the organisation that depend heavily on others to complete simple job duties. Providing the required training provides an overall competent workforce of staff that can take charge, work in teams or work individually without continuous support and monitoring.

 

An NVQ is an excellent method of training within the construction industry and will result in employees being competent on a construction site. An NVQ will also provide employees with the necessary skills and experience to carry out their job role in a more efficient way.