NVQs are qualifications that help both companies and workers demonstrate that their skills and knowledge meet the required industry standard.

For Construction companies, NVQs are a useful way to prove existing skills within a business for accreditations and tenders or develops skills within the company to offer opportunities for career progression. NVQs also help to show workers have been trained to understand health and safety requirements in the industry and proves your skilled workforce.

For experienced Construction workers, NVQs are a good way to prove skills and knowledge to secure a new job or promotion or improve earnings potential. NVQs are also needed to obtain CSCS ‘Skilled’ cards and CPCS/NPORS ‘Competent Operator’ cards.

For Groundworkers, Flaggers and Pipelayers – The NVQ Level 2 in Construction Operations is available. Workers will need to demonstrate the skills and knowledge in the tasks they carry out in their job to obtain the NVQ. The qualification can be tailored to suit the role and covers laying modular pavement, kerb and channels, and installing concrete slabs and drainage.

For Forward Tipping Dumpers and Ride on Rollers – Workers who operate Construction plant on site could complete the relevant NVQ Level 2 in Plant Operations. There is an NVQ for each type of plant workers operate. NVQs are available for Forward Tipping Dumper and Ride on Rollers in a range of sizes and types. Operators will need to demonstrate their skills and knowledge to position, set up and operate plant to carry out the jobs needed on site for example moving raw materials, compacting materials, etc.

For Machine/Excavator Operators – Any worker that operates a 360° Excavator could gain an NVQ in Plant Operations for Excavating. The operator will need to demonstrate manoeuvring, positioning and operate excavators to show that they are competent. The worker will need to be confident with working on different types of ground and which different attachments should be used in different situations.

For Telehandler Operators – Workers who operate a forklift trucks will need to complete the relevant NVQ in Plant Operations. Operators will need to demonstrate preparing for, lifting, transferring and placing loads with a the truck for which they require the NVQ. It is important the operator understands all the risks and how to avoid them when operating different  forklift trucks and telescopic handlers.

For Highways workers – An NVQ Level 2 in Road Building and Maintenance is available. The workers will need to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the tasks they do in their day to day job to obtain the NVQ. As highways work includes many different tasks, the NVQ can be tailored to the Operatives’ role, including forming and finishing excavations, reinstating trenches, installing drainage and laying flexible pavements, etc.

Please contact us for the full range of NVQs available.

Achievement of an NVQ is a simple process. As workers already have experience in the job, there is no need for them to attend college; all the work can be completed in the workplace.

An assessor visits workers onsite to collect information that demonstrates their skills and knowledge. Photographs, videos, testimonies, discussions and training (if needed) are all collected and referenced to the requirements of the NVQ. Once the specification has been met and the quality assurance process has been completed, the certificate can be applied for.

Duration – An NVQ usually takes between 2 and 4 site visits.

Location – Onsite. Available Nationwide.

Those who successfully complete an NVQ will receive a certificate from a recognised awarding organisation: Cskills Awards.

Once the relevant NVQ has been successfully achieved, the appropriate CSCS/CPCS/NPORS Card can be ordered. For all cards, Operators must hold an appropriate and valid CITB Health, Safety and Environment test (within 2 years) to apply for the Card.