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What are the Benefits of a Construction NVQ?



An NVQ is a National Vocational Qualification, which shows that you can meet national industry standards in your area of work.

Achieving a Construction NVQ qualification can give your career the right kind of start, acting as a springboard to your progression through the construction industry.

You can take an NVQ for many roles, such as plastering, dry lining, operating forklift trucks, supervision, cranes and specialist lifting, and many more.

What is a Construction NVQ?

NVQs in construction cover a range of different types of work within the construction industry and they are available at various levels, depending on your skills and experience.

These NVQs cover construction related roles and tasks such as:

  • Plant operations
  • Slinger signaller operations
  • Lifting operations
  • Roofing
  • Cladding
  • Steel erecting
  • Steel fixing
  • Work supervision
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehousing
  • Management

You take a construction NVQ at work, performing the real-life tasks that your role requires.

You get solid, practical experience, and a qualification which confirms the skills you’ve trained in, and gives employers evidence of them.

What are the Benefits of Getting an NVQ?

NVQs in construction offer you plenty of choice, and at SB Skills you’ll find relevant NVQs for a huge variety of construction roles.

You can map out your own career, making sure the qualifications you want to gain match up with the work you’re doing.

And because construction NVQs come in a range of levels, you can find the right one that will work for your level of experience.

NVQs work by testing your abilities in real-world situations, carrying out specific tasks that relate to the work you’re doing.

Do I Need an NVQ for a CSCS Card?

NVQs are available at a range of levels (NVQ Level 1 to 7), and each aims at a different level of experience in the construction industry, from lower to higher.

If you complete a Level 2 NVQ that is construction-related, you can apply for a Blue Skilled Worker card.

Employers in construction have a legal duty to ensure that the people they employ are safe and competent for the roles they carry out.

In effect, this means that if you want to get work as a skilled operator in construction, you need the right qualifications and proof of your skills.

A construction NVQ is the only route for getting a CSCS card.

As well as the Blue Skilled Worker card there are other various types of CSCS card that you can apply for, depending on the level of NVQ you achieve. For more details, please ask us about our range of NVQs.

How Do I Get a Construction NVQ?

You’ll work through the modules on your NVQ at your workplace, and there’ll be an on-site assessment, and someone officially observing you at work.

NVQs are ideal if you’re looking to gain a recognised construction qualification while you’re working.

Register for Your Construction NVQ Today

To get more information about the wide range of Construction Related NVQ qualifications that we offer here at SB Skills Solutions, take a look at our NVQs training courses page here.

Contact us today on 01695 558420 to register for a construction NVQ or if you have any further questions, and we’ll be happy to help.

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Cartoon: Sausage row




Relations between Boris Johnson and French president Emmanuel Macron were tested at the G7 summit in a row over sausages.

The prime minister vented frustration at Brexit deal rules that will ban movement of sausages and other chilled meats from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland at the end of the month, by comparing it to Toulouse sausages not being allowed to be sold in Paris.

But the French president reportedly said the comparison was not valid because Britain and Northern Ireland were not the same country.

This drew a furious response from Downing Street, with foreign secretary Dominic Raab taking to the airwaves to describe Macron’s remarks as “offensive”.

Johnson himself declared to “do whatever it takes to protect the territorial integrity of the UK.”

Macron responded by saying that France had “never for a single moment disputed UK sovereignty or its territorial integrity”.

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Trio win £1.6bn Defence Estate hard FM deal




A joint venture between Engie and Serco, known as Vivo, bagged the bulk of the work, picking up both the central region including Wales worth £558m; and south west region worth £336m over seven years.

Vinci’s FM operation secured the £423m south east regional deal and Mitie a £160m deal for facilities across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The core services include planned and reactive maintenance, as well as mandatory safety checks.

The potential additional project work will range from small scale asset replacement and property refurbishments to large construction projects.

Following a six-month mobilisation phase, the core work is scheduled to start in February 2022, with additional project work to ramp up during the course of 2022.

Forming part of the first phase of the Future Defence Infrastructure Services programme, the contracts cover 31,000 units and will support facilities at more than 400 defence sites across the UK, including RAF Lossiemouth, Catterick, Andover, and Britannia Royal Naval College.

As part of FDIS, these are the first of 10 contacts that will be awarded between now and 2022.

The later phases of the FDIS programme will see further contracts awarded for Accommodation Services and the management and maintenance of the UK Defence Training Estate.

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Pagabo readies market for new civils framework




The framework will run for four years and allow public sector bodies to speed-up procurement for rail, nuclear, bridges, roads, maritime, water, and power projects.

Jason Stapley, managing director at Pagabo, said: “Other areas that will be covered by this new framework ensure that those projects procured through it over the coming years are working towards tackling the climate crisis.

“This includes both tackling the impact of the climate emergency we are facing through flood alleviation projects and working towards net zero carbon targets using alternative fuels and developing greener travel infrastructure.

“This is the first Pagabo framework that Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, will be acting as the contracting authority for, so we’re really looking forward to working with them to bring this new offering to the market.”

The Civils and Infrastructure Framework will feature five lots, covering value bands of up to £30m and above.

Each lot will feature six regional and national firms, along with three reserve contractors.

Stapley added: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Pagabo, so this will be truly embedded into this latest framework offering, considering emerging technologies and project controls. Ensuring that our clients have a joint approach with contractors will bring forth these technologies and innovative methods of construction, allowing for quicker, simpler and smoother delivery of projects for clients.”

An engagement session will be taking place on 23 June at 10am. Click here to register to attend.

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