Construction Skills - How To Get NVQ Qualified
PAINTING & DECORATING – HOW TO GET NVQ QUALIFIED
The construction industry is making significant progress towards its drive for a fully qualified workforce. To access to the widest number of contractor opportunities, Painters & Decorators should ensure that they hold a valid NVQ Qualification. Along with passing the Construction Skills Health & Safety Test, it enables operatives to get a CSCS Card and gain access to commercial building sites.
Qualifications for Painting & Decorating are:
- QUA727 NVQ Level 2 - Decorative Finishing and Industrial Paining
- QUB727 NVQ Level 3 - Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting
Two qualification routes are available for Painter & Decorators to achieve their NVQ; On Site Assessment & Training (OSAT), and the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA)
Before any assessment is carried out an assessor will contact and meet with an NVQ Candidate to discuss which of the qualification routes is most suitable for them. The assessor can also advise whether or not the candidate will be eligible for Train to Gain Funding for the NVQ.
1) On Site Assessment & Training – (OSAT) NVQ Level 2 & 3:
For OSAT, an Assessor visits the Painter & Decorator candidate in the workplace (commercial or domestic) and assesses their work to the NVQ Standards.
Over a period of time the assessor collects evidence of a candidates practical and knowledge skills; which could include photographs of painting & decorating work, testimonies from employers and details of training courses attended.
The assessor compiles a portfolio of evidence, proving that the candidate has the range of practical skills and knowledge required to meet the criteria for NVQ Level 2 or Level 3.
The candidate does not have to have time off work or attend a College, as all assessments are carried out at the workplace.
2) Experienced Worker Practical Assessment – (EWPA) NVQ Level 2:
EWPA is a 1-2 day assessment for Painters & Decorators who have gained the knowledge and skills for P&D without having an NVQ to formally accredit their skills.
EWPA incorporates the key criteria of the NVQ Level 2 into a painting & decorating practical task, which must be completed in an allotted time frame.
NVQ candidates receive details about the practical test before they're due to attempt it, so they have a good idea of what they're expected to achieve.
There is also a 'Professional Discussion' with an assessor which covers the candidates painting & decorating experience. This ensures that the candidate has the range of practical experience and knowledge to gain the NVQ Level 2.
If the candidate meets the criteria, they will achieve their NVQ on the day of the assessment.
For information on centres offering the OSAT and EWPA qualification routes for the NVQ, contact the Construction Awards Alliance on:
Telephone: 0844 844 0113
Funding for NVQ Qualifications:
Train to Gain Funding:
'Train to Gain' Funding maybe available for NVQ Qualifications.
This could be full funding or partial funding for the qualification is available, depending on the level of qualifications that the candidate for the NVQ already holds.
Funding may also be available for further training if required, to enable candidates to improve their skills and meet the criteria for the NVQ.
For further information on Train to Gain, funding and eligibility, go to;
www.traintogain.gov.uk – 'Helping Your Business'
NVQ Achievement grants maybe available, providing companies are registered with CITB-Construction Skills and meet the eligibility criteria for grants.
To find out more contact your local Construction Skills Area Office on 0344 994 4400 or visit:
www.cskills.org – 'Levy & Grant'
Why Gain Your NVQ?
- A Painting & Decorating NVQ is required in order to obtain a CSCS Card, which allows access to Commercial Building Sites.
- Train to Gain Funding and CITB-Construction Skills Grants maybe available towards the cost of the assessment.
- With OSAT and EWPA there is no need to attend a College to achieve the qualification.
- All NVQ assessors are experienced Painters & Decorators.
- The more contractors, employers and domestic customers that insist on using NVQ qualified tradespeople, the less potential there will be for cowboys to work in the industry.
For any further information and details on EWPA / OSAT, Train to Gain funding and CITB-Construction Skills Grants, contact the following;
Construction Awards: 0344 994 4133
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