At ESS, we specialise in providing NVQs tailored to the Construction Industry. Our goal is to ensure that you never face site access issues by having the appropriate CSCS card that matches your occupation and site duties. Regardless of your role or experience level, there's a CSCS card suitable for you. We offer an extensive range of Construction NVQs, ranging from Level 2 all the way up to Level 7 in Construction Senior Management. Explore our offerings to find the ideal NVQ, or feel free to reach out to our team for personalised assistance.
NVQs, or National Vocational Qualifications, are certifications that adhere to national occupational standards. These standards outline the expected performance level for individuals in a specific profession. NVQs encompass all critical aspects of a profession, including current industry practices, the ability to adapt to future needs, and the foundational knowledge and understanding necessary for competent performance.
An NVQ demonstrates your professional competence for your current or prospective employer and your customers. Wondering how it works? The process is straightforward: you simply provide evidence of your competencies through the submission of documents and photographs, while also demonstrating your knowledge and comprehension in line with the award's criteria. All of this can be conveniently guided by one of our experienced NVQ assessors, or by using your mobile device and uploading evidence to our dedicated online ePortfolio, accessible 24/7 to suit your schedule. You can gather evidence seamlessly during your busy workday, eliminating the need for time off, and commence the qualification at your convenience. Some NVQs can even lead to coveted gold or black CSCS cards, as well as membership in professional organisations like CIOB or CABE, providing access to chartered membership opportunities.
Our program offerings span from NVQ Level 2 in various construction-related roles to Level 3 Occupational Work Supervision, Level 3 Construction Contracting Operation, and all the way up to NVQ Level 7 for Senior Managers. Additionally, we provide the Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor, with the NVQ Level 6 Construction Site Management proving to be particularly popular.
We've witnessed first hand how achieving an NVQ has significantly propelled the careers of many of our candidates. No matter the scale of your aspirations, an NVQ can truly make a difference. So, why wait? Reach out to us today; our team is eager to discuss how ESS can assist you in achieving your goals.
As a leading organisation dedicated to the construction industry, our primary mission is to improve the standards and quality of construction training. Rest assured that our team of NVQ assessors possess the expertise, know-how, and abilities to guide you through your professional growth.
Customised for you
Our priority is to ensure that the level of NVQ you undertake is the right qualification for you. We offer a comprehensive and personalised induction process to guarantee your success right from the beginning of your training.
Our skilled assessors are committed to providing comprehensive support throughout your NVQ journey. They will conduct regular face-to-face and remote meetings, as well as be available via email, phone, and your personalised account in our user-friendly e-portfolio system. Count on us to guide you every step of the way.
Direct Claim Status
As a NVQ Centre with Direct Claim Status, we have a strong quality assurance system in place. This ensures that you will receive your NVQ qualification upon completion, allowing you to apply for a new CSCS card or achieve professional status with CIOB or CABE.
Decades of Expertise
With over two decades of experience, our team has been providing NVQs across a range of industries, with a particular focus on construction. Our assessors boast extensive expertise, gained from their diverse roles within the construction sector.
CPCS Training Courses – NVQs
Access to construction sites can be challenging for many companies and employees who lack the essential CPCS Blue Competent Operator card. Most principal contractors and major house builders insist on valid cards for their construction workers. If you hold a CPCS Red Trained Operator card, you're required to attain an NVQ within two years of receiving your card. We're here to assist you, offering a diverse range of Level 2 plant NVQs. Discover the perfect fit for your needs by exploring our website or reaching out to our team for expert guidance in selecting the right qualification. Experience a hassle-free service with us.
Funding for NVQs
CITB Grant Funding Enhancement
From 1 April 2023, CITB doubled the grant rates for specific supervisory and management NVQ Diplomas. If you are a CITB Registered employer who is current with your Levy Returns, you may be eligible to apply for CITB short-term grant funding for our NVQ diplomas. This funding covers all directly employed staff on the payroll, business owners, partners, and subcontractors.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
CITB Skills and Training Fund
For small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the CITB's Skills and Training Fund is offering funding of up to £25,000 to invest in workforce training, which includes any construction related NVQ qualifications.
This fund serves as an additional incentive to access CITB grant-eligible training and supports a wide array of activities. You can also use the funds to customize a training program in construction or leadership and management that aligns with your business and staff requirements.
Whether your goal is to boost productivity, seize growth opportunities, or inspire your team, this support will enhance your readiness for the challenges that lie ahead.
Administration and Leadership NVQs
Beyond our construction focused NVQs, we provide a selection of NVQs in Administration, Customer Service, and Leadership designed to enhance your understanding of business operations. These qualifications empower you with knowledge applicable across various industries, both in the private and public sectors. The skills you acquire are versatile and can be leveraged throughout your career in a multitude of job roles. Explore the full range of NVQs on our website, or don't hesitate to reach out to our approachable team for personalised guidance and support.
Don't wait for opportunities; create them with Essential Site Skills. Book your NVQ today and pave the path to your future success.
Depending on the type of NVQ qualification, such as construction related routes, it is sometimes necessary for this to be achieved in the workplace, so there can be a requirement to be employed, or working part time whilst studying at college. NVQs can also be completed in education and of course, as part of an apprenticeship where the learner has training and personal development as a large part of their qualification, rather than to prove competency in a role they are already trained in.
They are available in a range of levels from level 1 (basic) to level 7 (senior management). You are generally free to work at your own pace, but the majority of people find they can complete an NVQ level 1, 2 or 3 easily within a year. ESS provide NVQ courses in a wide range of sectors; for e.g. construction, logistics, green skills, retrofit, retail, administration, team leading, leadership and management.
NVQ is a common abbreviation for National Vocational Qualification. They are generally built up as units suitable against the learner’s job role, which make up the full NVQ title they would like to achieve. NVQs work by testing the learners abilities and competency in the workplace, so that they can show and prove to their assessor that they can do certain work-related tasks depending on the qualification they are looking to achieve relating to their role.
NVQ assessments are broken down into two distinct sections: knowledge and performance. Knowledge is normally assessed through the learner being asked to answer questions relating to the specifics of their job role. Performance is measured by the learner demonstrating their competence in the workplace through on-going observation.
They are assessed in various ways via a portfolio of evidence; building content with evidence of what you have achieved at work, and also by observation of your assessor. An observation will involve the Assessor watching you while you work to check the competency of the tasks you are completing.
The learner will need to produce evidence that they are competent to meet the NVQ standards, and once satisfied the assessor will sign off each unit that makes up the full NVQ qualification title. The assessor will also test the learner’s knowledge to ensure they fully demonstrate competence in the workplace.
Assessors will evaluate the learners performance against the standards as they learn, looking at what they have achieved and how they should go about completing all units until the NVQ is ready to be assessed as competent against a whole NVQ. This system is right for learners who already have skills and are competent and want to increase them, but also for those starting from the beginning to improve their career prospects.
For the CSCS Green Labourers card you don’t need an NVQ to apply for a card. You will however need to pass the relevant health and safety course, and pass the Operatives Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E Test).
Other types of skilled CSCS Cards do require NVQ qualifications to apply for a CSCS card; for example, you will need an NVQ Level 2 to apply for a CSCS Blue Skilled Worker Card. If you don’t have the qualification, you may be able to apply for a temporary red CSCS Experienced Worker card once you are registered onto your qualification, which will also show the trade you are working towards on your NVQ.
There are various temporary red cards such as provisional if you are working through your probationary period, or the red CSCS Apprenticeship card if you have commenced onto a recognised apprenticeship framework.
There is the option to apply for the CSCS Academically Qualified card for those who have completed certain construction related degrees, HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates or NEBOSH Diplomas.
For those that are members of approved professional bodies, there is the option to apply for the CSCS Professionally Qualified Person card.
These are rough guidelines set out by the government of how NVQs would relate to GCSE, A Level or higher education qualifications:
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) has included an NVQ in its tariff, which measures the value of the qualifications offered by candidates for higher education. They are tariff points generally allocated to studies between the ages of 16-18. They only apply to Level 3/SCQF Level 6 qualifications, not level 2 which are GCSE level.
The feasibility of completing NVQs online can vary, especially depending on the level of the qualification. While lower-level NVQs typically involve substantial hands-on, workplace-based assessments, higher-level NVQs may offer more flexibility for online learning and assessment. It's important for individuals interested in NVQs to check the specific requirements of their chosen qualification. Consulting with the educational provider can provide insights into the balance between online and practical components for a more accurate understanding.
You cannot fail an NVQ in the same you would for qualifications such as GCSEs or A-Levels. NVQs are measured primarily on the learner’s competency to perform their job, rather than strictly through written exams. Although written tests may form part of the overall assessment.
There is no fixed deadline, meaning if learners are not at a stage where they can complete their qualification it can be delayed. This often results in the learner being given an action plan of aspects they need to improve upon.
Once an NVQ qualification has been achieved, they do not expire. Much like a GCSE or a degree, once you have completed your NVQ, you do not need resit or renew your qualification. However, certain cards such as the CSCS card, which require NVQs to obtain, do. These cards may require the worker to complete further additional training in order to renew their card and remain able to work on sites.