Experienced Workers

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are the most widely recognised qualifications in the construction industry and they are the standard that all workers must achieve. These vocational qualifications form the basis of card holder schemes such as the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. These cards are becoming a necessity for getting work.


Construction Skills Solutions enables experienced workers to convert their existing skills into an NVQ certificate or diploma by assessing their work on-site (OSAT – on-site assessment and training) and building up a portfolio of evidence to support them.

It’s done at your work, while you work, with a minimum of inconvenience for you or your employer. Generally you can gain your qualification within 3-6 months.

As it’s delivered on-site, we come to you, wherever in the country you work. We offer NVQs in construction craft and management from levels 2 to 6.

CSCS cards and training

Most contractors and construction clients insist that workers on their sites hold the appropriate CSCS card for the work they undertake. To hold a CSCS card, you must have passed an independent health, safety and environment test. If you are a skilled worker, you will also need a recent NVQ qualification to enable you to receive a card. For example,
An NVQ level 2 will entitle you to a 5 year blue skilled workers’ card
An NVQ level 3 will entitle you to a 5 year gold advanced craft or supervisors’ card

Note that since summer 2014, labourers need to complete a new training qualification and pass the health, safety and environment test to gain a CSCS green card. Workers should also note that green cards are no longer acceptable on certain sites for skilled work. So if you’re a site carpenter, your card needs to be a blue skilled workers’ card that states you have an NVQ in site carpentry; otherwise, you could be denied access to site for that type of work.

For more details on taking the health, safety and environment test or information on CSCS cards, go to www.cscs.uk.com.
Costs, funding and grants

Generally, government funding towards qualifications varies from individual and from year to year.

However, currently, through the Education and Skills Funding Agency the government offers some support for level 2 NVQs.

Over 19s who are in work may be expected to meet the cost of training themselves. However there is the option of a an Advanced Learner Loan for level 3, 4 and 6 NVQ's (

CITB grants are another way employers can get generous financial support for training their workers * including level 6.

If you are registered with CITB, contact your local customer development advisor for further information or go to
www.citb.co.uk and click on Levy and Grant.

If you are a small or micro employer and are not registered with the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) you are advised to look at joining their ranks. For companies with a total payroll of under £80,000 per annum, you will pay NO levy, but still be entitled to full training grants. Information can be found on the CITB website (see the link above).

Other funding streams are also sometimes available for localised training needs and these can be up to 100% of the training costs. Good news! funding available for eligible companies and individuals in the
Greater Lincolnshire Area For more information click here

Contact us on 01507 201422 for the latest information on costs, funding and grants so that you can get the very best deal for you.

Experienced worker qualifications we offer

If you want advice as to the best qualification for you, contact us on 01507 201422 or email: enquiries@constructionskillssolutions.com

Levels 2 and 3 NVQ diplomas:

  • Bench joinery
  • Interior systems: ceiling fixing, dry lining, access flooring
  • Fenestration
  • Site carpentry
  • Shop fitting
  • Trowel occupations
  • Plastering
  • Decorative finishing and industrial painting
  • Wall and floor tiling

Level 3 NVQ diplomas:

  • Occupational work supervision
  • Heritage skills – mason
  • Heritage skills – wood occupations
  • Understanding repairs and maintenance of traditional pre-1919 buildings
  • Construction Contracting Operations Management – Estimating
  • Construction Site Management – Residential Development

Level 4 NVQ diplomas:
  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision - Building and Civil Engineering

Level 6 NVQ diplomas:
  • Construction Contracting Operations Management – General
  • Construction Contracting Operations Management – Estimating
  • Construction Site Management – Residential Development
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