NHBC training surpasses 5,000 NVQs

NHBC has announced that it has welcomed over 5,000 candidates through its NVQ training programmes, 20 years since they were first introduced.

Over recent years, NHBC’s NVQ offering has been specially tailored to provide a greater focus on key housebuilding areas at Levels 3 to 7, mainly around construction site management.

Throughout the prolonged lockdown, NHBC’s specialist training team have been working remotely to keep up with assessment submissions and new candidate inductions.

Since the first lockdown began last March, NHBC has inducted over 250 candidates.

The council said it was looking forward to assessing more people remotely over this year.

Geoff Mann, industry training manager at NHBC, said: “We have continued to adapt and evolve our NVQ delivery, never more so since the pandemic began with the introduction of our remote NVQ assessment processes.

“Every course is specially tailored to each individual candidate dependent on their job role and construction specialisms, and is delivered by a designated member of our training team, who collectively have hundreds of years of industry experience between them.
“Candidates are able to upload to an online portfolio examples of their work and evidence can be captured on the go, such as images and videos through the app, and, where appropriate, we also try to ensure face-to-face meetings every two months.”

He added that now is a good time as any to consolidate and further housebuilding knowledge and education and, in turn, enhance career potential, as many people have changed working arrangements.
A construction NVQ is a benchmark qualification that proves occupational competence to employers.

Some NVQs, which can also be the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree, lead to membership of professional organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

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