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Developing Qualifications, Training and Company Accreditation

(originally posted Aug 24, 2010)

(originally posted Aug 24, 2010)

Our design at RivaSure is to create a network of construction development services that will provide all the assistance required to develop your company, which includes your workforce, with individual and corporate qualifications, training and accreditation.

And if tendering is not the strong point of your company and receiving an invitation to tender and an accompanying detailed spec sends shivers of trauma, shake off the trauma, pass on the the documents and let us do what we do best so that that you can profit by what you do best.

Concerns About Government Funding Changes

(originally posted Jul 3, 2010)

It’s been a funny week with both good news and not so good.  The NVQ providers that I have contacted this week are concerned with government funding changes.  It would appear that there is some funding available, especially for level 2 NVQ’s, however the funding registration criteria has been narrowed and the logistics and bureaucratic paperwork increased for registration.  Some providers are opting out of the option of seeking and jumping through the ever increasing hoops and choosing to only register candidates who are able to pay.  They are telling me that it just isn’t cost effective to plough through the funding maze.  As an incentive to candidates, they are offering their NVQ’s at a reduced rate.

The good news is that Rivasure has been able to identify a provider in kent who is still able to provide a level 2 NVQ Qualification for plant operators but the provider has stipulated that this will be for candidates that will be able to enrol in July.  The candidates will not necessarily have to complete their qualification this month, but they will need to enrol to secure funding which will reduce the cost of the NVQ to zero!  So if this is an area of training that you, your associates or company would benefit from, please register your details as a matter of urgency.

In a similar vein, if you are an NVQ provider and have funding and are seeking candidates for your funding (Use It or Loose It), please forward your details and we will search our data base for suitable candidates.

Well everybody, thanks for reading, wishing you every continued success in your development.

Editors Note: Funding quotas are changing all the time so please contact us for the latest info.

CSCS Black Card and CSCS Gold Card – Bridging the Gap

(originally published Aug 24, 2012)

As approved reviewers of the CSCS Black & Gold Card Profiled Route I have tried to keep a breast of changes at the CSCS as we become aware of them. One such area of change regards the profiled route which is a successful way of awarding site supervisors and site managers their black card or gold card, based primarily on their knowledge and experience rather than on just qualifications alone.

The good news is that the CSCS have recently  informed us that they are now widening their profiled route to include other occupations covered by the black and the gold card. This means for example that site managers or site supervisors previously excluded from the scheme may now be eligible to apply and thus avoid having to take the qualifications route such as an NVQ Level 6, which is both long and expensive. This is a welcome move by the CSCS and long over due.

We have also noticed that the CSCS over the past months have raised the standard to which the candidates must now complete their Applicant Evidence Sheet. As a result we as reviewers need to be a little more picky with some candidates to ensure that their submissions are passed by the CSCS first time.  As a result our reviewing cycle for each candidates has increased somewhat. However, although this has increased our own workload we welcome the change  – because we have long recognised that by enlarge site supervisors and site mangers are not academics and need our feedback and support.  Our continued commitment to each candidate is to bridge this gap by helping them understand what is been asked in the question, help them express their knowledge and experience in the best possible light.

While we don’t always agree with the CSCS and will say so particularly in defence of our candidates, we continue to be  strong supporters of the CSCS Profiled Route and the CSCS because it still remains the best and fairest way to card an already experienced workforce.

Difficulty Understanding the Questions on the Applicant Evidence Sheet

The most common complaint that I have received from experienced site supervisors and site managers working through the CSCS Applicant Evidence Sheet is that they do not understand the questions.  If this is you, please get in touch with us at RivaSure and ask about our comprehensive support material.  You will receive pertinent bullet points and direction for each section and personal one to one assistance.

CSCS Profiling Route an Effective Tool for Personnel Development.

(originally posted Oct 19, 2010)

The new CSCS Profiling Scheme, although new, is now up and running.  We are awaiting the results our first batch of approved candidates via the profiling route.

Our candidates, with our assistance have found the route to be candidate friendly, affordable in terms of time and finance and a bonus for future employment prospects and personnel development.

The only negative aspect of the scheme so far is that the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) require formal qualifications for CIOB membership.  However, Manager’s with a CSCS card via the profiling route have greater employment prospects than those managers without qualifications and therefore at a future time, whilst being employed and gaining further experience, will soon become prime candidates for a senior Manager’s NVQ and will at that time be appropriately qualified for CIOB status.

I believe the CSCS Profiling Route for experienced supervisors and managers to be a really affordable asset and essentially an effective tool for personnel development.

Difficult Times Finding Apprenticeships Placements

The new training funding year has commenced and the down turn in the European economy has had it’s effect. I was approached by a training college last week to get as many candidates enrolled as possible as by the end of this week or they will loose their SEEDA training funding budget (SEEDA – South East England Development Agency). SEEDA had gained a limited budget from the European Social Fund to assist small businesses. I expect that this will be the case across all providers and I will keep you updated.

Our Governments ‘Train To Gain’ funding has been reduced and the focus of training has been removed from the experienced worker without quaifications to 16-24 year old for apprenticeships.

There is funding for apprenticeships but the problem in these times, from my working experience, is simply that it is difficult to find apprentices placements in working construction companies as the main focus for most companies is to seize the day, maximise profits and to turn out quality products as we plough our way… through the beginning of the end of the recession!!? (The rise in house prices I believe adds optimism).  However some companies are beginning to feel an upturn in trade but this has not happened for all and as for the strength of the upturn, I would like to reassess the situation in the winter months before I commence jumping up and down.

Changing subject, there are hundreds of apprentices in Kent, who over the past few years have started their apprenticeships but have not been able to complete as the companies they have worked for have had to tighten their belts, reducing placements and supervisory staff.  I would like to see an incentive for companies to invest in getting these up and coming trades fully qualified before commencing with new apprenticeships and the knock on effect will lessen the possibility of adding the new apprentices to the list of the existing uncompleted.  As a company RivaSure will be talking to local contractors and training providers in order to provide a way forward to solve this dilemma.

Finding a way forward in difficult times is now  of paramount importance for all businesses.  In the field of arbitration, negotiating to hang on to what you already possess is often seen as success, even if you don’t achieve a credit for what is owed.

CSCS Black Card & Gold Cards – New McAlpine Candidates

(originally posted Nov 1, 2011)

RivaSure in conjunction with Lighthouse Safety are piloting block CSCS Profiled Route Managers and Supervisors Cards for McAlpines.  This is an exciting venture as we are now a proven provider for the CSCS Profiled Route for both Companies and Construction Managerial Individuals and we would like to see growth in these markets.

The CSCS profiled Route is for experienced Site Managers and Site Supervisors and we have assisted the following types of candidates:

  •     Unemployed Managers.
  •     Experienced Managers exiting the forces.
  •     Managers who have served in a company for a number of years and who have not needed a CSCS card.
  •     Experienced managers approaching retirement.
  •     Self Employed Managers.
  •     Managers who have been working abroad.
  •     Managers who have allowed their CSCS cards to lapse.
  •     Managers and Supervisors who have required their CSCS cards to remain employed.

The list is not exhaustive and our Profiled Route Guidance Notes have assisted many other candidates who have processed their applications through other providers!

To add to our CSCS Profiled Route Service we have released a series of Profiled Guidance Notes to assist canditates to complete their answers.

Having researched the market, I believe that RivaSure offer the most comprehensive, the most cost effective and has the best service  for all eligible  CSCS Profiled Managers and Supervisor candidates.

So please let us be your first choice when considering the CSCS Profiled Managers or Profiled Route, as you are certainly ours.

Funding for NVQ

(originally posted Nov 15, 2010)

As it stands, one of the main routes to NVQ  and other training funding is through Train to Gain. Train to gain funding will cease to exist from April 2011 and funding will be available from that point from a different set up.

However, training providers are in a position where they will want to make the most of their T2G budgets before they are taken away.  To qualify for the existing T2G funding a provider needs to have approached and signed up prospective candidates before April 2011.  It is not the case that candidates have to have their qualifications completed by the April 2011, they just need to be enrolled on their courses.

CSCS Card Check – I’ve Got a Card So Am I Alright?

(originally posted Oct 12, 2012)

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Over the years I have had many CSCS cards and they have reflected the position that I had currently held.  I have kept my old cards as a record of my journey from trade to managerial professional.  As an NVQ assessor I frequently come across individuals entering building sites using CSCS cards which do not represent their current positions and the misunderstanding is that – ‘as long as I have a card, I am alright’.

Well this is not the case.  Every person on a construction site must have the correct CSCS card for the role they occupy.  From the 1st Oct 2012 there will be CSCS card checks carried out on construction sites throughout the UK belonging to the UK Contractors Group, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the Home Builders Federation.  As you can see this means a pretty universal check.

At RivaSure we source NVQ Providers, NVQ Assessors and CSCS Profiled Route Reviewers, so that the each individual may have access to the correct  entry qualification to suit their CSCS card qualification and certification requirement.  We aim to provide a speedy and timely turn around and offer free advice and have assisted countless individuals in gaining the correct CSCS card for their current occupation.

See Marks Video on how he got started with the CSCS card application

Funding for Construction Training

(originally published Aug 7, 2010)

August is here and the Construction training funding news is filtering out slowly. It is not all doom and gloom. Gloom first; SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) have been asked to reduce their annual budget by 28 Million.

SEEDA has had one aim – to support the economic development of this world-class region. It works at a local, regional, national and international level to attract inward investment, to help businesses reach their full potential… and to win practical support from a range of partners. It brings funding into the region to help the economic growth of the South East.

SEEDA’s vision is to be the best economic development agency a top global region could have, with:

  •     Expert interventions;
  •     Expert deal making; and
  •     Expert strategic advice.

It provides businesses with the support they need to grow, through its in-depth knowledge of their needs and the economic conditions, in which they operate and so it must be assumed that the reduction of their budget will be felt by many small businesses across Kent.  The budget reduction also confirms that the government purse is empty  and that the support for agencies who are there to assist economic growth is not available in a time when it is needed the most.

However, there are still pockets of funding available for construction training. From our research it would appear that some funding has been given to those providers who have excellent performance records.  From the outside, it seems that the funding has been given to those with a proven track record who will use the funding in an efficient manner. This seems like a good strategy.

As reported last week, there is plenty of funding available for new apprenticeships (Google CSkills Apprenticeships) but there are still many apprentices who have not completed their training as they have lost the work site placement due to the economic down turn.  There is a fund which is available to assist these young trainees and other young persons (18-24) not in current employment which can be accessed by employers.  If an individual has been unemployed for a period of 6 months or longer and that it can be proven that the project or the place of employment would have a benefit to the local community, then the Future Jobs Fund is for them .  It provides an hourly rate for a 35 hour week for six months.

We at RivaSure are of the opinion that there it an excellent PR  opportunity here for construction companies (Investors in People, Social Projects/ Tenders etc) to employ local young persons (who have been vetted for their suitability) at very little cost.  These individuals will also, at the end of their initial six month work/training period, be available to be added to a company on  a permanent basis as a proven resource whilst adding profit through their work endeavours as a company gets to know them.

If you are still seeking funded NVQ training, please contact us at RivaSure and allow us to use our expertise to search for you.

Editors Note: Funding is very scarce in 2012 but is still available.

CSCS Cards for Residential via CSCS Profiled Route

(originally published Sep 18, 2012)

The CSCS profile route has now been opened by the CSCS to those managers and Supervisors working in the residential field, good news for house bashers!  We have also had candidates accepted by the CSCS who manager specialist works such as ground works and modular building and currently have on our books a construction manager who specialises in the construction and fitting out of data accommodation.

“Thank you for your help, guidance, input and complete professionalism throughout my entire course with you. The service you provided was First Class and I would recommend that any one considering a similar course should speak to you first …” more

As you can see, the field of opportunity is opening for experienced construction Site Managers and Supervisors to achieve their CSCS cards by the CSCS Profiling Route.

CSCS Cards also Needed for Contracts in France

(originally published Sep 18, 2012)

The CSCS competency assurance for professional persons in the construction industry is increasingly being demanded and the CSCS profiling is also gaining popularity for those experienced professional managers and supervisors who wish to gain their competency cards without having the rigour of undertaking a costly NVQ in terms of finance and time.

The interest in the profiling route is also growing abroad.  Our latest foreign based candidate, who is now returning to these shores, has informed us that when his contract is renewed in France, he will not be able to start work without having a CSCS Managers Card, however this will not be an issue as he is near to completion having worked with us as his reviewer for the past three weeks.

“Afternoon William, Andrew, I have just received a confirmation e-mail from Lynn at the CSCS with the brilliant news that my card has been approved. I cant thank you enough for helping me through this and I have to say I didn’t think it was going to happen,  its been a long process for me but you guys stuck with me … “ more

How To Get A CSCS Card without NVQ Qualifications

The CSCS Profiling Route for supervisors and managers was launched in 2011. The scheme was designed for experienced construction site Supervisors and Managers and places an emphasis on a construction company to select suitably experienced candidates for the profiling route. However, a significant number of applications have been rejected for various reasons but by following the profiling journey below, the reasons for application rejection will be eliminated.  Also, freelance Managers and Supervisors are also able to gain their CSCS cards via the Profile Route.

What is the Profiled Route?

Profiled Route has been designed by the CSCS with key stakeholders from within the construction and build environment industry to help highly experienced Construction site Supervisors and Manager get their cards quicker and easier.  The key advantage of the profiling route is that it removes the necessity of the candidate taking an NVQ. In other words experience site managers can get a CSCS card without an NVQ.

What does it involve?

The first step is that the employer nominates one or several of their supervisors and managers for the scheme and appoints a reviewer who must hold an NVQ assessors qualification (A1) and be accredited to assess construction related NVQ Level 3 or higher. There are a few independent approved reviewers, RivaSure for example, who will provide this service for you. A good reviewer will not only review but will be able to guide each candidate through the process with suitable guidance materials and individual feedback.  This is where RivaSure excel with their 1 to 1 Interactive Fast Track system.

The assessor / reviewer should be able to meet all the applicants that a company puts forward for the scheme and explain the process fully.  The candidate is to complete an applicants evidence sheet which is a questionnaire based in content on a Site Supervision / Management NVQ knowledge and performance evidence criteria.  The co. reviewer should also write a brief observation report / professional discussion depicting the candidate’s current role and responsibilities.

This is not an essential part of the profiling process but would add important valued evidence to the evidence submitted to the CSCS  assessor.  The assessor / reviewer  should also review the candidates CV, training qualifications and certificates and references from current and previous posts.  All evidence is to be forwarded as supporting evidence.  Building a strong and thorough application, depicting present and past roles and responsibilities is essential for a successful application.

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Health and Safety Test

All applicants must also pass the appropriate Health and Safety test i.e. either the Construction Skills Supervisor Health and Safety Test or the Construction Skills Managerial and Professional (MAP) Health and Safety Test. So if you don’t have one or you passed your test more than 2 years ago, please book a CSCS touch screen test at your local test centre.

How long does it take?

All applications are audited by the CSCS and if the auditor recommends that the CSCS card can be issued, it will be sent to the applicant within 28 days (typically this is 14 days)

How much does it cost?

The assessor / reviewers role in the profiling assessment process is essential. Having followed the process depicted above, I cannot find a reason why a CSCS application will not be achieved and this has proven to be the case.

At present, it costs in the region of £1200 to put a supervisor through the NVQ Level 3 Site Supervision. And an NVQ Construction Management costs from £2200 plus vat and can take up to a year to achieve. The profiled route, which includes CSCS Card Fees and Reviewer Fees, will cost in the region of £650 to £850, all in.

Application Submission to the CSCS

Statistics show that of those candidates who are applying directly to the CSCS without the services of professional reviewers,  over 50% of applications are falling short and repeat failings will result in being barred from the Profile Route.

RivaSure is a professional company that seeks to assist and guide candidates, who may not normally be gifted in the art of writing, to successfully submit above average CSCS card applications.

Read this testimonial from a recent candidate;

“I was in a desperate situation to get the black site manager card quickly and the way I could do this was from taking the profile route. So I contacted William at Rivasure and he took me on and tutored / mentored me through the long list of questions. He was always attentive and his guidance was excellent. He was able to help me put into words what I knew in a professional manner which enabled me to answer the questions…” Mark C.

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Need CSCS Black Card – not too proud to change?

(originally published Nov 3, 2011)

When conversing with a recent Construction CSCS profiling candidate, it was suggested that the current move to CSCS card the Construction field was an incentive to control the East European labour infux.  I pointed out to the candidate that this was not the case, but that the CSCS incentive was a quality assurance, competence and health and Safety incentive, which assists Companies and Individuals in Construction to comply with the Construction Design Management Regulations.

My candidate’s position reminded me of how things used to be when I started working on building sites, in my late teens.  I remember a character called Jim Proud (first name changed) who was a steel fixer. As tea and chain boy, I observed Jim constructing re-enforced steel cages for foundations and concrete beams.  Jim worked in his underpants on hot days.  They were once white but were now rust stained and the elastic within had seen better days and was now visible through the waist band.  I think previously he had worn shorts but they had long since worn out and Jim did not see a reason for replacing them.

Jim worked incredible hard and his moto was: “Proud by Name, Proud by Nature” and he was very good at what he did.  No sign of a hi viz vest, hard hat or steel toe capped boots.  Just rust stained underwear, a leathery skin and light footwear.  He was an exceptional character who paid no attention to the world around him and got through life with the world accepting him as he was, or not at all, which did not seem to bother him.

However, times have changed and to remain in work one has to adapt and change with the times and the current construction requirements.  Have we lost something with the passing of characters like Jim Proud! I would suggest that we have and perhaps if I had presented Jim with an NVQ portfolio, he would have buttered and eaten it! I guess our more experienced members of our Construction Industry can relate to Jim.

It is also often suggested to me by my more senior clients, that the H&S incentive or NVQ and CSCS incentives are there to raise money for the Government, but this is not the case and the good news is that for experienced Site Managers and Site Supervisors, the CSCS organisation has devised a cost effective route, through their profiling system, for candidates to gain their CSCS Managerial cards via a profiling route.  The CSCS profiling route recognises the experience of our Senior Construction Members and will award them their CSCS cards in a timely and cost effective fashion.

Please search our web site for more details and should you require our services (and you can relate to Jim) please get in touch.  I will appreciate your experience and assist you to meet today’s current Construction Managerial requirements, which will culminate in you being awarded your CSCS Managerial Black Card.  Please don’t be too Proud to change.

Guidance Notes Bring Clarity to Answers

(originally published Nov 1, 2011)

Some training courses have a habit of making learning difficult.  It seems to me that a right to gain knowledge has to be earned and sure, the hardest lessons are never forgotten, but there are times that we can’t find the answers because we can’t see the wood for the trees.  Clarity and structure; responding precisely with a knowledge of what it is that is being asked.

Most failed question responses are due to the fact that the candidate has responded incorrectly to the question and not that they did not know the correct answer!

Having researched and written most of our CSCS/NVQ Guidance Note materials, and having progressed from hod carrier to Company Development Manager and MD, I am excited about the release of these documents as they will enable others to progress in their Professional Development as I have.

CSCS Managers Profile Route Opened Up

(originally published Feb 6, 2012)

The demand for the CSCS Managers Profile Route has increased since Christmas and I am pleased to announce that RivaSure has secured a contract with a major Contractor, one of the top 5 in the Country!  We are running a pilot scheme, commencing this week, with a further 190 candidates waiting in the wings!

Having spoken directly with the CSCS organisation, we are led to believe that the Profiled Route will be opened to other professional persons and Construction housing Managers, but some of these changes are still on the drawing board.  Please get in touch to find out more to see if we can help you at this time.

I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all of our past and existing candidates for working so hard and producing excellent CSCS evidence sheets and for fully taking advantage of the direction of our support material.  It makes the CSCS task of reviewing each application a simple process.

So, whether you are a multi national or a single individual, RivaSure is ready and waiting to assist you in your CSCS Managers and Supervisor Profiled Route Application/s.

Editors Note: The CSCS Profiled Route has now been opened up to other different types of building projects.

Roles and Responsibility Levels – Managerial Guidance Material

(originally published Nov 2, 2011)

The RivaSure guidance material for the CSCS Profiled Route and NVQ Qualifications (story boards) contain the experiential practices of Construction Supervisors, Managers, Senior Managers and Construction Directors.

As you would imagine, a Construction Supervisor’s Health and Safety responsibilities and practices, although important,  differ and are much less involved than that of a Director. Operatives do, Supervisors Supervise, Managers Manage and Directors bring direction to a company. Operatives receive instruction and agree to comply, Supervisors police works and pass on instruction, Managers arrange, monitor, delegate, oversee and organise, and Directors plan, monitor and if given the opportunity, push through incentives to creatively sustain and ensure the survival and development of a company.  You will see these distinctive roles and responsibility levels depicted in our current Guidance Material.

Construction Supervisors and Managers – Competence through recognised qualifications

(original posting Aug 2, 2011 @ 13:37)

It has been over a year since RivaSure first started assisting professional construction Supervisors and Managers with their CSCS profiling and we have achieved a 100% success rate!  This has been made possible by understanding the CSCS requirements and by informing candidates at the outset of their enquiry, whether they are eligible for the CSCS Profiling Route.

Those candidates that were not eligible have gained their CSCS cards via RivaSure through the NVQ route and it has been a pleasure working with both individuals and companies in both providing funded NVQ’s, and assisting / assessing the candidates through to completion in their NVQ journey.

At RivaSure we are now able to offer both Trade and Management NVQ’s and would especially like to assist those individuals and companies based in Kent and other counties in the South East of England.  With respect to the CSCS profiled route, which can be achieved easily through correspondence, we welcome enquiries and candidates from the whole of the UK.

Competence through recognised qualifications is now being firmly enforced through the main Principal Contractors, Local Authorities and is an inferred requirement of Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ’s) and Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP’s) such as CHAS,  SAFEcontractor and EXOR etc.  This is why the main construction employers are insisting on a qualified work force. The CDM regs (Construction Design Management Regulations) also, as a legal requirement, require  a trained, qualified and competent workforce and RivaSure assists professional individuals and companies to meet these requirements in its CSCS Profiling and NVQ assessment services.

A present we are welcoming enquiries from professional and committed construction companies and individuals whom are wishing to gain their qualifications quickly.  Our recent candidates and companies have included a national Shop fitting Company (supervisory NVQ’s),  ex servicemen with a construction back ground (gaining employment in ‘Civi-Street’) and many Construction Managers and Supervisors who have remained in a company for a number of years and after moving on, have found that they did not have the recognised qualifications for re-employment in the industry.  Some of our candidates are now seeking and working towards CIOB membership as a progression in their continuing professional development.

CSCS Black Card & Gold Card Questions & Answers Learning Material

(originally posted Oct 15, 2011)

Learning through the experience of others – Introduction to Story Boards.

As a lecturer and teacher,  I try to make learning easy.  Of course, the best learned lessons are those which we have struggled with. These kinds of lessons learned are never forgotten and are life changing.  However, I also recognise the amazing advantage of learning through the experience of others.  Relating to the lives and practices of others (their stories) relates to our own experiences and practices and takes them further professionally when we spend time in the lives / stories of others who are one step ahead of where we are presently.

What is a story board and when are they required?

The answers are simple, but writing them to the standards required is the difficult thing and the reason for this is that as professional construction Managers and Supervisors, our experience and training is in our occupational profession, which doesn’t necessarily equip us with the literary tools to enunciate our profession in a literary and academic style which justifies our experience, knowledge and working practices.  Simply put, if I understood what was being asked, I would be able to give an appropriate answer.

As an NVQ Assessor and Consultant, I have assisted candidates from across the whole Construction Managerial spectrum to compose and compile their story boards (knowledge and experience evidence requirement).  This has enabled the candidates to complete their NVQ assessments / training and CSCS Black/Gold Card Profiled Route applications.  I understand what is required to meet the Standards of each qualification and have now written a series of story boards to be used as a study guide / reference to give content direction and writing style to Managerial and Supervisory CSCS Profiled applications and QCF / NVQ Assessment Qualifications to New and struggling Candidates.

These story boards will also assist any candidate studying Construction Management on any course and have been used by students and candidates as study guides to successfully gain their qualifications. They could be thought of as the current working experiential knowledge, to the Construction Management and Supervisory Industry.

The benefit to studying Construction Managerial and Supervisory candidates, at all levels, is that these documents will affirm your experience and knowledge in a successful literary style which can be imitated.  They will also give insight to the content and standard required for successful applications and give confidence and encouragement to complete your study course or application.

What is a story board and when are they required?

The answers are simple, but writing them to the standards required is the difficult thing and the reason for this is that as professional construction Managers and Supervisors, our experience and training is in our occupational profession, which doesn’t necessarily equip us with the literary tools to enunciate our profession in a literary and academic style which justifies our experience, knowledge and working practices.  Simply put, if I understood what was being asked, I would be able to give an appropriate answer.

As an NVQ Assessor and Consultant, I have assisted candidates from across the whole Construction Managerial spectrum to compose and compile their story boards (knowledge and experience evidence requirement).  This has enabled the candidates to complete their NVQ assessments / training and CSCS Profiled Route applications.  I understand what is required to meet the Standards of each qualification and have now written a series of story boards to be used as a study guide / reference to give content direction and writing style to Managerial and Supervisory CSCS Profiled applications and QCF / NVQ Assessment Qualifications to New and struggling Candidates.

These story boards will also assist any candidate studying Construction Management on any course and have been used by students and candidates as study guides to successfully gain their qualifications.  They could be thought of as the current working experiential knowledge, to the Construction Management and Supervisory Industry.

Within the collection of these story boards I have included some examples that have been completed by candidates that I have worked with as an NVQ Consultant and also some examples of candidates who have used my CSCS Profiled Route Study Guides for your consideration.  The range covers from roofing supervisors to Managing Directors.

The benefit to studying Construction Managerial and Supervisory candidates, at all levels, is that these documents will affirm your experience and knowledge in a successful literary style which can be imitated.  They will also give insight to the content and standard required for successful applications and give confidence and encouragement to complete your study course or application.

Editors Note: TheLook and Learn storyboard is no longer publicly available. However guidance material incorporating this approach has beenincluded into our learning material.

CSCS Managers Black Card Guidance Answers

(originally posted Dec 15, 2011)

Well its nearly Christmas and as they say, ‘Change Is here to Stay’ and keeping on top of the latest personnel and company development changes is a full time occupation.

First I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all of our candidates who are completing their Profiling applications for their speedy response.  Having been informed with respect to the CSCS / CITB working relationship and their planned separation, our candidates are forwarding their completed applications before any suspected new changes in the route come into being.  I would encourage those companies and individuals who are considering the route to… hasten their decision and make use of the route while it is still in its present form.

The Guidance Answers can be found in the RivaSure ‘Look And Learn Series. This move is a response to feedback from existing candidates who have requested a full set of Guidance Answers. It has to be said that the Guidance Answers are for reference purposes only and that RivaSure does not condone plagiarism in any form but nevertheless, our candidates have commented very positively in that the Guidance Answers and Guidance Notes are excellent, ‘Oh yes, I knew That’ memory aids, aiding in structure and content.

Please see our most recent feedback:

“I have found the RivaSure experience to be hassle free and William and Andrew extremely helpful in their approach. After never sorting my CSCS Black Card out properly, I found the best option open to me to be the profiled route and after a bit of Internet research I found RivaSure and made contact. William called me back and talked me through the whole process and so I began my work with RivaSure.  I found the guidance notes excellent, they help you to get your head in to the question, turning the what can seem gibberish language of the question (when your sat of an evening after a long day trying to do the questions) and turn them into an easily digestible question. As William said to me ‘it can be like trying to eat an elephant you have got to do it in more than one sitting’ (I am a vegetarian but I got the idea!) You just work through them! I also used the guidance answers which again are very helpful. They give you a reassurance that you are on the right track and not gibbering on the wrong way! All in all EXCELLENT service and an EXCELLENT team! I would have no quibbles in recommending RivaSure and the chaps to any one! William and Andrew Thank you for all your help.  Samuel”

Editors note: Guidance notes are now only being offered to RivaSure candidates.  Also the term ‘Guidance Answers’ does not refer to ‘the answers’ – there can be no generic answers because each candidate’s answer will be unique to them. These notes are guidance for the sole purpose of assisting candidates to express their own working history as unique answers to each question.