Today, on what is Vocational Qualifications (VQ) Day, Bristol’s Dale Wiltshire, is celebrating being the 5000th person to achieve an NVQ through ConstructionSkills ‘Train to Gain’ programme.
Dale is an employee at Bristol-based Churngold Construction Ltd, which is a professional groundworks and civil engineering company. The company has been undertaking training through the ’Train to Gain’ programme since 2006, with more than 90 employees now having gained an NVQ through this route, enabling them to upgrade their Construction Plant Certification Scheme (CPCS) cards.
The CPCS card is the most widely recognised qualification card in the construction industry. It shows that workers have the right skills and qualifications to carry out their jobs safely and to the required standard.
The ‘Train to Gain’ programme has enabled Dale to go from an NVQ Level 2 in form work to a gain an NVQ Level 3, and this year he will now be put forward for a Supervisors / Managers NVQ.
Paul Lord, Training Manager at Churngold Construction Ltd said: “We were really pleased to find out that Dale is the 5000th NVQ achiever through the ‘Train to Gain’ programme. Many of our staff have been undertaking training through the programme so it is great to see one of the team celebrate their success in this way on Vocational Qualifications Day.
“We put a really big emphasis on training for our employees, it is so important that people receive the right training and qualifications to provide them with the skills they need for a successful career in the industry and to help achieve a fully qualified workforce. The training our employees have gained through the Train to Gain programme has not only benefited our company, but also our sub-contractors and agency workers. We really appreciate the support and help from everyone involved in the programme from ConstructionSkills through to Filton College, Smarter Builder and Wyevern Training.”
ConstructionSkills’ ‘Train to Gain’ programme, which is funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), aims to encourage more companies to undertake formal training to ensure that employees obtain industry recognised qualifications and have the right skills to do their job successfully, which in turn will help businesses improve their productivity and competitiveness.
John Cowie, Company Development Manager for ConstructionSkills in the South West, said: “Vocational Qualifications Day is aimed at celebrating the successes of those that have worked hard and gained vocational qualifications, as well as those who have helped them achieve this success.
“We are extremely pleased to have been working with the LSC and the other training providers during the past two years to offer companies free training through the ‘Train to Gain’ programme. It is great to see that so many people have benefitted from the training and we plan to continue supporting these companies and provide them with first class training into the future.”
To find out further information about ConstructionSkills please visit www.cskills.org and to find out further information about Vocational Qualifications Day please visit www.vqday.org.uk
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ConstructionSkills is a partnership between CITB-ConstructionSkills, CIC and CITB (NI). It is one of the Sector Skills Councils tasked by the Government to implement UK-wide Sector Skills Agreements between the bodies responsible for delivering training in the UK and those that demand it.
Through its network of regional offices, ConstructionSkills' Education Teams work with around 25% of all schools in the country. This involves working with careers advisers to expand their knowledge of the industry, with teachers to supply curriculum resources and with young people to assist with construction-related activities. www.cskills.org