Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
These qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the construction sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in construction or other related sectors.
The Skills for Construction qualifications form part of our Suite of Skills qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.
The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.
Changes to our “Skills for…” qualifications
The recent review of our Vocational qualifications has resulted in changes to qualifications in the Construction sector that will come in to effect as of the 1st August 2020. Please refer to the new Skills for Construction qualification specification or unit spreadsheet for further details.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M (Mandatory) worth 3 credits and a further 3 credits from Group M or Group O1 (Optional units).
Learners may complete a maximum of 3 credits from this group.
Hand Tool Skills for Timber Work
Measuring and Marking Out in Plumbing
Working with Plastic Soil and Waste Pipe
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification provides a basic, introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to construction.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
Mandatory units include:
• Health and Safety in Construction
• Working in Construction
Optional units include knowledge and skills relevant to different job roles in the sector such as carpentry, plumbing, painting, wallpapering.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma.
earners should take the Award if they need only a small amount of focused learning in construction before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 1 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in construction such painting and decorating assistant, plasterer’s assistant.
How will this qualification support the learner’s independence?
Learners can progress to a Level 1 certificate or diploma in Construction, including Gateway Qualifications’ Level 1 Certificate and Diploma in Skills for Construction and other Level 1 qualifications such as Building and Construction, Construction Trade Operations, Practical Construction Skills, Plastering, Rendering, Tiling, Carpentry and Joinery.
Progression & Entry RequirementsLearners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age, however it is anticipated that it will be of specific relevance to: • unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to a particular vocational area to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer • learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at Entry level before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 1.
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