What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification provides a wide range of basic, introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to construction, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the construction sector and across other sectors.
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, wallpapering, painting, bricklaying) alongside generic employability skills (such as self-management skills, positive attitudes and behaviours at work and working in at team.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. Learners should take the Diploma if before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 1 qualification, they need an extended introduction to the sector including the opportunity to build up a range of skills and knowledge, explore a number of potential job roles in the sector, and gain a set of more generic workplace skills. The Diploma will be suitable for learners who would benefit from an extended period of time working at Entry level, up to 2 years, before they are ready for Level 1.
Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to an entry-level role in construction such as painting and decorating assistant, bricklaying assistant, plumbing 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 Requirements
Learners 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:
• Young people interested in a career in the construction sector who intend to access level 1 qualifications but will need a fairly extensive learning programme before they are ready to do so.
• Young people and adults with little or no prior attainment, including those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, who wish to work in the construction sector but need a fairly extensive grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills, over an extended period of time, before applying for work.