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Getting Paid Should Be Part Of The Job – Not An Added Bonus!

A few weeks ago Richard Harrington the Business Minister spoke at the annual Construction Sector Forum and made a particular point about the need for large contractors to pay their bills to subcontractors on time. He highlighted a couple of cases where, as he put it, big businesses were using the money they owed to […] Read More...

Myths, Traditions and Understanding

A friend who is an electrician gets asked to change fuses in  plugs by people.  I'm not kidding.  They would happily pay him, rather than look on You Tube.  There are 360,000 UK results on You Tube for that subject and people call him.  Bonkers. Read More...

“Low Skilled” Trades? Give Me A Break!

Life has many disappointments, but high on the list must surely be when somebody looks down on you.  And there is no surer way to do that than to demean somebody’s occupation. This country has spent many years seemingly moving away from the old-fashioned “class system”, where the unpredictability of birth set your pathway in […] Read More...

How Do I Get An NVQ?

To get any National Vocational Qualification, there must be evidence of your competency in the workplace. You need to be working and for the Assessor to see you doing it – to develop your skills by giving you further training if needs be – and for you to meet the occupational standards. You can't get the NVQ if your training is completely delivered at a training centre. Read More...

Need Your CSCS Test? – Don’t Just Google It!

We’ve previously written here about the need to book your CSCS test direct with the examination centres online. You can do this at:  https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/signin/SignInPage/CITB DO NOT JUST “GOOGLE” CSCS TESTS – you will no doubt find at the top a load of “online booking” sites. These all charge a “booking fee” which is totally unnecessary and will make […] Read More...

Some Of The Most Difficult Calls We Get Are From People Whose CSCS Cards Have Expired……….Or Who Have Been Putting Off The “Evil Day………

Here at SuperSkills, we care about our customers.  I’ve thought long and hard about writing this, because the last thing I want to do is unnecessarily scare people – or worse still, for suggestions to be made that we’re indulging in some sort of “Project Fear”.  However, it’s sometimes right to tell people something they might […] Read More...

That Was Interesting, Wasn’t It?

Settling down for the last evening of the year is always a time for reflection.  2017 has been nothing if not interesting. Having started with a gallop as January and February seemed to fly by, it seemed the period after Easter reduced pace and just meandered along.  The break for Easter was followed by a […] Read More...