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Coronavirus Update – NVQ Assessments & CSCS Cards (31 March 2020)

There are few events that are truly "unprecedented", even though they come as a surprise to people who should have made proper arrangements to deal with them - the recent floods are a good example.  However, the outbreak of Coronavirus that has so quickly become a global pandemic can be describe accurately using that term. There is no part of the economy that will go unaffected by these events, so it is not surprising the construction sector is coming under strain. For a business like SuperSkills, this means making sure we do everything we can to eliminate the possibility of infection to our customers and staff. Read More...

Business As (Almost) Usual…..

Everyone has been taken aback by the sudden increase in Corona Virus infections across the world. That a pathogen of this nature can make its way across the globe in such a short time – inflicting illness and even death along the way seems hard to comprehend – and our hearts go out to those […] Read More...

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...