Carpentry and Joinery NVQ Courses
All you need to know about Carpentry and Joinery NVQ’s and how to get them.
If you need Carpentry NVQ courses at Level 2 or Level 3, there are a number of routes you can take, depending on your experience. SuperSkills will give you Free, Impartial advice at all times. You are welcome to call us on 01845 527 445 to find out more at any time!
A most important point to start with – NVQ’s (the letters stand for National Vocational Qualification) involve your work being assessed in the workplace. You cannot get your NVQ by just attending a training programme and you cannot just start getting assessed in a workplace until you have built up some experience. See why knowing that is important.
What are National Vocational Qualifications?
National Vocational Qualifications mean the individual has met the National Occupational Standards for whichever job is involved.
These standards are set by Sector Skills Councils, bodies set up by Government. They oversee the workforce skills across the country. You may have heard politicians talking about “Building the skills of the workforce” – what they mean is that employers are being encouraged to get their people qualified. The Sector Skills Council for the Construction Sector is the Construction Industry Training Board – which everyone knows as “CITB“
What are the NVQ Levels?
NVQ’s are set at different levels. Level One is Foundation Level – where somebody would be if they had attended a basic City & Guilds or Construction Skills course. They usually take ten to twenty days of training. Level Two is a “Skilled Trades” level. This is the qualification the vast majority of site workers have and the one that gets the CSCS “Skilled Worker” Blue Card. Level Three is a Supervisory level – somebody who has the skills to lead a team of trades on site and is able to undertake or oversee more complex work. They have a Gold “Supervisor” CSCS Card. Level Four and above are management level qualifications and holders of these have access to the CSCS Black Card. Learn more about the CSCS Card Scheme.
Carpentry NVQ Level 2 by On Site Assessment
There was a time when getting a Carpentry NVQ by on site assessment was a lengthy process. However, the Covid-19 pandemic caused a rethink by the awarding bodies. Now we do your Carpentry NVQ assessment far more conveniently – by gathering evidence remotely where possible.
Using this method has reduced our costs – and we have passed the savings on to our customers.
This route is open to people who have three or more years of general site experience. It involves our Assessor finding out your skills in the workplace and seeing what level you are working at.
We enrol you on an Online Learning programme for the ‘core’ Units of the Carpentry NVQ –
- General Health Safety & Welfare
- Productive Working Practices
- Management of Resources
Working with your dedicated Assessor
You gather evidence of your skills as a carpenter under the guidance of an assessor for both the mandatory and optional Units of the NVQ. You will be shown how to do this and we support you all the way.
The Assessor has to judge your work and skills against the National Occupational Standards for Carpenters. An initial conversation establishes the “gap” (if any) between your skills and those required for the Carpentry NVQ Level 2. An Individual Learning Plan is agreed with you.
All the time you will be building a file of evidence with photographs and references you get from other trades. The Assessor will support you and undertake assessments of your work. Once the evidence is there to show you are operating at the standard of a Skilled Worker, the assessments finish. Then you will be awarded your NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Wood Occupations (Site Carpentry ).
Getting your Carpentry NVQ Level 3
The Level 3 NVQ Diploma for Carpentry is a much bigger qualification than the Level 2. If you compare the qualification with GCSE’s the Level 2 is the “O” Level and Level 3 is at “A” Level. It can be acquired through taking a third year of Apprenticeship. However, the majority of our clients are very experienced trades and achieve the qualification by On Site Assessment and Training.
Level 3 qualifications take longer than Level 2
They are more expensive, because more time is required from the Assessor. It may sound a little strange, but we will always check with you just why you want to be assessed for Level 3. It’s not because we don’t want to do the work, far from it. It’s because we find that quite often the client only needs to have Level 2 for the CSCS Card they require. In short – “Level 2 will do”.
At SuperSkills, we simply do not believe in selling you something you don’t need.
You don’t need your Carpentry NVQ Level 2 already to be able to get assessed for Level 3.
Yes – another myth busted. You can be what is called a “Level 3 Jumper” – a candidate who has all the skills and capabilities and who is working at Level 3 standard. You can see the details of how the Carpentry NVQ Level 3 assessment is carried out here.
At SuperSkills we know the vast majority of our customers are looking for qualifications that can be obtained simply, quickly and conveniently. That’s why we are always on the end of the telephone if you want to talk about the best qualification route for you. Call 01845 527 445 to find out more.
Not what you were looking for? See all our Construction NVQ Assessment Programmes here.