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Cards Change!

London flooring specialists share that a common question they are being asked by floorlayers and their employers is where they can obtain an NVQ and how long the process takes. The reason why these questions are more and more frequently asked is as a result of inevitable changes to CSCS cards driving the fast growing demand for NVQs with main London flooring contractors that put their supply chains on notice about the need to comply. The withdrawal of the construction related occupation (CRO) card resulted in the following:

  • All CRO cards that are issued since October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017.
  • CSCS will no longer issue CRO cards from 31st March 2017
  • CRO cards that are issued before October 2015 will remain valid until their expiration date.

The main reason behind that is that the construction leadership council (CLC) announced in 2015 that skills skills certification card schemes which carry the CSCS logo must operate have operate with nationally recognised qualifications ( NVQs or another approved equivalent) for all occupations. You can find the changes and more details in the new Build UK training standard.

An interesting fact which London flooring experts shared is that the removal of CSCS affects over 230,00 CRO cardholders. In most cases they will have to register for newly developed or existing qualifications. Other scenarios will require them to move to one of CSCS’s partner card schemes. Flooring professionals in London warn that where the occupation is not related to construction or there are no suitable qualifications, a CSCS card will no longer be issued.

So, what`s the effect of that? When speaking of floor laying where semi-skilled workers had managed obtain a CRO card without much hassle to gain access to site will be now obstructed. This is one of the main reasons why people are being desperate to acquire a full competence qualifications in the shortest period of time.

This is why London flooring specialists say that now is the time to help them achieve an NVQ because the changes will affect employers in a bad way. Can you imagine that some of their skilled workers won’t be able to get onsite because of that?

  • Fortunately, there are many training providers that offer NVQs through onsite assessment and training (OSAT). They help workers to obtain a skilled operative CSCS card.
  • Another good thing is that it is not that challenging to obtain an NVQ. London flooring specialists explain that an assessor will visit an active site of yours and observe the working process. An evidence base will be prepared by using video/ audio recording of your work to cover nine mandatory + one optional units and award the NVQ.

There is a shortage of qualified floor laying assessors so don`t delay and get yourself or your team NVQ qualified as soon as possible before the cards expire!

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