Which CSCS Card Do I Need?

Whether you are a skilled construction worker or simply require access to a construction site, a CSCS card provides essential proof that you have the training and qualifications for the job. Reflecting the skill level and occupation of each individual, there are a number of different Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards available to qualify for. Although having a CSCS card is not technically a legal requirement, the vast majority of employers require everyone working on site to hold the valid and relevant card for their role. If you are unsure which CSCS card you need to gain access to sites, read our helpful guide here.

Trainee & Skilled Worker CSCS Cards

Specifically aimed at individuals carrying out labouring duties, the basic green CSCS card is for is for entry-level workers on a construction site. For those registered on a recognised construction apprenticeship, the red CSCS apprentice card is issued free of charge. The temporary red experienced worker CSCS card is available for workers with on the job experience, who are registered to complete an approved construction related NVQ. If you have completed an apprenticeship, or achieved an equivalent construction related NVQ (at level 2 or 3), the blue and gold skilled worker CSCS cards are available upon passing of the relevant CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

Supervisory & Managerial CSCS Cards

For those with elevated responsibilities on site, there are a number of supervisory CSCS cards that can be obtained, depending on your qualifications. The gold supervisory CSCS card is available for individuals within supervisor and technical roles, where an industry-approved construction related supervisory qualification has been obtained. Additionally, the black CSCS manager card is designed for managerial individuals who have obtained an approved construction related managerial qualification. For those with construction related degrees, including HNDs, HNCs, CIOB Certificates and NEBOSH diplomas, the AQP card is available.

To obtain any of these supervisory CSCS cards, a HS&E test for managers and professionals should be completed.

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For more information about which CSCS card is right for you, or to book your CITB Health, Safety and Environment test, contact Acadame today. Email us at hello@acadame.co.uk, or call our advisors on 0330 1242165.

Make Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Your Career

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The Fenestration, Glass & Glazing industry is a huge sector within construction, and is crucial to the UK economy. With almost every existing and new building requiring windows, doors and glass, there are an extensive range of career opportunities available within the industry. Here at Acadame Training Solutions in Stoke-on-Trent & Derby, we offer a number of work-based qualifications to help those in working within Glass, Glazing & Fenestration to further their career.

Glass, Glazing & Fenestration NVQs

Proving your competency within your specific job role is easy, with our range of specialist NVQ qualifications. Candidates for our NVQs in glass, glazing & fenestration are assessed in the context of their job, by our team of professionals with extensive industry experience. Aimed at individuals from across the spectrum of the sector, our NVQ diplomas are structured to ensure that there is a high degree of flexibility in the qualification, according to whichever job you have.

Whether you work within curtain wall installation, fenestration installation & surveying, or the fabrication of glass supporting structures, these flexible diplomas will ensure you can move forwards in your career.

Designed to Work Around You

Although the duration of each Glass Glazing & Fenestration NVQ is dictated by each candidate, the qualifications can be completed in as little as 4 to 8 weeks and are designed to work around you. Our online ePortfolio is paired with a range of assessment methods, so that you can upload the evidence of your work at a time that is convenient to you. Once you have achieved either a Level 2 or Level 3 diploma in your chosen field, you will be able to take further qualifications to progress to a higher level – including leadership qualifications such as our NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision.

Train with Acadame

To find out more about our Glass, Glazing & Fenestration NVQs in Staffordshire and Derby, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful Acadame advisors. Call us on 0330 1242165 or email us at hello@acadame.co.uk today.

The Importance of Asbestos Awareness Training

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It is a well-known fact that asbestos exposure is highly toxic, with removal being a highly specialised process involving trained individuals. But for anybody working within the construction industry, training in asbestos awareness remains incredibly important. If you are working on buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000, asbestos could be present at any point of the process. It is therefore a legal obligation to undertake a formal asbestos awareness course, so that you know how to avoid the risks.

Who is Asbestos Awareness Training for?

At Academe Training Solutions, we provide Asbestos Awareness Training in Stoke-on-Trent, aimed at all individuals whose work could potentially disturb the fabric of a building – including those working as architects, surveyors, and site supervisors. In particular, it is essential that those working within the refurbishment, maintenance and allied trades should be well-informed through certified training, as they are more likely to become exposed during their work.

Legal Obligation for Companies

According to Regulation 10 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, there is a legal obligation for employers in the UK to ensure that all staff likely to come into contact with asbestos should receive training. This obligation is also enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Companies failing to provide Asbestos Awareness training for their employees face heavy fines in the event that any accidents should happen on-site.

UKATA Asbestos Awareness Course

Our UKATA Asbestos Awareness course in Stoke covers a range of important areas, including the dangers of asbestos materials, where they are likely to be found, how to avoid exposure, the procedures to follow, and all relevant asbestos regulations you need to know. Following training, all candidates are assessed by an exam which includes at least 15 multiple choice questions.

Book Your Course

To book your UKATA Asbestos Awareness course in Stoke, visit our dedicated booking page to see the next course dates. Alternatively, speak to our helpful Acadame advisors today for more information. on 0330 1242165, or hello@acadame.co.uk.

Benefits of CITB Leadership & Management Training

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Within the construction industry, there has been a growing demand for leadership and management training. As essential skills for all frontline construction sites, these skills are highly sought after by employers, with many wishing to improve leadership and management across their organisation. In response to this, training board CITB has developed a range of short courses which aim to give construction supervisors & managers the proficiency and confidence needed to carry out their roles effectively. At Acadame, we’re working alongside CITB to provide construction leadership & management training that can support all employers.

Accessible for Any Construction Professional

Whether site based or office based, any construction professional looking to improve leadership skills can access these accredited training courses. The courses we offer can be used as personal development for anybody who is eventually aiming for a move into management as part of long term career goals.

Improved Productivity & Retention for Employers

Those who have implemented leadership and management training for their organisation’s staff have seen a reduction in the number of man hours on site, productivity increases, and improved employee retention due to the offering of career development.

Flexibility of Delivery

Leadership & management training with Acadame can be tailored to suit the specific needs of the learner or business, with the choice of taking one short course, or several of the framework courses. Delivery of these courses is completely flexible – either by attending one of our training centres, our team delivering training at your workplace, or completing your course via an online virtual live class.

Wide Range of Courses

From Handling Difficult Situations, and Developing Yourself as a Team Leader, to the Delivery of Site Operations and Logistics, these construction leadership and management courses cover an extensive range of different skills that supervisors are required to have.

CITB Grant Support

Additionally, short duration grant support is available for employers, for the achievement of these approved short courses, via CITB grant payments.

Book Your Course

To find out more about our CITB Leadership & Management Training courses, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful Acadame advisors today. Call us on 0330 1242165 or email us at hello@acadame.co.uk.

Gain Your CSCS Gold Supervisor Card

Across all construction and building sites, site supervisors are arguably the key component to a successful project. With their role of ensuring site safety, and effectively overseeing the work of others, supervisors must have undertaken the relevant qualifications to be able to hold this position. If you’re looking to prove your competency and become a site supervisor, having possession of a CSCS Gold Supervisor Card is imperative. To help prospective supervisors to gain this, Acadame provides our supervisory NVQs, as well as the CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (or SSSTS).

CSCS Gold Card Requirements

For those working with supervisory responsibilities, getting a supervisor qualification is the next step to gaining your CSCS Gold Card. Our Supervision & Management NVQs are designed to allow construction professionals to prove their knowledge and skills within their specific job role, and demonstrate their management competency. Site supervisors must have completed either our Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision, or Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Supervision to be able to look at getting their CSCS Gold Card.

Additionally, applicants must have completed the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test within the past 2 years. The aim of the test is to examine supervisors’ knowledge across numerous topics in order to maintain construction site safety, and is completed in the format of short multiple choice questions.

CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)

Although not mandatory for a Gold CSCS card, many employers insist their supervisors complete a CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme to complement their learning. Our CITB SSSTS course in Stoke-On-Trent is an ideal way to improve your skills in terms of monitoring, organising, and administering groups of staff within the construction and civil engineering industries.

Enrol With Acadame

For more information about how our construction supervisor courses and NVQs can help you to gain your Gold CSCS Card, speak to our team at Acadame today. Email us at hello@acadame.co.uk, or call our advisors on 0330 1242165.

Further Your Career with an NVQ

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If you’re looking for a way to get ahead in your chosen sub-sector of construction, further training courses are ideal. Specifically, NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) are nationally recognised qualifications, designed to provide learners with the chance to demonstrate their competency within a chosen industry. At Acadame Training Solutions, we provide an extensive selection of NVQs in Stoke-on-Trent and Derby for individuals looking to accelerate their career.

Flexible NVQ Study Plans

During an NVQ, learners are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have the right skills and understanding to carry out a range of job-related responsibilities. Payment plans are available, with flexible study plans that are designed suit you. Whether you’re looking to build knowledge in installing glass supporting systems, or become a competent senior site manager, our NVQ diplomas cover a wide range of subjects for different sectors – including Glass, Glazing & Fenestration, Labouring, Supervision & Management, Bricklaying, and more.

NVQs with Acadame

Once you have selected the NVQ programme to suit your career goals, our NVQ assessors are here to provide support throughout your course, each of whom have extensive experience within their respective industry. Here at Acadame, our NVQs provide the flexibility needed to complete your chosen NVQ at a pace that suits you. Assessed against occupational industry standards, our learners are able to submit their evidence electronically via our online ePortfolio, at a time that suits them.

Book Your Place

To find out more about our NVQ courses in Staffordshire and Derby, please do not hesitate to contact our helpful Acadame advisors. Call us on 0330 1242165 or email us at hello@acadame.co.uk today.

Why Does First Aid Training Matter?

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First aid training is important, and you would be hard-pressed to find an employee in your workplace who disagrees with this notion. Why then, are so many people lacking in the appropriate first aid training? Confidence can play a huge part but so can the lack of willingness of companies to invest in the right training. If you have a West Midlands base for your workplace, our course for first aid at work in Staffordshire would boost your workplace in dealing with accidents and injuries appropriately.

It Can Reduce the Number of Accidents

Ultimately, all management wants to reduce the number of accidents that occur in the workplace. Statistics released for 2020/2021 found that in the UK, 441,000 non-fatal workplace accidents were reported. This figure is far too high. The awareness of potential accidents and behavioural change inspired from our first aid at work in Staffordshire course helps all attendees to prevent foreseeable accidents from taking place. When influential members of staff take part or those with social standing in particular, your workplace is empowered even more with inspired action that prevents staff injury.

It Boost Crisis Confidence

While some accidents are foreseeable, many cannot be predicted. The course – whether you take the 1 day, 2 day, or 3 day iteration, even covers severe situations such as heart attacks, anaphylaxis, choking and more. Ordinarily, the average person’s confidence in handling these situations would be low because they dread it ever happening in front of them. Our course prepares them for the idea that it could, and if it did, they would know how to respond. It also helps attendees to rehearse how to act in other types of crises as dealing with emergency situations is a skill.

Book Your Place

If you would like to find out more about our courses for first aid at work Staffordshire, or wherever you are based, our team are always willing to help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Academe by calling 0330 1242165 or emailing hello@acadame.co.uk. Plus, our upcoming courses can all be viewed and easily booked online today.

Is There Such Thing as An Accident?

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How many accidents can be prevented? Why did 1.7 million people in the UK suffer from work related illnesses in the year 2020-2021? Anxiety and depression were a high proportion of this figure but given the years span across the coronavirus lockdowns, that might not be surprising. The shift in lifestyle was difficult for many to deal with – taking away a vital sense of community that benefits our mental health. But figures also show that a third of this figure incurred musculoskeletal problems. The course we provide for first aid at work in Derby and other areas in Staffordshire doesn’t just teach attendees how to deal with accidents but also how to prevent them.

Prevent Preventable Accidents

Some stringent people believe accidents never happen. Most people believe this holds people to a higher standard than what might be reasonable, especially given the fact everybody has free will and we need to be conscious of the decisions we are making. Even upper management with the fate of their business at stake acknowledge that sometimes, everybody makes mistakes. What our course for first aid at work in Derby helps to drive home is that accidents can be prevented and their impact on workflow lessened by swift and effective responses. It builds the confidence of the attendee as they know they will be equipped with the power to respond without high anxiety and with the right actions in place.

Act Now – Act Fast

Don’t wait until a major accident happens in your workplace – empower your team today. The only thing that builds confidence effectively is lived experience. When you know you have dealt with a problem that inspires nervousness beforehand, even in a trained environment, you can spring into action when it really matters.

Book Your Place

If you would like to find out more about our courses for first aid at work in Derby, or wherever you are based, our team are always willing to help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Academe by calling 0330 1242165 or emailing hello@acadame.co.uk. Plus, our upcoming courses can all be viewed and easily booked online today.

Lead by Example with IOSH in Derby

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IOSH stands for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; it is also the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world. The solution to preventing the above statistics from becoming a reality at your workplace is to lead from the top, armed with up-to-date knowledge, a diagnostic review of current procedures and a personal action plan. Acadame courses for iosh in Derby are designed to be customised for the attendees at your workplace to benefit from in accordance with their current level of understanding. Moreover, they are designed to be fun!

Work-Related Illness Statistics

Statistics show that between 2019-2020, the estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions totalled to £18.8 billion, according to the Health and Safety reports on the gov.uk website. Figures for 2021-2022 are just as staggering, showing that 477,000 workers are suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder and 914,000 workers are impacted by work-related stress, depression, or anxiety. Absences are often linked to management styles, so leading by example and empathising with your employees are two sure-fire ways to circumnavigate this from becoming an issue at your workplace.

Time-Efficient Course for IOSH in Derby

We don’t believe it takes a long time to assimilate this information because we’ve designed a course that is engaging and comprehensive, helping you to improve productivity, enhance your company’s reputation, increase profits, and bolster your brand. You are the leader at your workplace – you set the tone for how other people act. Learn the true value of health and safety in just 5 hours with Acadame’s Derby iosh course.

Book Your Place

If you would like to find out more about our courses for iosh in Derby, or wherever you are based, our team are always willing to help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Academe by calling 0330 1242165 or emailing hello@acadame.co.uk. Plus, our upcoming courses can all be viewed and easily booked online today.

First Aid at Work: Statistical Shockers

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The official statistics for the HSE section of the gov.uk website show some truly eye-opening facts surrounding the impact of accidents and injuries in workplaces all over the UK. Let’s take a deeper look at some of these statistics that impact the necessity for staff to be trained on up-to-date practices for first aid at work in Stafford/elsewhere in the UK:

Statistics for 2021/2022

In the 2021/2022 bracket: 1.8 million working people suffered from a work-related illness, 61,713 injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR and a mammoth 36.8 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. Improperly trained first aiders in your workplace are contributing to these numbers and the number of injuries only pertains to those that were reported. If staff assume reporting injuries goes unnoticed or haven’t had the necessity of responding appropriately to work accidents relayed to them within recent memory, they might compromise your company in more ways than one.

QNUK First Aid Courses

There are 3 tiers of courses offered by our experts at Acadame that cover first aid at work in Stafford: the QNUK First Aid at Work Course, the Refresher course and the Emergency course, all at a Level 3 award. Presented in an engaging and straightforward format, the experience level of the attendees will determine the modules they undertake as our courses are designed to offer you the right first aid at work training for your individual workplace.

Book Your Place

If you would like to find out more about our courses to improve first aid at work in Stafford or wherever you are based, our team are always willing to help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Academe by calling 0330 1242165 or emailing hello@acadame.co.uk. Plus, our upcoming courses can all be viewed and easily booked online today.

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