Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

Occupational Work Supervision (Construction)

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) at SCQF level 6 allows candidates to demonstrate competence in job-related skills in their area of work and expertise.

This qualification covers areas such as confirming work activities and resources for the work; implement and maintain health, safety and welfare; and monitoring progress against work schedules.

This qualification has been designed by the ConstructionSkills Sector Skills Council to ensure relevance to the sector.

SVQs are based on National Occupational Standards. SQA works in partnership with other organisations to ensure that National Occupational Standards (NOS) are relevant to the current and future needs of Scottish industries.

This qualification is available through employers and training providers.

New CSCS Card Requirements for S/NVQs in Construction

SVQ in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) SCQF L6 (GM3A 23)

NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) L3 (GE1Y 79)

As you will be aware, CITB SSC and CSCS have stipulated that for these two qualifications  “learners must demonstrate relevant verifiable experience and competence in their occupational area”. This means that you must now provide details of the specific construction area (endorsement) that the learner was assessed in for their supervision competency. Please use this link to the CITB SSC website where the OWS Endorsement List is - https://www.citb.co.uk/standards-and-delivering-training/training-standards/nvq-svq-standards/occupational-work-supervision/

This is a mandatory CSCS requirement. CSCS will not issue cards if this information is not provided with the CSCS card application.

Interim process from 15 April 2019 (applicable to Occupational Work Supervision only)

We have agreed an interim approach this week with CSCS to enable learners to receive their CSCS card in light of the new requirements.

CSCS have stipulated, that with immediate effect you must complete the attached  “side letter”, detailing which endorsement  (specific construction area) that the learner has been assessed in and submit this to CSCS along with any other documentation required to enable the learner to request their CSCS card.

The SVQ is due to lapse on 31 May 2019. SQA is currently seeking approval to extend this date to 31 December 2019 in time for the new SVQ being available to centres from 1 January 2020.

The NVQ does not have a lapsing date, so does not require to be extended.

All other Construction S/NVQs with endorsement requirements 

CITB SSC and CSCS have stipulated that all other CSCS cards must be issued with the relevant unit endorsement to show the piece of Plant, Equipment, Activity or Specialism that the learner has been assessed in.

This is a mandatory CSCS requirement. CSCS will not issue cards if this information is not provided with the CSCS card application.

Interim process from 1 June 2019 (all other Construction S/NVQs with endorsement requirements)

As an interim approach which is applicable from 1 June 2019, SQA and CSCS have agreed that centres should complete the ‘side letter’ attached. This should be submitted to CSCS along with any other documentation required by CSCS to provide the relevant card.

Please refer to the specific endorsement list attached to the qualification structure which is available on the CITB website – see link https://www.citb.co.uk/standards-and-delivering-training/training-standards/national-occupational-standards-nos/suites-of-national-occupational-standards/

From the 1 January 2020

We are currently in discussions with CSCS to finalise the process for incorporating all endorsements into all S/NVQ’s for implementation on 1 January 2020. We will provide further details in due course.

If you have any queries about the new requirements or changes to process, please contact construction@sqa.org.uk

 

Why deliver this qualification

Successful candidates will gain an internationally-recognised qualification which guarantees that they have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out their role successfully.  Employers will also benefit from their employees being proficient.

Assessment is carried out in the workplace, which minimises any time learners would need to be away from their work.

The SVQ can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning 

Who does this qualification suit

This SVQ is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Candidates should be in a job or placement where they are carrying out relevant tasks and responsibilities which allow them to gather the required evidence. 

Progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • a range of SVQs at SCQF level 8 & 9
  • degree level study at a higher education institution
  • employment in the Construction sector, such as a Construction Site Supervisor

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority must come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

For general information on how to assess this qualification, please refer to the document Guidance on how to assess SVQs. For detailed guidance on how to assess this particular SVQ, please refer to the Assessment Strategy.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

The SVQ Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) at SCQF level 6 consists of five mandatory units and two optional units. 

For details of the units making up the SVQ, please refer to the Qualification Structure.

GM3A 23 SVQ in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) at SCQF level 6 Structure (66 KB)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Core Skills signposting

Core Skill mappings are carried out by the SSC responsible for the development of an SVQ. It is a requirement of SQA Accreditation that every SVQ submission includes information on where possible opportunities for candidates to develop Core Skills exist across the mandatory units.

Centres should note that mappings are not audited or validated against the Core Skills framework/units so are not accepted by SQA awarding body as evidence towards achievement of the Core Skills units.

Core Skills signposting SVQ Level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision (71 KB)

Modern Apprenticeships

This SVQ is a mandatory component in the SCQF Level 6 Construction Technical Modern Apprenticeship. 

SQA also offers the following components of this Apprenticeship:

Unit Title

SCQF 3

SCQF 4

SCQF 5

SCQF 6

Core Skills: Communication

F425 04

F426 04

F427 04

F428 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F429 04

F42A 04

F42B 04

F42C 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42D 04

F42E 04

F42F 04

F42G 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42H 04

F42J 04

F42K 04

F42L 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42M 04

F42N 04

F42P 04

F42R 04

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Lapsing

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

This qualification is now in its lapsing period and will finish on 31.08.2021.

Centres should note:

  • The qualification will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • The qualification’s content and delivery tools will remain on SQA’s website until 31.08.2021 at which point they will be removed and archived
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the qualification
  • No candidates can be entered for the qualification
  • Centres should ensure candidates complete the qualification and results are submitted to SQA before 31.08.2021.
  • SVQ Occupational Work Supervision (Construction) at Level 3 (62 KB)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Modern Apprenticeship

This award is also part of the Modern Apprenticeship in Construction-Civil Engineering and Specialist Sector L2

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

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