Construction Update May 2019

20 May 2019

NVQ changes and updates (to meet new occupational standards).

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New Qualifications launched in January 2019:

  • L2 Building Maintenance Multi-trade Repair and Refurbishment Operations (AMENDMENT to allow ‘preparing background surfaces..’ unit to be taken more than once)
  • Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Construction Senior Management
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Site Logistics Operations  

Qualifications launched 1 April 2019:

Please note we will set an end date of 30 April 2019 for predecessor versions of these:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Interior Systems
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Interior Systems
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Plant Operations

Qualifications launched on 1 May 2019:

  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Road Building and Maintenance*
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Road Building and Maintenance*
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate and Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations*
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging**
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Accessing Operations and Rigging
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Occupational Work Supervision
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations

*predecessor versions to be withdrawn 30 June 2019

**predecessor versions to be withdrawn as the new versions go live

Following consultation with centres, and a review of the demand, the following qualifications have been extended:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Piling Operations
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design (will be extended by 1 May 2019)
  • We also plan to extend the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design in May 2019

The following qualifications have been set to end due to low demand:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Erection of Precast Concrete (April 2019)
  • BTEC Level 2 Award and Certificate in Construction and Built Environment -Specialist: Construction (Ended 31 December 2019 in England and Wales)
  • Due to low demand we are now planning to set an end date for the Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Built Environment Design and Consultancy Practice on 31 October 2019.

We are pleased to confirm the amendments we have made to the BTEC First Award in Construction and the Built Environment have been accepted by DFE and they have included on the performance tables for 2020. Updated specifications are available.

Changes include updating the unit ‘Construction and Design’ to improve synoptic links across the qualification and an update to the design of the external assessment, increasing the duration, to ensure DFE approval.

The larger sizes of BTEC First (Certificate, Extended Certificate, Diploma) have been amended, applicable from September 2018, to allow greater flexibility, in particular removal of restrictions in the core units (the requirement to aggregate a pass) and a greater choice of optional units.

A reminder that the qualification was updated on 1 February 2018 with approval automatically transferred for qualifying centres. In addition we have updated the free workbook for delivery and assessment and the specification to improve the content and centre guidance e.g. on malpractice.

The workbook for assessment with contextualised case studies, questions and up-to-date scenarios to help both teaching and the gathering of evidence, with free teaching materials for centres, can be found on the Health and Safety in a Construction Environment page but requires an Edexcel Online log in.

For more details please contact customer services on 0844 576 0045

Pearson has submitted to DFE updates to the BTEC National in Construction and the Built Environment National Diploma and Extended Diploma, to better reflect current and future knowledge and skills needs of modern home design and build.

There will be 4 new optional units available, including:

  • Housing Design Project
  • The Housing Industry
  • Offsite and Onsite Alternative Construction Methods
  • Housing Design Project

Please note that 2010 BTEC Nationals remain available until July 2020 to provide some consistency for providers whilst the impact, and implementation, of T Levels is being established.

Find out more on the Construction and the Built Environment page

All qualifications in the suite have now been recognised in England and Wales and are included in English apprenticeship frameworks*

*Building Services Engineering for Technicians pathway within the ‘Building Services Engineering Technology & Project Management’ Framework remains QCF- (2010 version) only until it is replaced by the Trailblazer Standard.

Pearson are supporting new standards with selected development of End Point Assessments (EPA’s) during 2018 and 2019 in Construction. Following the recent approval of some key standards, we have now developed Carpentry and Joinery Level 2 End Point Assessment for anticipated first assessment dates in September 2019. Specifications will be online shortly. We are working on an update to the knowledge qualification to fully meet the standard, (see below). Although the current BTEC Diploma in Construction occupations - carpentry/ joinery pathways can meet most of the knowledge requirements, a knowledge qualification is not mandated to meet the standard, but may be valued by employers. The NVQ in Wood Occupations is still required as evidence on on-programme competence development.

The SASE apprenticeship in Wood Occupations closes to new registrations on 31 December 2019.

In future we also plan to develop EPAs for Property Maintenance Operative, Lifting Technician, Bricklaying, Painting/ decorating.

Level 2 Technical Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery.

This will be the new knowledge qualification for the carpentry and joinery apprenticeship which can also be used by full time learners, as part of a study programme to improve employability prospects. Routes will be available in both carpentry and joinery with introductory knowledge and understanding about the industry, materials and techniques, workplace communication and behaviours, working with other trades and getting ready for employment. We plan to launch this by January 2019

Full details and updates of our new apprenticeship offer will soon be available on our Apprenticeship Standards page


New HNC and HND’s in construction are now included in the higher level frameworks and have replaced the QCF version at level 4 on our systems (registration end date of 31/12/18).
The Level 5 HND QCF is still available for those centres with learners needing to progress from QCF L4 to L5. Any existing Technical Certificates, NVQ’s and other competence qualifications are being extended to ensure continuity of provision, as above.

Summary: Current and anticipated product replacements for SASE frameworks to reformed ‘Trailblazer’ standards

Note that many standards do not specify mandatory qualifications, but listed below are qualifications that may be suitable as they cover much of the on-programme knowledge/ skill requirements. Unless mandated, the choice of a qualification will be down to the employer to agree with providers.

Qualifications

SASE Framework

New Standard & Qualifications

Available/ Notes

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations

Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying)

Bricklayer Level 2.

 

Does not mandate an NVQ though Existing NVQ L2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations may be acceptable


BTEC Construction Occupations (bricklaying) may be used, subject to employer acceptance

Standard and Assessment plan approved , EPA in development during 2019.



Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations, BTEC Diploma in Construction Occupations (Carpentry/ Joinery)

Intermediate Construction Building: Wood Occupations

Carpentry and Joinery (Site Carpenter, Architectural Joiner).

Existing NVQ L2 Diploma in Wood Occupations is mandated. BTEC Diploma in Construction Occupations (carpentry/ Joinery) may be used

Standard and Assessment Plan approved.


EPA developed by Pearson and available for first assessments September 2019


Note SASE framework ended on 31 December 2018

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction Occupations

Advanced Construction Building: Wood Occupations

Advanced Carpentry and Joinery

Carpentry and Joinery (Site Carpenter, Architectural Joiner).

Existing NVQ L3 Diploma in Wood Occupations.

Standard and Assessment Plan Approved

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction Occupations

Construction Specialist: Plastering

Plasterer

No qualifications specified, though NVQ L3 and existing knowledge qualification may be used, subject to employer acceptance

In development

Standard approved 17 March (Assessment Plan still in development).

NVQ 3 and BTEC L3 may be acceptable route to meet on-programme requirements, (as the standard links to the same CSCS requirements for NVQ), subject to individual employer approval

L2 NVQ Diploma in Building Maintenance Multi Trade Repair/ Refurbishment

Intermediate Construction Building: Building Maintenance Multi-Trade Repair/ Refurbishment

Property Maintenance Operative

Portfolio and research assignment (qualifications not mandatory)

Standard and Assessment Plan Available

Note this is not a like-for-like replacement standard. Construction NVQ e.g. Building Maintenance Multi-Trade/ Wood Occupations / Painting & Decorating can cover much of the skill standards.  

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – slinger signaller

Level 2 NVQ Certificate/ Diploma in Construction Plant Operations

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Construction Occupations

Construction Civil Engineering:

Controlling Lifting Operations, and

Construction Plant Operations

Lifting Technician

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Controlling Lifting Operations – slinger signaller

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Plant Operations (mobile/ tower/ crawler/ crane units)

Approved industry tests to meet knowledge curriculum

Live February 2018  

 

Note this is not a like-for-like replacement, with two NVQ’s now recommended covering the role of ‘Lifting Technician’.

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Surveying, Property and Maintenance

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment (Surveying)

Surveying

Surveying Technician:

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment/ Subsidiary Diploma  (Surveying pathway)

Available now.

Surveying units/ pathway should be undertaken.

Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Site Supervision

Pearson BTEC HNC Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

Construction Management: Site Supervision

Construction Site Supervisor

Qualifications not mandatory. Portfolio & knowledge evidence against standard.

In Development

BTEC HNC Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment confirmed as acceptable with employer group to meet knowledge requirements.

NVQ L4 Diploma in Site Supervision may meet portfolio evidence requirements subject to mapping & individual employer approval.

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Civil Engineering for Technicians

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Construction Technical & Professional: Civil Engineering for Technicians

Civil Engineering Technician

 

No specific qualifications are specified

 

Current Pearson Civil Engineering BTEC National and Civil Engineering competence qualifications, aligned to EngTech, may be acceptable to employers

Live October 2017

A portfolio of evidence signed off by the employer including an element of external verification and assessment.

Level 3 Diploma in Building Services Engineering for Technicians

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment (Building Services Engineering)

Building Services Engineering Technology & Project Management:

Building Services Engineering Design Technician

Building Services Design Technician

BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (Building Services Engineering) for knowledge and L3 Diploma for Building Services Engineering Technicians

Live October 2017

A Like-for-like replacement of Pearson qualifications in current framework

L2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations & Civil Engineering Services – Highways Maintenance

Civil Engineering -Highways Maintenance

Highways Maintenance (Skilled Operative)

In development

L2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork

Civil engineering - Formwork

Formworker. The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork is anticipated to meet competence requirements for this standard

In development

The above SASE Frameworks are not necessarily withdrawn, even when replacements are available, but are notified centrally and can be found on the official ‘Gov’ website.

New Frameworks (where Occupations not previously covered by SASE)

Occupation

Relationship to Previous Qualifications/ SASE

Pearson Qualification/ Services to meet standard

Available

Steel Fixer

None

NVQ L2 Diploma in Steel Fixing Occupations

In Development

Piling Attendant

None

NVQ L2 Diploma in Piling Operations

In Development

Assembly Technician

None

NVQ L2 Diploma in Erection of Precast Concrete

In Development

Digital Engineering Technician

NVQ 3 Diploma in Built Environment Design,

BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

NVQ L3 Diploma in Built Environment Design.

It is anticipated that a revised BTEC L3 Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment will meet this new standard from 2017

Live January 2018

Rail Engineering Design Technician

A specialist discipline derived from ‘Civil Engineering for Technicians’  SASE Framework in response to employer demand.

BTEC L3 Diploma in Engineering (720) incl. contextualized project unit.

SV Service to meet portfolio evidence requirements, for which centres can seek approval.

September 2015

Transport Planning Technician

A specialist discipline derived from ‘Civil Engineering for Technicians’  SASE F/W in response to employer demand.

BTEC L3 Diploma in Transport Planning for Technicians incl. contextualized project unit.

SV Service to meet portfolio evidence requirements, for which centres can seek approval.

September 2016

Construction Site Engineering Technician

No direct relationship. Possible progression route from Construction Contracting Operations L3 and a relationship to L4 Site Supervision (see above).

BTEC L4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Civil Engineering)

Live 2018

Construction Design & Build Technician

No direct relationship. Possible progression route from civil Engineering Design technician at L3.

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Expected 2018

Building Services Engineering Technician

No direct relationship

BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Expected 2018

Power Network Craftsperson

No direct relationship

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (e.g. Mechanical, Electrical or general)

Live 2016

Utilities Engineering Technician

No direct relationship

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Engineering (e.g. general, mechanical or electrical)

Live 2016

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