Have you noticed the amount of building work that is going on at the moment?
At the top of the hill as you leave my village, a new housing estate is quickly taking shape. The development is a hive of activity and it all looks very interesting. As I pass the site on my cycle ride to the office each day, I’m intrigued by the many various aspects of construction allowing these new homes, warehouses and offices to come to life with architecture, planning, project management, brickwork, carpentry, roofing, plumbing, glazing, site management, health and safety…… the list goes on.
All these skilled people are working as one enormous team to ensure smooth running and good use of time and resources to achieve the end result. But of course, it’s not just about leadership and team working. One important aspect of any business is the quality assurance of the operation.
In terms of the construction industry, I know this can be especially difficult as the technical knowledge and background of each of the various skills and trades will have specific quality requirements and regulations, each one must be checked and verified against the appropriate and correct standards.
The need for qualified assessors to undertake these essential checks and confirm that teams and individuals are operating within the standards are obvious. Back in March, during the latest budget statement, I was pleased to read that the Government are investing in new technical qualifications particularly to help and support young people in the area of construction.
Yesterday, I was delighted to see a recent press release from the Construction Industry Training Board recognising the amount of construction already being undertaken in the UK and that the numbers of qualified assessors would not be adequate to meet the needs. Congratulations to CITB for their foresight in anticipation of current and future demand by providing some much-needed resources to support the industry, as it moves forwards.
Of course, assessing is also a professional skill which is needed not only in construction but in most walks of life – we see this regularly with those that register on our assessor training programmes from the large range of different industries in which our programme participants are working.
Like those who are constructing buildings, we like to build people skills, and are looking forward to supporting CITB’s initiative in building assessor and quality assurance skills within the construction sectors.
If you are working in construction, or perhaps part of the many crucial supporting trades and would like to become a qualified assessor, have a look at our latest course list and make contact with us to see how we can help. Our courses are flexible with different options, so they can fit around busy site-going professionals.
Notes to Editors
ATi provide a full range of TAQA progammes and qualifications through supported blended learning and bespoke open programmes. One of our most popular qualifications includes the Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment.