Housing Provider Celebrates NVQ Success
Published by kerri smith for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Education
Thrive Homes’ Service team is celebrating after its staff gained a host of qualifications in its field.
Thirteen operatives in the multi-trade team gained a level 2 NVQ in Maintenance Operations (Construction).
Two supervisors also gained a level 3 NVQ diploma in Occupational Work Supervision (Construction).
The team from Thrive Homes – a housing association which owns and manages more than 4,000 rented and leasehold properties in Hertfordshire - was able to gain the accreditations free of charge after Maintenance Supervisor David Andrews visited a stall at the Health and Safety Expo in Birmingham.
After speaking to representatives on the ‘Construction Skills People, Innovative Learning’ stand, David discovered he was able to acquire free funding for operatives with no official qualifications.
And he didn’t waste a moment.
Without this funding the course would have cost £800 per operative.
David said: “Thankfully through visiting the stand I was able to get the course at very good value for money for many of our operatives!”
David put in all the leg work, arranging meetings, paperwork, phone calls and emails, in his own time.
The only down time to Thrive Homes Services was one hour to fill out the forms for the course work.
The course involved an assessor coming out to check on a variety of criteria including; applying finishing plaster to background surfaces, conforming to general health, safety and welfare, erecting and dismantling access/working platforms and moving, handling and storing resources in the work place.
All elements were assessed and in some cases written evidence had to be produced before the assessor would pass that particular element.
The supervisors were also assessed on many elements including; allocating and monitoring the use of plant machinery or equipment, contributing to the circulation of construction related project information and implementing and maintaining health, safety and welfare in the work place.
It took around three months for the courses to be completed.
Jo Barrett, Operations Director at Thrive Homes, said: “Everyone put a lot of hard work in to completing the courses. They did this in their own time, mainly at weekends, so as not to disrupt the day to day job.
“This sends out a really positive message to Thrive Homes’ tenants who can now be confident that when an operative carries out works to their property he/she is qualified in the works they are carrying out and has full health and safety awareness.”
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