This qualification will develop knowledge and skills in health and safety in a construction environment.
It may be available through employers, training providers or colleges.
This is an updated qualification that has been developed to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the industry.
Purpose of this qualification
This qualification is aimed at those who have no prior experience of health and safety in a construction environment.
Its primary purpose is to develop the learner’s occupational competence as a labourer so that they can gain employment or work towards another qualification (see Progression).
This qualification delivers the underpinning knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard for the role and so provides a sound basis for working in the industry.
The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:
- preparing learners for employment
- preparing learners to progress to another qualification
- meeting relevant programmes of learning
This qualification is supported by CSCS — the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme provides a registration card scheme for those involved in construction. The scheme is acknowledged by industry and recognises skills, knowledge and understanding, competence and qualifications.
What does this qualification cover?
As this is a knowledge-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.
To achieve the whole qualification, learners need a minimum of three credits. They must complete one mandatory unit from the qualification structure (see Qualification content and delivery tools).
Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is suitable for:
- learners with no prior experience
- learners not in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- school leavers
- adults returning to education
There are no specific skills, knowledge, understanding or any other qualifications that must be achieved in order to start this qualification, however learners must have the potential and opportunity to gain this qualification successfully.