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Modular building sector launches its own NVQ

A new workplace-based qualification has been developed by the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA), to ensure that future demand for skilled professionals in the sector is addressed.

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction – Modular and Portable Building has been devised over a number of years by the MPBA in conjunction with CITB, and continues to be developed. It is the first time that a single qualification has existed that is tailored to both assess and grade the skills, knowledge and competence of those working in the sector.

The new qualification has been successfully piloted over the past year and is now being made fully available to companies looking to qualify staff while at work – essential for those that require CSCS cards for work on modular or portable buildings.

Chief executive of the MPBA, Jackie Maginnis, said: “This is the first time that existing employees at any stage in their career can gain a qualification that is focused on the wide skill sets required within the sector, and enables them to show their level of ability.

“In recent years, the demand for modular and portable buildings has grown massively and this course will ensure that the next generation of appropriately qualified professionals are available. From an employer’s perspective, it enables their staff to become qualified without time away from the workplace, while employees can be safe in the knowledge that they’ll ultimately have a qualification to their name which will serve them well in their career.”

Jackie added that one of the main things that makes a career in the modular and portable building sector both challenging and rewarding in equal measure is the fact that it encompasses so many different skills. Employees find themselves working as carpenters, plumbers, painters, decorators and fit out specialists, as well as knowing how to install a modular and portable building.

So those who embark on the qualification undertake three mandatory units: conforming to general health, safety and welfare in the workplace; conforming to productive working practices in the workplace; moving, handling and storing resources in the workplace.

In addition they choose three optional units from an extensive list that includes: installing and dismantling modular building structures in the workplace; applying paint systems by brush and roller; installing basic plumbing in the workplace; installing first fixing components in the workplace; maintaining non-structural carpentry work in the workplace.

There is already work with the CITB underway to add additional optional units, with paint spraying the likely next addition.

Jackie added: “The new qualification has been devised specifically to meet the needs of the sector and its employees. Organisations that use our buildings discover that it’s the speed with which we’re able to get them fully operational on site that gives us a true competitive advantage when compared with a traditional build project.

“The development of the qualification is the first stage in the sector’s commitment to learning and development. During the course of 2018 we hope to launch a sector-specific apprenticeship programme and will continue to develop the sector-specific training modules already launched.”

For further information about the MPBA visit the website at www.mpba.biz