We recently caught up one of our NVQ achievers, Dan Hayward, to present him with his NVQ certificate and get some feedback on the assessment process. Dan completed a Level 4 NVQ in Construction Site Supervision through on-site assessment for experienced workers.
DMR: How did you hear about DMR and why did you pick us for your NVQ?
Dan: Two things really. The people we were using at GMCT were going to do the course but we kept getting a lot of ‘backwards and forwards’. We didn’t actually get an answer from them so I looked online and found DMR. We rang the CITB before that but obviously they’re really expensive – I think DMR were half the price. The price was comparable to GMCT but it was just the fact that DMR could facilitate the NVQ a lot quicker.
DMR: How did you find the NVQ assessment process and was it different to what you expected?
Dan: It was different, but it was different because I ended up making it different. It would be more beneficial, I think, to do it in a more practical way, i.e. with more practical interaction, more onsite work with question and answer sessions (similar to this interview we’re having now!) Because of time constraints it just ended up being easier to demonstrate my job knowledge in a more academic style of assessment – “There’s the question, I know the answer and now I need to write it down!”
In a way, it was a lot easier when Steve (Dan’s NVQ assessor) came on site and we walked round and actually discussed things face to face. But it couldn’t have been done any other way for me because I didn’t have the time while I was on site.
DMR: I should probably ask this question when Steve isn’t here, but what did you think of your assessor and did he support you throughout the NVQ? Was he there when you needed him?
Dan: He was. And if I rang, texted or emailed him, I got a response back quickly, and he tried to point me in the right direction. Steve was always trying to help me do the course in a more simplified way that fitted in with what I was doing at work. When Steve visited the site it was more beneficial because we could actually talk – “why have you done that? What are you doing now? Who are you talking to?” – and when we had that dialogue it was a lot better than just doing it with pen and paper.
DMR: What are your plans now? Are you thinking about going on to do a Level 6 Management NVQ or are you not sure yet?
Dan: I might do a Level 6 at some point but next year I’ll probably have a break, not do any studying and just focus on work. I don’t particularly want to be a site manager so the Level 6 in Site Management isn’t necessarily something I need – I’m quite happy to be an assistant or a supervisor at this moment in time. Management is not really on my horizon right now.
DMR: And lastly, could you sum up your feelings about DMR in a single sentence?
Dan: If you want a company that provides great service, points you in the right direction and helps you further your career, then you can do no better than contacting DMR.
Dan gained his NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision while working on the Warehaus Ancoats project.