Experienced Carpenters who need NVQ
Able Skills is open 7 days every week – Please feel free to pop in and see what we do.
No Appointment Required * No Sales * No Pressure
As we are open 7 days - Courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – All Course Times are: 08.30am - 16.30pm
A deposit will secure a course start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
Please call for details * Email us * Request a free brochure and DVD
Able Skills has their own accommodation available at £20 per night for those of you who are travelling longer distances to train with us.
With the 2010 requirement for all site workers to hold Experienced Worker cards or Skilled Worker cards, the need for experienced tradesmen to gain NVQs has never been more important. Without the right qualification, you will be unable to gain access to site to undertake your work as a Carpenter.
As a result, the Construction Awards Alliance has developed a fast track programme for those experienced Carpenters to achieve NVQ without the need for site visits.
This fast track route to the right level of qualification in Carpentry is available to all time served and skilled Carpenters, those of you who have never previously had the time or the opportunity to gain a qualification to reflect your Carpentry ability.
EWPA – (Experienced Worker Practical Assessment) is a fast track qualification option and with the right evidence in place, can be achieved in as little as 2 days, usually at weekends so there should be little or no disruption to ongoing commitments.
Everything can be done at Able Skills Construction Training Centre as we have the facilities and staff in place to fast track you through the NVQ process.
If you feel the need to be formally assessed in order to gain your Carpentry NVQ and an Experienced Worker CSCS card then this fast route to NVQ is ideal.
Able Skills has approval from Construction Awards Alliance and City & Guilds to assist skilled Carpenters in gaining an NVQ. This process is non complicated and can be completed in a relatively short time frame if all of the evidence required is readily available.
If you have been working as a Carpenter for quite some time and you are competent in your Carpentry ability and have a very good general knowledge in all areas of Carpentry, then come along to Able Skills to meet with one of our Carpentry Assessors to discuss your route to gaining a Carpentry qualification.
A short meeting to establish your competence could put you well on your way to obtaining a Carpentry NVQ, a requirement for any construction site worker for 2010.
We have all of the required assessment procedures in place: qualified staff, excellent facilities and all of the support and guidance to help you obtain a Carpentry NVQ.
This is a fast route open through the Construction Awards Alliance / City & Guilds awarding bodies. It is available for workers with a minimum of five years experience and who do not need any further Carpentry training.
All EWPA candidates must:
• Be site experienced in all the stated skills of the Carpentry NVQ
• Have sufficient experience of the skills of the NVQ, so that planning your working day, problem solving and decision making and working to deadlines (with regard to Carpentry) are a usual day-to-day activity
• Have an ability to cope with the demands of an intensive practical assessment process
• Have an ability to work safely at all times
• Have an ability to discuss your work activities with others
The following units make up the level 2 Carpentry NVQ (QUA 808) and you will be required to provide evidence of:
Mandatory Units required: 3
QCF01 – Conforming to General Safety in the Workplace
QCF02 – Conforming to Efficient Working Practices in the workplace
QCF03 – Moving and Handling Resources in the Workplace
Optional Units required: 3
QCF09 – Installing First Fixing Components in the Workplace
QCF10 – Installing Second Fixing Components in the Workplace
QCF11 – Erecting Structural Carcassing Components in the Workplace
QCF12 – Maintaining Non-Structural Carpentry Work in the Workplace
QCF13 – Setting Up and Using Circular Saws in the Workplace
The 4 Steps of EWPA
Step 1: Upon contacting Able Skills, we will arrange a profiling appointment for you and make recommendations of the kind of information and evidence you may wish to bring along to support your application as an experienced Carpenter.
Step 2: At your profiling appointment (which will last for approximately 2 hours) our Carpentry assessor will introduce you to the process and make an initial assessment to ensure you are suitable to qualify through this method.
They will look over any items of Carpentry ‘evidence’ you may have with you, evidence you provide can be in a written form, such as witness statements from customers or supervisors worked with in the past, or it can take the form of photographs of your work, site plans, qualifications or proof of Carpentry employment.
If there is insufficient evidence but it is clear that you are a competent Carpenter, you will be advised of what additional Carpentry evidence is required which you will have to bring back to the Centre to undertake a review. You will also be required to sit a health & safety test for your CSCS card if you haven’t done so already.
Step 3: Once all of the required portfolio evidence is complete, you will undertake a practical assessment of your skills which will be observed by our Carpentry assessor. This will be followed by a recorded professional discussion to assess your knowledge of Carpentry; we will aim to complete this process over a period of 2 days, weekends are available.
Step 4: If you are successful, you will receive your full, Skilled Worker CSCS card and your NVQ certificate. If you do not pass the assessment all is not lost: the work you have done can still count towards your qualification through OSAT.
The entire Carpentry EWPA process can be completed quite quickly if all of the evidence is in place and as Able Skills is open 7 days every week, you can choose when you would like to complete the varying aspects of this Carpentry award so if weekends suit you better, no problem.
Whether you are looking to gain an Carpentry NVQ for the purposes of obtaining a Skilled Worker CSCS card or if you are considering emigrating and taking your Carpentry skills to another country, this experienced worker fast track option is a fantastic route to gaining that all important Carpentry qualification.
This is an opportunity for you to have the paperwork that is sometimes an official requirement to prove that you are an experienced and skilled Carpenter.
NVQs are the requirement from 2010 for any site based employment, without the qualification and the CSCS card, you will not be able to continue working in the way that you have been.
EWPA and CSCS
Registering for the EWPA NVQ route will generate a:
Red Card - EXPERIENCED WORKER
Registration will take place at PROFILING stage and as long as you sit/have sat a Construction Skills health and safety test., this card will be generated. The card is issued on a temporary basis, while the NVQ is being achieved.
The card is valid for one year and is non-renewable.
An Experienced Worker Card cannot be replaced by a Construction Site Operative or a Basic Skills Green Card.
Blue Card - SKILLED WORKER
You may qualify for a blue skilled card once you have successfully completed the EWPA process and achieved the NVQ level 2
Cost and Duration of Experienced Carpenters who need NVQ
Duration: 2 Days
Able Skills is open 7 days every week and most courses can be completed either through the week (Mon-Fri) or at weekends (Sat-Sun) – Please call for details
A deposit will secure your start date and any balance can be paid on the start date or spread over the period of your training – Interest Free!
For all workshop based training and/or assessment we recommend suitable clothing and for your safety, protective footwear is essential.
Carpentry Courses at Able Skills
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I picked Able Skills because they were very clear about logistics, the price of their courses, timings etc. They were straightforward on the phone. They were ideally situated, commutable from central London, offering a low commitment course to test things out. A great course to find out if you want to go further with Carpentry.
I found the Carpentry course extremely informative. Tutors were friendly and professional and very knowledgeable, passing information on to students in a practical and memorable fashion. Thanks Steve and Tim, great job!
Great Tutors, very knowledgeable. Very friendly and helpful. They don’t fill you with a load of nonsense only useful advice. They don’t just give you the answer to your problem, they explain how, why and where you would use it. The overall rating for Able Sills is Excellent, just as the reviews had suggested.
I found the Carpentry intensive five day course extremely interesting and helpful, exactly what I was hoping for. Instructors were very professional and adept at pitching information in a way that all easily understood. Very enjoyable, many thanks.
I found Able Skills online. I chose to train with them further to my visit at the centre. I did not have to book an appointment to visit, they have an open door policy. The most important factors to me when training were quality of course, practical aspects and flexibility, the no hard sell was a bonus! The course was top quality with exceptional tutoring. Their tutors are the top of their game and take time to pass on their knowledge. I am very happy and will come back for more. Ten out of ten !
I took the 6 week carpentry 6217 at Able Skills. Tim and Steve were great instructors and both very helpful and knowledgeable, they allowed great training and a great atmosphere in the workshop. Excellent! The course was value for money and met with all my expectations.
Jack H – 5 Day Intensive Carpentry Course
I decided to train with Able Skills as they offered good value for money. Course tuition was fantastic! A lot was fitted in during the 5 days but because of excellent tuition and explanation, you didn’t need to go over things twice and you didn’t feel rushed.
David G – 5 Day Intensive Carpentry Course
Able Skills offer such a great variety of courses that is one of the main reasons I choose to train with them. I found the course content to be very good and both the tutors were brilliant and could answer any questions that I had about projects I wanted to undertake in my home. They also adapted the course best suited to my personal needs.
I took the 5 day Intensive Carpentry Course. I really enjoyed this week, Steve and Tim’s tuition was excellent, thank you. The course was value for money and I would rate Able Skills as excellent.
The course was very good. I learnt very important things that can help me with my future career. Both of my instructor were exceptionally good. They taught me a lot of valuable and wise points in carpentry. I’m very, very happy. The overall rating for Able Skills is excellent. I am glad that I found them on the internet.
I find their instructors nice to talk to and very good at their jobs. This is the reason I return to Able Skills for my training. The course is value for money and their overall rating is excellent. I would definitely recommend them.
I chose to train through Able Skills as they were able to offer the same qualifications as my local College in less time. The instructors were all very helpful, giving not only training advise by also offering advice in what to expect when working in the trade. I would definitely attend other training Courses though Able Skills and recommend to others.
I heard about Able Skills through a friend. I thought Steve was an excellent instructor. He explained things very well and gave everyone a lot of time. He also made sure we were doing the task properly and was always there to help. I was recommended to Able Skills through a friend and felt the course was value for money and met all my expectations.
Able Skills have excellent facilities and instruction from its Tutors. The course was value excellent and I would recommend others to Able Skills.
It is very hard to find such excellent tutors. The standard of both Tim & Steve’s teaching is second to none. It is a very friendly and fun environment to be in with everyone feeling part of the task however fast or slow you are picking it up. I chose Able Skills after reading other peoples reviews. Both Tutors had different approaches to solving problems, which helps you see which one suits you. There is a lot of emphases on planning & checking which I feel makes you aware of the issues you will later face if you do not prepare beforehand.
Both Steve and Tim are excellent instructors! Patient and encouraging. Able Skills are an excellent training company and I would recommend.
The course has given me a good foundation in Carpentry. Steve’s instruction was first class and he passed on a great deal of knowledge. He was keen and always gave encouragement. Thank you for making this an enjoyable week.
Excellent instruction! Patient course tutors with knowledge second to none. Plenty of practice, I picked up many useful tips, Thank you!
I was placed on a training course through the company I work for. I would like to say the tutors were very patient and clear with their instructions, superb at their jobs. I would recommend to others.
I thought for a week’s course, we packed in a lot of various tasks which I learned a great deal from and hope I can use at my work place. I would consider taking a plumbing course with Able Skills, I would definitely rate them as excellent.
Tim and Steve were excellent tutors and very approachable with a good teaching style. Did get very hot a couple of times but overall a great place to train. Very happy thanks!
Eric Benn – 6 Weeks Hands On Carpentry and Joinery Course
I did consider other training providers but none of them provided the course that I was interested in. It was also easy to get to from my home and they provided fantastic support, from booking the course all the way through to the training. Both my tutors, Tim and Steve had lots of ideas for my specific learning programme. Great set up at Dartford - enjoyed every moment.
Farrukh Ahmad – 4 Weeks Hands On Carpentry Course
I considered training centres closer to my home but none of the other centres catered for my needs. I think the style of the tutors at Able Skills was exactly what I needed. I enjoyed it more than other courses I have attended at colleges. I really enjoyed the facilities and the friendly atmosphere.
Able Skills has grown and so has the amount of students in attendance and we are being used by everyone right across the UK and abroad.
As a result of the increase in students, Able Skills has purchased 3 properties to accommodate the growing numbers of people travelling from distance.
Able Skills properties are licensed HMO (Houses in Multiple Occupation) and are fully equipped in line with local authority standards.
The properties will provide you with your own fully furnished room with washing facilities and TV. There are several bathrooms/WCs as well as fully fitted kitchens and a dining areas to eat and/or meet your fellow students.
Able Skills employs someone to maintain the properties on a regular basis and also to ensure that the property is being looked after by those staying.
We are very pleased to be able to offer this accommodation at £20 per night and we are keen to ensure that your time away from home is enjoyable and comfortable. The properties are situated close to all of our training centres and some have allocated private parking facilities.
This enables you to leave your vehicle in a safe and secure environment and make that short walk to whichever course you are attending.
We are a very popular choice of training centre and as a result we are very busy and so is our accommodation. We would recommend that you make every attempt to tie in any accommodation requirements at the time of booking your course.
If our accommodation is full, there are other local alternatives available which range from £20 per night upwards.
During your stay at Able Skills accommodation we will guarantee you a secure area to keep all of your belongings and additionally, we guarantee that the only people using this property are Able Skills students.
Should you require any additional information or wish to book training and accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact Gary, Angela or John on 01322 280 202.