Issues identified include an aging workforce competition for a declining pool of qualified and experienced staff a lack of dedicated Building Control courses Lack of interest in Building Control as a career
Real issues are….. People are struggling to keep the staff they have There is no money for expensive college courses College courses arent all relevant Training people is time consuming They keep asking for help! They are always at college!
Different types of trainee School leavers Graduates People from site People from other professions Existing Technical Support staff
Technical support apprenticeship ConstructionSkills have developed a new Building Control Technical Support apprenticeship framework in partnership with the NHBC and LABC. This is for advanced level Technicians working in technical support roles They would be working towards basic plan checking and some supervised site visits – a kind of hybrid trainee/tech support officer
Why technical support staff? They are undervalued They are traditionally underachievers They can add huge knowledge and experience to supplement your surveying team You dont need a fully qualified surveyor or building engineer for all building control tasks
The apprenticeship framework includes the following qualifications: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Building Control Technical Support Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment* Functional Skills (or Essential Skills in Wales) Employability skills Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Mandatory BTEC units plus: J/600/0451 Mathematics in Construction and the Built Environment (unit 3) T/600/0221 Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment (unit 4) A/600/0222 Graphical Detailing in Construction and the Built Environment (unit 8) M/600/0296 The Underpinning Science for the Provision of Human Comfort in Buildings (unit 13) H/600/0456 Building Surveying in Construction (unit 15) D/600/0441 Building Regulations and Control in Construction (unit 17) J/600/0224 Surveying in Construction and Civil Engineering (unit 27)
This apprenticeship will enable progression to: NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Building Control Management (under development) Higher Nationals and degree level qualifications Route to Technical Level Professional Body membership with ABE
Apart from the obvious skills & knowledge it gives the individual, it will also provide the following benefits: A distinctive qualification for technical support allows for the professionalisation of that part of the service it is a useful independent tool to distinguish staff within a career grade or between separate grades in a support team
Increase productivity and improve staff retention Subsidised training route for new entrants and existing staff The apprenticeship will assist services that wish to encourage good technical support staff to progress to become professional officers A structured training route for new entrants and existing staff Improve staff retention and productivity
But what if you want a different route?
Now it seems there are 2 solutions!
This apprentice pathway doesnt fit the traditional model for a trainee or a tech support officer. LABC has therefore decided to make available a sum of money to each region to enable a limited number of trainees to be employed by members.
LABC Bursary The LABC scheme is not intended to duplicate or replicate the proposed industry wide Building Control apprenticeships; therefore the scheme is not aimed at school leavers. The scheme is not intended to support existing staff, although LABC recognises that in some exceptional instances, this might be appropriate.
Aimed at New entrants to Building Control or transferors from Technical Support, or Career change or School Leavers (age 16-19) – excluding those following funded apprenticeship routes. Then Existing staff undertaking a formal training programme up to and including HNC level.
LABC will make available funding to allow for the payment of ONC or HNC course fees for a two year period (payment will be made directly to the educational establishment). A condition of the funding is attendance at the LABC residential courses specifically covering Building Control competencies over the two year period, the course fees for which will be paid for by LABC.
What else are we doing? Opening up residential courses to all at low cost New areas on LABC forum Sponsoring joint CIOB scholarship Our programme of Building Control and Planning technical support training Business support via our regions Trainee of the year
This new apprenticeship will take technical support staff to a new level They already understand the business and customer environment This will help local authorities to prepare their teams for whatever lies ahead
So what are you waiting for? The future is looking brighter!