Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Formwork (Construction)

Why Do You Need It?

What is the purpose of this qualification?

This qualification is for Construction Operatives responsible for planning and resourcing formwork projects on building sites, including responsibility for the construction of the formwork, which may be specialist or complex in nature. It is designed to assess and prove occupational competence in the workplace to a recognised standard in the construction industry.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the latest National Occupational Standards for Formwork and is vocationally-related in its content. As an NVQ, all units within the qualifications are derived from these occupational standards directly, and evidence of knowledge, skill and understanding will be gained from a workplace or a realistic workplace situation.

It covers the following topics:

  • Confirming Work Activities and Resources
  • Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
  • Constructing, Maintaining and Repairing Complex Timber and Proprietary Formwork
  • Erecting and Striking Timber and Formwork for both Basic and Complex Structures
  • Conforming to general Health, safety and Welfare
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

Who can take this qualification?

This qualification is for all learners aged 16 and above who are capable of reaching the required standards and have opportunity to demonstrate practical skills in a realistic construction working environment. Learners do not need any prior qualifications, knowledge or experience before starting the qualification. They are likely, however to be working as Formwork Operatives on Construction Sites.

Although this qualification is a component of the intermediate Apprenticeship in Construction Building, it is also suitable for learners who may need or wish to take the qualification on its own. For example learners, working full, part-time or on a voluntary basis, or those who are not new to the role but need to upskill and/or demonstrate competency in the areas covered by the qualification.

What can this qualification lead to?

Learners may use the qualification to gain employment as Formwork Operatives, with responsibility for resourcing, planning and building specialist and complex formwork structures.

It may be used as evidence to prove competence to prospective employers, directly or as a component of card competence schemes. Such schemes are not a licence to practice and can be achieved by different routes (e.g. through the experienced worker route), but are widely recognised and used by many employers as proof of competence and access to sites.

How is this qualification assessed?

A portfolio of evidence gathered from a range of sources including workplace activities and realistic work environments, professional discussions, questioning and observation of performance.

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