It is targeted at construction workers who have skills, experience and training but no formally recognised qualifications and helps them to get the qualifications they need to prove they can do the job.
It is the route for skilled and competent, but unqualified, construction workers to turns their existing skills and experience into a nationally recognised qualification such as an NVQ or the Scottish equivalent qualification SVQ.
The OSAT process confirms existing worker skills, and tests what they can do in the workplace. The benefits are that:
Employees of all ages and abilities can be trained for a nationally-recognised qualification;
Employers benefit from productive work while training is in progress;
Existing skills, everyday tasks and routine training are used as evidence for qualifications;
Workers are able to protect themselves and fellow workers in terms of health and safety, and gain better protection in terms of their future employment; and
It increases the qualifications base of the workforce and ensures construction employers meet their qualification and quality targets.
The CITB, employers, government agencies and colleges are all involved in developing the OSAT system. At regional and national levels UCATT is pursuing strategic partnership developments to ensure continuing commitment and delivery of the programme.
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