Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

I feel cheated by the system

LETTERS

Sir, I am a part-time brickwork lecturer at Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne. I am writing in total disgust at the way training companies are dealing out NVQs when they carry out On Site Assessment and Training.

It has taken a work colleague of mine a total of four hours, spread over about six weeks, to gain an NVQ level 2, which took me and countless other students throughout the UK and Ireland 10 months to gain - and we had to sit ICA examinations. These training companies visit a particular site, watch a bricklayer work for approximately 20 minutes and sign them off!

They are then issued with a question paper, which they can take home, fill in and bring back. In most cases they are photocopied and passed around from operative to operative.

I feel, along with others who have followed the NVQ path, that it has been a complete and utter waste of time. Having to work alongside a 'self-taught' bricklayer, who gained his qualification in one tenth of the time it took me and others to gain, is an insult. What is the point of going to college?

I feel cheated and know I am not alone. Please let me know your views.

Mick Didcote m. didcote@sussexdowns. ac. uk