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Section 1 Structured Training

Section 2 Structured Training Plans

Section 3 Recording Training


Description:  The purpose of this unit is to enable you to record and review the range of structured training and development opportunities undertaken as a result of your roles in the workplace.

Author:  Gates MacBain Associates

Section 1  Structured Training

Aims and Objectives

At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • Define the structured training requirements required for the specific disciplines within the Construction Industry.

Structured training is the instructional techniques and methodologies used to develop skills and improve performance on the job. Structured training, in many situations, can result in more effective training than on-the-job training programs or standardised training courses.  This requires that course design should be specifically oriented to performance improvements. It is therefore tailored to the needs of a specific person and/or organisation and requires the production of some form of planning.  

The establishment of a structured plan for career development in conjunction with management awareness of the individuals’ aspirations cannot be overstated, even if the career of the individual changes over time the formulation of an initial career structure has positive benefits. 

The Professional Institutes and Institutions lay down the educational and training requirements needed to enable people to progress their careers within that discipline so the work of the Professional Institutes and Institutions should be understood.  An early introduction to the work of these bodies will have a positive effect upon the career development of the individual, most have varying levels of membership from student to corporate status.  Options exist at every stage of a career; it is the individual’s responsibility to seek out those people and organisations which can offer advice and guidance.                                                                                                 

Details of the training and educational opportunities available and membership criteria relevant to the different disciplines can be found by visiting the websites of the Professional Institutes/institutions and accessing their training and membership pages.

Self-Assessment Task

  • Discuss the requirements of the professional institutes with regard to the training that relate to your discipline.

Section 2  Structured Training Plans

Aims and Objectives

At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • Produce an individual structured training plan.

A Structured Training Plan is an agreed course of action which sets out the training required by individuals according to their job/position.  The plan can be adopted according to the needs of the individual and the organisation; consequently it has flexibility to allow for any changes in requirements.  

The advantage is that it enables individuals and employees to know exactly what is required of all the people in the organisation and how they can develop and progress, together with the qualifications they will need in order to obtain promotion.  

Example of a Plan 

The following layout was originally devised to demonstrate the options available to Highway Engineers at various points in their career development in order to progress within their chosen discipline but it could be easily adapted to other disciplines within the construction industry.  

It follows the possible career path of a school leaver without significant GCSE achievement to Senior Management within a Civil Engineering discipline.  

The individual may chose to which stage they wish to progress or retire from the training plan at any time; it provides a very basic plan of action.  

Possible career progression for school leaver /new starter to Highway Engineering commencing with few formal qualifications. 

 Trainee Highway Worker
  • Construction Diploma 1
  • CSCS Card
 Apprentice Road Worker - Highway Maintenance   

  • CITB Apprenticeship incorporating:
  • ERR
  • Construction Diploma 2 – Highway Maintenance
  • NVQ2 Highway Maintenance
  • Key Skills
  • Specialist Unit
  • CSCS Card
 Road Worker 
  •  Experienced Worker & National Vocational Qualification Level 2
  • CSCS Card 
  •  NVQ 3 Construction Site Supervision (Highway Maintenance and Repair)
  • CIOB Certificate in Site Supervisory Studies
  • Certificate in Highway Technology and Practice
  • CSCS Gold Card  
 Senior Agent/ Manager
  • NVQ 4 Construction Site Management (Highway Maintenance and Repair) or
  • NVQ Construction Site Management
  • CIOB Certificate in Site Management or
  • Through Career Development Programme
  • CSCS Platinum Card 
 Senior Manager/Director 
  • Incorporated or Chartered Engineer & Career Development
  • CSCS Platinum Card   

The individual and the company will determine a suitable time scale and method by which the individual’s success is recorded and assessed during their annual appraisal. 

Self-Assessment Task

  • Discuss the requirements of the professional institutes with regard to the training that relate to your discipline. 

Section 3 Recording Training

Aims and Objectives

At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • Discuss the requirements relating to the recording of training within the work environment.

The recording of knowledge understanding and skills whether by formal means using the recording systems of the individual institutes or institutions or by the individual upgrading their CV is an essential part of evidencing, whilst the recording of formal academic or competence achievement is essential.  Experience by a short description of the work completed and responsibilities held on individual projects is equally important. 

This information is of interest to a prospective employer and /or prove the individuals personal characteristics and abilities when seeking career advancement, most Professional Institutes or Institutions will require a career summary and record of training when individuals apply for membership or membership upgrade.   

Information is available from the websites of the professional organisation within your discipline; it can be accessed by clicking on ‘membership – transfer of grade’.  It will normally also provide access to the forms and procedures applicable. 

The requirements of the Professional Institutes and Institutions to formally record Continuing Professional Development are documented in the constructionsite unit Showing Development. 


Constructionsite Units

  • Showing Development

Self-Assessment Task

  • Explain the reasons for and the ways that the completion of training can be recorded.

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