What is a National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC)?

NSAC delivers training and assessment to minority specialist construction sectors, who are unable to get what they need from traditional mainstream colleges and training centres

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Training and assessment

NSAC training and assessments are developed to match the bespoke nature of the specialist industry, whilst minimising downtime and absence from the workplace.

Over 100 occupational qualifications are available from NSAC.

On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT)

The latest way of judging by a set criteria, the competence of skilled workers.  NSAC undertakes both NVQs and SVQ assessments, nationally.

Assessments are carried out at levels 2 and 3 by occupational experts, fully trained to the latest assessor qualifications and linked to NSAC. 

Specialist Applied-skills Programmes (SAP)

SAPs are developed through partnerships with trade associations, federations and employers in specialist sectors. These apprentice programmes contain all the ingredients for a fully validated apprentice programme leading to a Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ).

These new entrant programmes are currently the only source of CITB grant recognised new entrant training for the sectors involved (until any trailblazer apprenticeships may become available).

New entrants must have a full-time contract of direct employment with a levy registered employer.  There are no upper age restriction, 16+ years; however, employer preference tends to be 18+ years.

Specialist Upskilling Programmes (SUP)

SUPs are designed for experienced practitioners looking to enhance their existing skills and gain qualifications; or for individuals with a construction background, moving into a related areas of construction.  

Upskill or cross-skill within a specialist occupation to achieve an NVQ or SVQ.

Bespoke training is developed by the sector, for the sector.  Short intensive training (5-14+ days off-the-job), means less lost time for the employer.  

Structured, relevant learning means skills can be put into practice quickly; helping to increase available skills and productivity for the employer.

See a list of available Specialist Upskilling Programmes (SUPs); or contact us details below.

Contact us

NSAC works across all four nations in the United Kingdom and can be contacted in England, Wales and Northern Ireland  through:

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