If you are leading or co-ordinating employment, training or skills development on a National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) project – or want to use the NSAfC way of working on an unaccredited project – this page will tell you about your role and how to get started.
The training and skills development side of most NSAfC projects is usually led by one of the following:
There’s considerable overlap between the roles, and in some cases the difference between them is one of emphasis or name only. Furthermore, your role may change from project to project, depending on their individual requirements.
A PSC is employed by the main contractor and is essential to a successful project. The PSC usually:
A CBO or CDA is employed by the main contractor. In addition to undertaking PSC roles, this officer often:
CCs are employed by clients (usually public sector bodies procuring infrastructure projects) and usually take on the role in addition to their existing position, often as part of an economic development team. In addition to some PSC roles, a CC often:
The starting point for a co-ordinating role is to familiarise yourself with the project structure and personnel, and find people on site who are sympathetic to your goals. They will be invaluable in persuading supply chain members about the NSAfC’s value.
The success of your project depends on you establishing and maintaining good working relationships with key site staff, community organisations and other important stakeholders. Look for local connections and research organisations likely to be useful. Identify the project’s network of stakeholders and subcontractors and make appropriate links.
When you have developed the right network of people to support your work, it will be easier to think about apprenticeships, work placements and career events and provide the right training through the supply chain.
You also need to understand the NSAfC way of working, and know your ESP so that you can prioritise targets and develop a plan of action. Ask for help – others have done this before and exceeded their goals. Use their experiences, innovations and best practice to inspire you. Find out more in our Case studies area.
A good understanding of the nature of the industry and the diversity of construction roles will help you communicate the exciting career and upskilling opportunities that you have. You role includes promoting construction as a career option to new talent, and they need to know there’s far more on offer than the traditional trades, but professional, legal, managerial and highly technical roles too. The Go Construct website is fantastic resource for information about construction careers and job roles.
For more tips on getting started, see our Suggested induction checklist for project co-ordinators.
Following the NSAfC aim to improve skills throughout the construction workforce, you should look to undertake further training for your own self-development. This could include in-house training and e-learning, with minimal disruption to your work.
Here is a guide selection of suggested topic areas and training courses, among many others, that could be beneficial to your role: