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Skills and Training Fund

We all know how important Training is for companies of all sizes.  If you’re a small business struggling to allocate funding resources to your training, there are solutions available such as the CITB Skills and Training Fund. CITB have an £8 million Skills & Training Fund (STF) available to provide assistance specifically for micro and small construction companies to develop a stronger skills base.

The STF can only be used for training and pays

  • £5000 (0-49 employees)
  • £7500 (50-74 employees)
  • £10,000 (75-100 employees)

CITB registered employers can apply for funding every year, with the funding year running from 1 April to 31 March.

Courses Supported

The fund supports all construction related training courses which last less than one year. Many of the short courses in our portfolio are suitable, including PASMA, SMSTS, SSSTS and MEWPS. All construction related NVQs at all levels are also suitable. You can find the list of NVQs and short courses we offer here.

Geason can help you find the right training courses for your business. We listen to what you want and when you want it and only then start to work with you to design the programme you need. We can help you to utilise funding opportunities available by discussing the right course for you and guide you through the funding process.

Get in touch today.

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Gear up for CSCS card changes with training

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has been on a mission to ensure the industry is 100 per cent qualified rather than 100 per cent carded.  This means that Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will stop issuing the site visitor card from 28th February 2020. 

All construction site visitor cards issued from 3rd September 2018 will expire on 31st August 2020 and are non-renewable. 
All construction site visitor cards issued before 3rd September will remain valid until their expiry date.

Due to these changes all visitor card holders must take the necessary steps to replace their cards with a card that matches their job role, level of experience and qualification. 

Whether you are focused on a specific field, a more general approach in construction, gaining or upgrading a CSCS card, we are here to help.

Our highly skilled and experienced trainers deliver and assess NVQs for many of the leading employers in the construction industry. We will conduct training either in the workplace or at one of our training centres. Our key strength is the flexibility that ensures we work with both employers and learners to find the correct balance of training to suit both parties.

We can deliver NVQs in the following trades:

  • General Construction
  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Passive Fire Protection
  • Decorative Finishing
  • Dry Lining Fixing
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Site Logistics
  • Cladding Occupations
  • Site Supervision

For more information, contact us to discuss your requirements today.
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Geason learner wins top prize for the second year in a row!

‘2019 Berkeley Group Apprentice Awards’ – by Howard Shipp.

“I recently attended the 2019 Berkeley Group Apprentice Award’s at the Bridge Theatre in London. This was a very special celebration of an Apprentice’s success, and guess who walked away with the top prize, for the 2nd year running? Ruby Lee, a Geason Training Level 4 Apprenticeship in Construction Site Supervision learner who won the Berkeley Group Apprentice Award for Best Overall Apprentice for 2018 and 2019. A tremendous achievement from Ruby supported by Geason Training.”

Following a successful work experience placement with Berkeley Homes on the site management team, Ruby was offered the opportunity to join the team in an apprentice capacity after successfully completing her A-Levels. Level 4 HNC in Site Supervision was deemed an ideal apprenticeship to provide Ruby with the knowledge needed to start her career in the construction industry.

Ruby  had considered studying architecture at university once she had completed her A-Levels. However, she changed her mind and decided the apprenticeship route was for her after completing a work experience placement onsite.

When her apprenticeship is complete, Ruby is looking to undertake further qualifications and possibly another apprenticeship to extend her knowledge of site operations and management. She is also keen to gain more site engineering knowledge. 

Reflecting on her learning experience with Geason, Ruby said:
“Howard, my trainer at Geason Training has been fantastic throughout my apprenticeship so far. Howard has always been on hand to guide and support me in my learning journey. “

The award for the Berkeley Division with the Biggest Impact went to Berkeley Southern, the first time Berkeley Southern has won this award. This is a division of the Berkeley Group that Geason Training also work with.

Why functional skills are essential

What are functional skills?

Functional skills are an alternative way for those learners who did not gain their GSCE to obtain the UK standards for English, maths and ICT. The UK Government developed functional skills as part of an initiative to improve the country’s literacy and mathematics standards.

Why are functional skills vital to you?

There are a few reasons why functional skills will be vital for you, and it is not just because they are a requirement for your course.

  1. When applying for most jobs, the employer will ask for a “C” or equivalent in English or maths.
  2. Having functional skills may also be important in the latter part of your career; people who do not have GCSEs/ functional skills may find it difficult to move to a different role.
  3. Confidence. The learners we work with come into these sessions with low confidence levels from school. It does not take long before they are feeling pleased with their progression.

What do you need to do to complete functional skills?

The answer depends on you; every learner may be different, and functional skills are designed to fit your needs. If you have already obtained a GCSE or equivalent, you may only need to do part of the functional skills requirement.

If you are required to attain the English qualification, you will need to complete a reading exam, a writing exam and a speaking and listening assessment. Maths and ICT have one exam each.

What are the first steps to completing the functional skills?

You will complete an initial assessment for English and maths. The results of this assessment help us to identify your strengths and weaknesses and design a functional skills session which suits your needs. It also gives us a starting point. If we don’t know where you are at present, we won’t see what you need to learn. During your next steps, your functional skills tutor will contact you to arrange sessions.

How long will functional skills training take?

The timings may differ from one learner to another. However, your functional skills tutor will be able to give you a clearer picture once you have completed a session with them.

Mike Garrett from A&M Swindon has shared his experience of learning functional skills with us:

“To be honest, I hated maths and my English was not up to scratch, though I was more confident with English. I had no confidence in maths whatsoever. During my school days, we were never taught things like this. I have learned more in this course than I did at school. At school I felt that things were not explained in a way that I could understand, and there was no attempt to explain it in a way that was right for me. Don’t get me wrong, there were still things in the functional skills sessions that I did not get straight away, but they were explained in different ways until we found a way that works for me.
Now that I have completed and passed my functional skills, I am even more confident with English and my maths, to the point where I have the confidence to support my young nephew. There was no chance I would have put myself forward for this before these sessions.

Learner Success Story – Oliver Hume

Sixteen months ago, Oliver Hume began studying his Level 3 Assistant Accountant qualification with us. Prior to his learning journey, Oliver had never worked in an office or a role that required the professionalism of an Assistant Accountant.

Oliver’s first few weeks were a challenge as he had to adapt to a new way of working as well as presenting himself in a professional manner. In addition to this, for the most part the qualification consisted of work that was brand new to him. This required hard work and perseverance to be successful and learn new skills and apply them to his role. He has matured, become more responsible and even more determined to become a success in the future.

The development of Oliver’s skills in his workplace have been enhanced and supported by his studies. The content was often challenging, especially on new topics, but Oliver’s motivation and drive to become successful and progress has helped him to achieve a well deserved Distinction in both his qualification and apprenticeship. He has gone from being a young man mastering turning up to work on time, dressed appropriately, to a valued member of the accounting team at Gleeson Homes.

Since completing his qualification with Geason Training, Oliver has continued his accountancy studies and is due to begin a new role with his employer as a Trainee Assistant Management Accountant.

Oliver said:

My learning experience has been great which is reflected in my grade. Whenever I needed help or a further explanation my tutor was helpful and approachable. I have learned how to handle problems more maturely, consider options before reaching a conclusion and have become a better learner overall.