Free to eligible candidates

Heritage Plastering NVQ3 Specialist Applied Skills Programme

Tywi Centre

April 2019 (date TBC)

What qualification will I achieve?

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Heritage Skills (Construction)- Plastering (Solid) QUD870

Following this you will be eligible to apply for a CSCS Heritage Gold Card.

How long is the course?

The course is made of 2 parts- Training and Assessment.

The Training is 20 days

The Assessment is carried out over 18 months whilst the candidate is working at their regular place of work.

The assessor will visit up to 5 times, usually for no more than a couple of hours to complete the portfolio of work.

What are the taught elements of the SAP

The following modules will be taught as part of the off-site training:

  • Induction to NVQ Diploma
  • Conservation principles, statutory consent and controls
  • Selection and mixing of materials for interior and exterior works
  • Production of solid plastered surfaces
  • Conservation of solid plastered surfaces
  • Selection and mixing of materials for fibrous plasterwork
  • Production of fibrous plasterwork
  • Installation of fibrous plasterwork
  • Conservation of fibrous plasterwork

How much will it cost and how much grant can I claim from CITB?

Funding for the SAP is provided by CITB for eligible candidates. The full cost of the training and assessment (£3,998) is covered by this fund.

The payment is made directly to the Training Provider so you will not need to complete any grant or funding application forms.

In addition, as a CITB registered employer, you will be eligible to claim short duration course grants (a maximum of £620 if all of the taught elements are attended) and a completion grant of £600 on successful completion of the qualification.

Who is eligible to benefit from this training?

To be eligible the candidate:

  • must have a full time contract of employment with a CITB registered company (funding is not available to sub contract labour).
  • must not have previously attended a Level 3 CITB grant assisted apprenticeship programme.
  • must have at least a Level 2 qualification in chosen craft or related discipline with some exposure to the Heritage environment, or have an equivalent amount of on-site experience. 

Where will the training be carried out?

The training will be based in Llandeilo, either at or near the Tywi Centre.  Theoretical training and workshop based activities will take place in the Tywi Centre Workshops at Dinefwr Home Farm, Llandeilo SA19 6RT.  Small training projects may be undertaken in the locality at venues such as the National Botanic Gardens in Wales or at National Trust properties.

Where will the candidate get their work experience?

The candidate's employer must have access to Heritage sites to enable trainees to hone their skills gained during their training, plus to have adequate number of assessment opportunities in order to achieve their NVQ3. 

Where can candidates stay whilst on the training programme?

There is plenty of hostel, hotel and B&B accommodation in Llandeilo.  A list of accommodation is available on request.

When an assessor comes on site, what do they do?

At the beginning of the SAP an assessor will carry out a detailed candidate interview in order to develop a profile of the candidate’s skills, and areas where training and additional support will be required. 

Following this, the assessor will visit the candidate at their place of work to gain evidence of achievement, either through observation and/or a mixture of questioning and previous work records for each of the NVQ modules. 

The assessor will be looking for evidence of a candidate’s own work, and that it has been carried out to the appropriate standard.

For more information contact the Tywi Centre