Experienced Worker Programme

You or your staff can now be recognised for your skills, competence and years of experience through BESA Academy's Experienced Worker Programme, also known as the Mature Candidate Assessment

Have you, or your staff, been working in the building engineering services (BSE) sector for five or more years but have no formal industry qualifications to recognise your skills and experience?

Do you need to apply for an Engineering Services SKILLcard but don't have the relevant qualifications?

Would you like to update your skillset?

As an employer, would you like to upskill your workforce?

If you have answered yes to at least one of the above, then this programme could be for you.

 

WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCED WORKER PROGRAMME?

The Experienced Worker Programme or Mature Candidate Assessment provides recognition of competence for experienced workers who have been working within building services for 5+ years but don't hold an industry-recognised qualification.  

Eligible experienced workers have the opportunity to gain an Engineering Services SKILLcard (affiliated with the CSCS Skilled Worker Card) by demonstrating they have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience using a work-based portfolio assessment process to achieve the specified unit(s), without having to undertake college-based examinations. Once registered, you can apply for an Experienced Worker SKILLcard, after you have met the health and safety requirements.

WHO CAN TAKE PART IN THE EXPERIENCED WORKER PROGRAMME?

You must have been operating in the building services industry at Level 2 or Level 3 

You must be working in the following occupations  - heating and ventilation, pipefitting or service and maintenance 

You must have at least five years experience in one of the above occupations 

If you would like to discuss what options are available to you please contact us on 0800 917 8419 or email academy@thebesa.com.

EXPERIENCED WORKER FAQS

WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE EXPERIENCED WORKER PROGRAMME?

The Experienced Worker Programme costs £2250+VAT, with a £500+VAT deposit taken from the total amount, this is asked to be paid within the first two weeks of the month, before the assessor contacts you. Payment instalments can be arranged every month to split the costs.

HOW DO THE ASSESSMENTS WORK FOR THE EXPERIENCED WORKER PROGRAMME?

The Mature Candidate Assessments have all been developed to be taken remotely - the assessors have a lot of experience and have adapted their previous assessments so we can still deliver them during lockdowns/local lockdowns.

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE EXPERIENCED WORKER COURSE?

The programme on average can take 12 months, but there is an option for ‘fast track’ in six months. The fast track option is only available after the assessor has agreed to it, and the individual agrees to get the portfolio submitted on time and to a good standard. The length is entirely dependent on your commitment to getting the work submitted and working alongside the assessors.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE EXPERIENCED WORKER QUALIFICATION?

You will be assessed through portfolio and evidence-based work, which you will show and work along with an assessor. There is no exam.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE EXPERIENCED WORKER PROGRAMME

What to expect from the course

 

APPLYING FOR A SKILLCARD?

Whilst you are on the course you can apply for a Blue Experienced Worker SKILLcard. This experience card is valid for three years and then can be upgraded once the course has been completed to a Blue (Level 2) Skilled Worker SKILLcard (valid for five years) or a Gold (Level 3) Advanced Craft SKILLcard (valid for five years). The colour and title of the SKILLcard is dependent on the level of qualification that has been completed. Some construction site require you to hold a valid SKILLcard to enable you to carry out work there.

SKILLcards all require a health and safety certificate being achieved within the past two years. BESA Academy also offers the H&SE course/test.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE EXPERIENCED WORKER PROGRAMME?

  1. Download and complete the application form here and email to academy@thebesa.com
  2. Our team will give you a call to discuss your application and the programme. Once a start date has been agreed and the deposit paid, your details are passed onto the assessor to make the initial induction
  3. You are now officially enrolled onto the programme and can apply for the Experienced Worker SKILLcard separately
  4. As part of the qualification, you will need to complete a portfolio of evidence from your workplace, working alongside the assessor who will be guiding you throughout - your portfolio submission is sent for IQA
  5. You will need to complete either one or two NVQ unit/s in your chosen discipline (this will depend on the level and qualification you have chosen)