As a seasoned tradesperson, you may have heard of the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment (EWPA), also sometimes referred to as the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment Route (EWPAR), and wondered what it is, and how it could help to enhance your career.
The first thing to make clear about the EWPA is that it is not a training course. What it is instead, is a fast-track assessment route for workers in any of a number of trades wishing to achieve an NVQ Level 2 qualification, as they can do here at the YTA premises in West Yorkshire in just a day or two.
The EWPA plays a vital role in raising worker standards
The Experienced Worker Practical Assessment route was set up by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to give those who have been working in a certain trade for at least five years a quick, simple and convenient means of verifying that their skills and capabilities are of NVQ Level 2 standard. This is determined on the basis of their past experience.
As you might expect, the CITB wishes to ensure that everyone working in the construction sector is capable of meeting certain standards in the work they do. This was precisely why the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) was introduced in the first place.
However, there are still tens of thousands of tradespersons working in the UK who are frequently carrying out great work, but who haven’t had their skills formally assessed. This is where the simple, fuss-free assessment route that is the EWPA proves invaluable.
For which trades do we offer EWPA routes?
If, from reading the above, you suspect you could benefit from undergoing the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment process to acquire your NVQ Level 2 qualifications, you may be pleased to learn that we offer this route for the four trades of wall and floor tiling, bricklaying, site carpentry and plastering.
With an NVQ Level 2 certificate or diploma acquired through the EWPA route also enabling you to attain the blue skilled worker CSCS card that will help you to gain construction site work, the one or two days for which you join us at our assessment centre could prove extremely well-spent for your career going forward.
Simply give the YTA team a call today, on 01274 682199, to have all of your questions answered about the Experienced Worker Practical Assessment, so that you can ascertain its applicability and suitability for you – as well as, of course, make your booking.