Achievement of a Blue CSCS Card or a Gold CSCS Card is evidence that you possess much higher levels of skill and experience in your chosen UK construction trade. The employers and UK sites you will be working for and on give more interesting and better paid work to the workers who have Blue CSCS Cards and Gold CSCS Cards. A Gold CSCS Card can qualify you to be a Supervisor in certain trades and jobs.
In general terms, rising through the colours in the CSCS Cards opens more employment opportunities to you.
You get a broader construction canvas to work on and develop qualifications and skills that may also stand you in good stead for going down the self employed route.
How Do Blue and Gold CSCS Cards Help Me Become Self Employed?
The Construction NVQ teaches you to do more than just use your tools and work safely in your environment. When you achieve a Construction NVQ Level 2, which entitles you to the Blue CSCS Card, you’ll be in a position to perform most routine work in your trade to a standard of high customer satisfaction. You’ll also have learned some customer relations skills and have started to explore the theoretical practicalities of setting up your own business.
Once you have achieved a Construction NVQ Level 3 and the CSCS Gold Card you will have learned a lot more about running a business, including how to take on staff and what laws you need to comply with in order to treat them properly. The Gold CSCS Card does more than just prove to employers and site owners that you know what you are doing: it’s measurable evidence to you, that you have the experience and theory to go out and work on your own.
What Opportunities do the Coloured CSCS Cards Give Me?
Blue CSCS Cards show your employer that you are a highly skilled worker with a notable degree of competence and experience. The opportunities the Blue CSCS Card afford you are all about getting more work, more regularly – and of having the edge over other candidates in the running for similar positions. Where you have your Blue CSCS Card and they don’t, you’re more likely to get the work.
The Gold CSCS Card gives you the possibility of construction employment with a degree of responsibility. While the Blue CSCS Card is more about making your skills and qualifications official, the Gold CSCS Card sets you apart from the majority of skilled workers in the industry. A Gold CSCS Card holder is extremely highly skilled, has a respectable number of on the job years behind him or her, and is potential management material.
Making the Best Use of Your CSCS Cards
Use your CSCS Cards to track your own progress, as well as to give evidence of your skills and competence to others. The potential of the Blue CSCS Card and Gold CSCS Card to track your suitability for starting your own business are an ideal case in point.
If you are looking to go self employed, the CSCS Card offers you a perfect bench mark for your own quality of work.