What Are SMSTS Career Prospects Like?
Completing a Site Manager Safety Training Scheme is becoming increasingly important in the construction industry.
Health and safety is increasingly becoming seen as the yardstick by which successful construction companies are measured.
It is also an aspect of construction work seen as the difference between a good company and a great one.
It is therefore in the commercial interests of senior company figures to make sure they know as much about current health and safety legislation as possible to further reduce accidents.
For this reason, project managers, site managers and supervisors apply in their thousands each year for a place on an SMSTS course.
Those who are successful attend an intensive and interactive five day program and leave with a certificate and further accreditation of industry competence.
But what does this actually mean for your career, and any future work you may look to secure?
Approved/Accredited industry qualification
Firstly, the SMSTS course is listed in the Approved Code of Practice for the Construction Regulations – it is an accredited demonstration of the competence of a site manager’s health and safety.
The SMSTS is not only recognised by this institution, but by the following professional organisations:
- The Chartered Institute of Building. It is now compulsory for any candidates taking the Site Management Education and Training Scheme to first have the Construction Site Manager’s Safety Certificate.
- The Institute of Civil Engineers. The Technical and Professional categories of the Professional Review recognise the scheme.
- The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The SMSTS is recognised under this institutions Continuing Professional Development programme.
Before anything else is taken into consideration, it is solid evidence of the highest standards of health and safety.
Minimum Health and Safety threshold in today’s competitive job market
As of March 2013, SMSTS was mentioned in at least three quarters of site management job adverts on aggregator site www.careerstructure.com.
As a result, having an SMSTS is seen as a minimum health and safety threshold in the current day construction market for site manager positions. Increasingly, employers are looking for SMSTS, sometimes instead of a diploma.
You will then effectively need an SMSTS pass in the current climate and job market in order to progress into different jobs, making it a key component of career progression for supervisors and managers.
Foundation for qualification progression
Not only is the SMSTS a fundamental requirement for many job applications now, it also provides an excellent foundation for progression onto other courses and qualifications.
Industry professionals who obtain an SMSTS qualification often go on to further study and achieve awards such as the NEBOSH Construction Certificate.
The SMSTS is therefore an industry recognised training course, ideal for companies that need to meet the ever increasing call for health and safety compliance and evidence.
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