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New Qualification Route for Metal Decking

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The UK Metal Decking Association (the single largest UK based specialist trade body for the Metal Decking and Studwelding industry) has teamed up with Training Qualifications UK to resolve a major problem that has faced the metal decking industry for a number of years.

Formed of the leading companies in the composite metal flooring and studwelding industry, UKMDA has worked with TQUK to develop a new robust and regulated qualification in Metal Decking and Studwelding which will help many skilled tradesmen to continue working on construction sites throughout the UK.

NVQ qualifications have now become a core stipulation for all skilled workers looking to ply their trade in a building and construction environment with metal decking being no different. They are also a pre-requisite in obtaining a trade-specific CSCS Card.

In terms of acquiring the correct metal decking and/or studwelding credentials to work on a construction or building site moving forward, you can undertake UKMDA Core Training, register for the NVQ and obtain a Trainee CSCS Card whilst you progress your NVQ, on completion of which you will be able to apply for a skilled CSCS card for Metal Decking Installer and/or Stud Welder.

More on the NVQ qualification with TQUK

TQUK Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Metal Decking and Stud Welding Occupations (Construction) (RQF)

The qualification comprises of several mandatory units including the preparing and operating of powered units, tools or pedestrian plant, machinery or equipment in the workplace and the safe handling, moving and storing of resources in the workplace.

And in addition to those, there are separate pathways aimed specifically at metal decking installation and stud welder operations. TQUK Managing Director Andrew Walker said: “We’re extremely pleased to assist the UKMDA in providing them with a qualification which the industry has been asking for.’

‘With NVQ qualifications becoming a core component for skilled workers, we’ve developed a wide range of Building and Construction vocational qualifications which we hope will help tradesmen in their pursuit of a career within the construction industry.’  

On working with TQUK, Tony Seddon, Company Secretary for the UK Metal Decking Association said: “ TQUK’s no nonsense approach to moving the qualification forward has been refreshing. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them”

On what the qualification means to the UKMDA Tony said: “The metal decking and studwelding industry has been without a robust qualification route for several years. The NVQ will lead to a qualification at a nationally recognised level, which means the industry can finally move forward in qualifying the workforce. The UKMDA is delighted to have been part of this process and I am personally pleased to have seen the industry pull together for the common good.”

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