First NVQ passes for finishing firm’s employees

FINISHING and repair firm Plastic Surgeon has seen its first employees pass the requirements of its newly introduced NVQ scheme.

The company introduced the course at the end of 2017, which sees its repair specialists benefit from a fully accredited qualification by gaining a Level 2 NVQ in surface repair.

In the time since the course was introduced, 22 of Plastic Surgeon’s finishers have achieved their NVQ qualification in the first round of inductees.

80 of Plastic Surgeon’s current finishers were initially enrolled in the scheme, with a further 100 to join them in the coming months. New recruits will also benefit, the company said, and will attain the qualification as part of their initial job training.

Claire McMullen, who has been with the company for 14 years as a surface repair specialist, commented on the course, “While I was confident in my repair capabilities, being observed by course assessors certainly meant the pressure was on!

“Having done the job for many years, the practicalities of repair come naturally, but it was certainly good to brush up on my skills, while having the relevant NVQ qualification for my trade will prove invaluable when it comes to demonstrating our capabilities on site.”

Plastic Surgeon said the qualification helps the company develop and promote the skills of its staff, while also ensuring strict compliance with the latest requirements for securing a CSCS card.

Gary Danson, operations director at Plastic Surgeon commented, “We developed a specifically deigned NVQ programme, which covers in depth repair skills and the requisite knowledge to rectify complex damage to a range of surfaces.

“Claire is a great example of how we see the course benefitting our finishers. As one of our most experienced employees, Claire’s ability as a repair specialist was never in doubt, but she can now benefit from official recognition and an industry standard qualification.”

He added, “As the first in the industry to provide the qualification, we’ve helped to enhance our standing as an employer, while also improving recognition for Plastic Surgeon across the wider industry. We’re delighted that the first of our finishers have already completed the course requirements, and we’re looking forward to the next phase of learners engaging with the process.”