Pye Tait has recently completed extensive research evaluating the effectiveness of the various routes to competence available to site-based workers in construction (including supervisors and site managers).
The key research questions were whether current routes to competence – qualifications (both work-based and college-based), short courses, safety passports, competent person development, card schemes, as well as on-the-job mentoring and general experience – are adequate for the sector, and whether our understanding of what makes a construction worker “competent”, in the deepest health & safety sense, remains sufficiently robust for current-day needs.
Competence is evidenced directly by competence-based qualifications or indirectly by a plethora of card and passport schemes.
The research highlights other safety-critical industries that require ‘job competence’, enhanced health & safety awareness, and, critically, ‘human factors’. It concludes that the industry’s current understanding of “competence” may warrant extension to develop an ‘industry-specific’ definition and broadening to encompass both situational awareness and the sustaining of appropriate behaviours.
The level of subject knowledge and professional approach by the Pye-Tait staff has been first class, from a business point of view the work carried will pay for itself tenfold in the first year.