Qualifications To Look For In Paving Contractors

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When you hire a paving contractor, you want to make sure that you find the right person for the job. Unfortunately, finding trustworthy contractors for any sort of labour can be a difficult experience. While there are a number of factors that should affect your decision regarding who you hire to do your paving and driveways Nottingham way, you should find out about a potential contractor’s qualifications first.

But what are the types of qualifications to look out for when it comes to a contractor providing the likes of concrete driveways Nottingham way? Well, one of the first things to look out for is the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). This is the UK’s top certification scheme for workers within the whole construction industry. The CSCS runs a database keeping track of all construction workers (contractors or otherwise) in the UK and their qualifications. To be a part of the scheme, contractors need to be able to prove that they do hold the relevant qualifications in their field. The CSCS is not a legal requirement and is entirely voluntary. So if you are looking to hire a paving North East contractor for your job, make sure to ask them if they have a CSCS card. As this scheme is voluntary and the database contains a contractor’s qualifications, the fact that a contractor is signed up to the scheme is a very good sign. It displays a level of honesty and transparency that you won’t get from any ‘cowboy builders’ or, in this case, ‘cowboy pavers’.  Paving contractors signed up to the CSCS are likely to have passed NVQ courses on pavement construction and groundwork.

Another key scheme to look out for that any construction worker should be signed up to is the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The CITB is a non-departmental public body which is sponsored by the UK government’s Department for Education. It mainly works with construction companies to boost the skillsets of employees. One aspect of its work is to run the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS). This compliance organisation works hard to improve health and safety standards across the construction industry, as well as ensuring that workers receive training in order to understand any environmental issues surrounding their work. So, again, look for this when you are considering which paving and driveways Nottingham company to choose for your job. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask your potential contractor to see qualifications or proof of any membership with schemes and industries bodies. A good contractor constructing driveways and installing block paving North East way will have no problem with showing you this proof; whereas a not so trustworthy contractor will make excuses. Take this type of behaviour as a warning sign.

So, as you can see, with a bit of simple investigatory work, it is easy to tell the genuine paving and driveways Nottingham based companies from the not-so genuine contractors. Always do some basic research and ask the right questions to ensure that your paving contractor is genuine.

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