Unlocking Mental Wellness: What to Expect from Our Level 3 Mental Health First Aid Courses

What to expect from our Level 3 Mental Health First Aid Courses

In today’s fast-paced world, mental health awareness has become more critical than ever. As society embraces the significance of mental well-being, CDC Group steps forward to equip individuals with the tools and knowledge needed to support themselves and others effectively.

When choosing to train with us, candidates take control of their learning and bring meaningful contributions from their personal and professional experiences which leads to a greater understanding of the world around them. Therefore the mental health sessions are always bespoke and tailored around their experiences.

Our Qualsafe Level 3 Mental Health First Aid Courses are meticulously designed to empower participants with invaluable insights and skills, fostering a culture of compassion and understanding. Here’s a glimpse into what you can anticipate from our transformative Level 3 Mental Health First Aid Courses:

Interactive Learning Experience

At CDC, we believe in the power of interactive learning. Our Level 3 Mental Health First Aid Courses blend theoretical knowledge with practical exercises and engaging discussions. Participants actively participate in role-plays, case studies, and group activities, honing their skills in real-life scenarios.

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Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Beyond crisis intervention, our courses emphasise a holistic approach to mental health wellness. Participants learn about self-care strategies, stress management techniques, and the importance of fostering a supportive work environment. By nurturing their own well-being, they become better equipped to support others effectively.

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Enhanced Confidence

Attending a mental health first aid course with CDC, it can help boost your confidence in addressing any mental health issues. Participants learn to approach sensitive conversations with empathy and non-judgment, knowing they have the knowledge and skills to offer appropriate support and guidance from our expert team of Trainers.

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Personal Growth

Beyond acquiring practical skills, attending a mental health first aid course fosters personal growth and self-awareness. Participants gain a deeper understanding of their own mental health and learn self-care strategies to maintain their well-being while supporting others.

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Private, Fun & Extremely Pleasant Environment to Learn & Grow

Here at CDC, we pride ourselves with providing you access to the best of facilities. From disabled access, to modern classrooms and toilet facilities, to free coffee and parking. Find out more by contacting us today.

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Community Impact

Our Mental Health First Aid Courses empower individuals to make a meaningful difference in their communities. Whether in schools, workplaces, or local communities, trained mental health first aiders play a vital role in promoting mental wellness and supporting those in need.

At CDC Group, our Level 3 Mental Health First Aid Courses are more than just running training sessions—they’re transformative experiences that empower individuals to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. From comprehensive curriculum to accredited instructors and ongoing support, we’re committed to equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to promote mental health wellness in your personal and professional life.

Join us on today on this journey towards a mentally healthier future.

Find out more or book your next training adventure with us today or find out more about our range of Construction Training Courses we offer via our Live Training Calendar at https://cdc.org.uk/training

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Building a Stronger Future: Leading Training Providers

Building a Stronger Future: Leading Training Providers

The UK’s construction industry is booming, with an increasing demand for skilled professionals than never. However, with this growth comes a need for highly trained and competent workers who can ensure the safety and quality of our buildings and infrastructure.

That’s where CDC Group comes in. We offer a wide range of on-site and off-site courses & training programmes to help individuals achieve the skills and knowledge they need to excel in the built environment. From basic Level 1 in H&S courses for Green Labourers’ CSCS Card, to highly specialised courses in areas such as gas engineering, plumbing or working at height, our courses are designed to meet the needs of both experienced workers and employers across the industry.

But Who Are We?

CDC Group is a multi-accredited training centre, founded in 2015 by Andrei Muntean, BSc (Hons), MCIOB, which is recognised for quality and affordability in construction training. By supporting not only the most important Tier 1 construction names in the UK, our brand is now one of the most important names in the UK’s construction training industry, built over 8 years of providing state-of-the-art courses to over 30,000 individuals to date.

All our approved NVQ programmes and courses are accredited and recognised by over 10 different Awarding Organisations, such as City & Guilds, EAL, IPAF, PASMA, NICEIC Certification, Gas Safe, ProQual, Pearson, CITB and Qualsafe. We deliver a wide-range of Working at Height, Construction, Health & Safety, Plumbing, Gas and CSCS Courses.

Find out more about the us by clicking here.

Adaptability & Flexibility

But training isn’t just about acquiring new skills. It’s also about staying up to date with the industry, latest technologies and innovation. Training it’s about ensuring that workers are best equipped with current and relevant knowledge which meets the ever-changing demands of our industry. With our state-of-the-art training facilities in Hemel Hempstead and highly experienced and qualified Instructors, Trainers & NVQ Assessors, we provide the hands-on, practical training that is vital for success in today’s construction industry.

Here at CDC Group, we believe that adaptability and flexibility are key. It’s simple: we adapt and we’re flexible to suit your requirements. Our comprehensive solutions of delivering training can include:

  • Delivering our courses to our premises
  • Delivering our courses to your premises, or on your live construction site
  • Delivering our courses entirely remotely, online
  • Hybrid delivery of our courses (theory part of our course completed online in advance, practical at our training centre)
  • Mobile delivery of our courses (we arrange for our training to be delivered at your premises, with our own equipment)

But we don’t just stop at training. By choosing to work with CDC Group, we offer a range of support services, such as job placement and mentoring, to help our candidates to succeed in their chosen careers.

Contact Us Today

So why wait? Invest in yourself and your future by enrolling on one of our training courses or NVQ programmes today. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, we have something for everyone. We’re here to assist in any way we can – give our friendly Customer Services Team a call today on 020 8191 9090 or drop us an email via info@cdc.org.uk we we will look forward to training you!

With CDC Group, you’ll be on your way to building a stronger future for yourself and the UK.

Find out more or book your next training adventure with us today or find out more about our range of Construction Training Courses we offer via our Live Training Calendar at https://cdc.org.uk/training

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Fast-track Route to MCIOB with our NVQ Level 7 Course

Fast-track Route to MCIOB with our NVQ Level 7 Course

Introducing our Fast-Track Route to MCIOB with our NVQ Level 7 Diploma in Construction Senior Management Course! Take the opportunity to become a CIOB Member via the shortened route by achieving your NVQ Level 7 with CDC Group today.

You’ll be assessed by our expert team of NVQ Assessors (MCIOB or FCIOB) so you can use your qualification to get you Chartered.

How does it work?

This course is aimed at experienced Construction Project Managers, Company Directors, or Senior Site Managers with experience in construction industry.  The whole programme will be delivered in a form of on-site and online assessments of your expertise.

Find out more about the Course Details by clicking here.

What is CIOB?

CIOB stands for the Chartered Institute of Building, a worldwide professional association which exists to promote and advance for the public benefit the science and practice of building and construction. It’s the ‘stop’ place for all managers and leaders in construction.

The CIOB is the most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, with around 50,000 members in more than 100 countries. Chartered Membership is comparable to a Bachelor’s degree and is recognised internationally. It brings many benefits, including the right to use MCIOB as a post nominal designation.

As a Chartered Member, your dedication to the industry, as well as your capabilities and experience can clearly be recognised by others.

Potential applicants for CIOB Membership will have to undertake a robust Professional Review process of their experience and expertise in construction management, through different several routes available. Levels of Membership include:

  • Applicant Member – ACIOB
  • Chartered Member – MCIOB
  • Fellow Member – FCIOB

What are the benefits?

Joining CIOB will boost your career. Chartered Membership gives you the right to add MCIOB after your name, which is respected by employers and organisations worldwide. You’ll be able to call yourself either a Chartered Construction Manager or Chartered Builder. And by doing so, clients and colleagues will know your dedication to our industry and recognise that your skills meet the highest international standards.

Not only that, but you will gain access to a range of services and benefits from the CIOB, that will support you.

Major Tier 1 Employers are looking for on the lookout for expert personnel all the time. Becoming MCIOB will boost your career and enhance your employability to such Employers – not only that, but you can take pride in your work and network with some 50,000 members across the world in the global construction industry.

Why CDC?

We pride ourselves on having highly ethical values by hiring the best industry professionals when assessing our accredited NVQs.

As a prospective NVQ Level 7 delegate with us, you will be assessed by a F/MCIOB NVQ Assessor, meaning that you can use your qualification to apply for your MCIOB via the shortened Professional Review. Despite other providers offering the same NVQ Level 7 qualifications, we are within very few Training Companies in the UK to employ NVQ Assessors which are also MCIOB or FCIOB with the Institute.

Please note that you won’t be able to use your NVQ Level 7 qualifications for using the CIOB shortened Professional Review if your Assessor is not at least MCIOB.

Fast-Track Route to MCIOB with our NVQ Level 7 Additional Information

Is the information about our Fast-track Route to MCIOB with our NVQ Level 7 Course not sufficient?

Find out more or Book your next training adventure with us today or find out more about our range of Construction Training Courses we offer via our Live Training Calendar at https://cdc.org.uk/training

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How to Become a Plumber in the UK | FREE Guide

How to Become a Plumber in the UK. Where do I start if I want to become a Plumber?

There is no doubt this is ne of the most commonly asked questions. Considering a career in Plumbing could be highly rewarding, especially considering that the job demand remains consistently high and there are plenty of progression opportunities which can enhance earning potential with the right training and experience.

Plumbing is a trade for individuals which enjoy problem-solving and challenging themselves at work but also looking with an element of creativity which is often required on more complex tasks.

Why is Plumbing a good career?

In short: there are fewer young plumbers and there is limited availability of training. The average salary for a Plumbers in the UK currently stands at approximately £35,000.00 per annum, according to Reed – which is well above the UK’s average full-time salary which is around at £31,461.00.

Qualified Plumbers are often able to take advantage of the on-going skill shortages and earn premium rates due to their services being in such high demand.

Like most trades, earning potential can significantly increase with the very achievable possibility of setting up your own Plumbing business, once qualified and experienced.

You can start by browsing a wide range of Plumbing accredited training courses offered by CDC Group by clicking here.

What does a Plumber do?

Plumbers are primarily responsible of installing, repairing and maintaining water supplies, heating systems, sanitation units and other related fixtures in both residential/domestic and commercial settings. They may also assess, design and produce plumbing systems in order to ensure they follow all codes and regulations. Plumbers typically work alone and may travel long or short distances on a regular basis to complete their tasks.

They also install toilets, sinks, bath tubs, radiators, central heating systems, towel rails and other related appliances. Tips on starting a successful career can vary from opening your own business after you’ve completed your training and gained some experience, to make connections in the industry, maintaining your knowledge on regulation changes and prioritise safety. You can also considering in further enhancing your knowledge by becoming a qualified Gas Safe Engineer.

Fast-Track Plumbing Courses

Once you’ve got the grips with the basics, you can being to seek professional recognition. So how can you start your journey to becoming a Plumber?

  1. Our City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate is an essential formal trade qualification and the perfect starting point for anyone looking to begin their career as a professional Plumber.
  2. As soon as you’ve completed your Level 2 Technical Certificate at our purpose-built Plumbing & Heating Training Centre in Hemel Hempstead, you can then look into a variety of options available, including considering an Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing & Heating full qualification with us.
  3. Excellent add-ons to your training can include Water Regulations Courses and Unvented Hot Water Systems Courses, all available with CDC Group.

Progression Opportunities

Once you’ve qualified as a Plumber and gained some experience in the trade, you can consider registering for our full-time Manage Learning Programme (MLP) and start your journey towards your ACS Assessment to become a certified Gas Safe Engineer for Domestic Natural Gas.

Doing a Gas Safety Training Course and becoming a member of the Gas Safe Register is a common progression route taken by plumbers, as it will significantly increase your earnings and scope of work and you are essentially legally able to carry out gas works.

Need a little more information about How to Become a Plumber in the UK? Call our specialist customer service advisors for a friendly chat on 020 8191 9090 or request a brochure, or even visit us in the training centre for a chat.

Book your next training adventure with us today or find out more about our range of Plumbing & Gas Training Courses we offer via our Live Training Calendar at https://cdc.org.uk/training

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Introducing IPAF eLearning Courses

Introducing IPAF eLearning Courses eLearning training programmes for Operators & Managers, here at CDC.

As an IPAF Approved Training Centre, we have been working hard to find alternatives to traditional face to face training, but still to provide you with high-quality engagement as part of the delivery of our courses.

Benefits of IPAF eLearning with CDC:

  • Flexible
  • Trainees complete the theory part anytime, anywhere, at their own pace, on their own devices
  • Highly Interactive
  • Engages trainees with games, quizzes, videos and simulations

IPAF’s eLearning Courses provides a flexible and enhanced online learning experience for mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) Operators and Managers training programmes. It provides the same high-quality theory training as you would receive in our classrooms and can be completed on your own device, anytime, at your own pace.

The course is suitable for all abilities, from those no prior knowledge or experience through to operators seeking to renew their PAL Cards or to qualify to operate other categories of MEWPs.

MEWP Operator eLearning 

IPAF eLearning Courses for MEWP operators is available for all MEWP categories (1a, 1b, 3a, 3b) and takes from around three hours to complete, depending on your level of MEWP knowledge. The eLearning module is divided into manageable sections that you can complete at your own pace. You can save and resume your training at any time.

MEWP operator eLearning does not replace practical training. Upon completion of your eLearning pre-theory test, you must pass a supervised theory test at our IPAF Approved Training Centre, in Hemel Hempstead.

You must also successfully complete a minimum of a half-day of practical training and testing before you are issued with a PAL Card as proof of your qualification of IPAF operator training.

IPAF MEWP Operator eLearning is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

How to start your eLearning training:

  1. Contact us to register for IPAF MEWP Operator eLearning training.
  2. We will send you an email inviting you to begin your eLearning module.
  3. At the end of your eLearning module, you will need to complete an online pre-theory test.
  4. Once you have passed your pre-theory online test via eLearning, contact us again and schedule your theory test, practical training and assessment which will take place in person at our training centre.*

* Due to the coronavirus crisis, you now have up to 90 days (usually 45 days). From the date of completion of your pre-theory eLearning test to attend our training centre in order to take your supervised theory test and practical training and assessment modules. 

This timeframe will be monitored by IPAF in line with latest developments.

MEWPs for Managers eLearning Course

IPAF eLearning MEWPs for Managers training course covers what managers need to know for safe and effective use of MEWPs on site. This includes planning the job, conducting a risk assessment, selecting the right equipment for optimum cost-efficiency and mitigating all possible risks.

The course is suitable for all abilities and is open to those with no prior knowledge through to those who are very experienced.

This course is designed to be solely completed using our eLearning facility on your laptop, PC or tablet device. You should expect the course to take from around six to eight hours to complete, depending on your starting level of knowledge and experience. The course is divided into manageable sections that you can complete at your own pace. You can save and resume your training at any time.

How to start your eLearning training:

  1. Contact us to register for the IPAF MEWPs for Managers eLearning training course.
  2. We will send you an email inviting you to begin your eLearning training.
  3. At the end of your eLearning training, you will need to complete an online test.
  4. Once you have passed your online test, contact us again to apply for your IPAF MEWPs for Managers certificate.

Important: IPAF MEWPs for Managers eLearning programme utilises a sophisticated facial recognition system across online training and evaluation sessions to ensure your identity. This is to prevent any attempts to obtain the qualification through fraudulent means. Please ensure your device has a working camera facility.

CDC Group IPAF eLearning

For further information please contact our Customer Support Team at info@cdc.org.uk or 020 8191 9090.

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We have chosen WoRC to be our partner charity this year

CDC is delighted to sponsor WoRC – Work Rights Centre.

WoRC is a registered charity dedicated to ending in-work poverty by helping workers exit precarious work: poorly paid, unprotected, and insecure employment. Our common aims and mission are to help workers across all industries to learn about their rights and help them spot the signs of unsafe working conditions.

All workers in the Construction Industry must have the required skills, training and qualifications (NVQs). Incorrect training poses also a high health and safety risk to workers and construction companies.

The Construction Industry is a major component of the UK economy. In its diversity, it may range from infrastructure to mining, or from maintenance to workforce training. In 2014, construction output was £103 billion, 6.5% of GDP and in the first quarter of 2019 registered an output of £28.5 bn. In terms of employment, over 2.1 million people are employed in the Construction Industry. This places a huge responsibility on all stakeholders involved to protect all workers and prevent the exploitation at all levels. It is key therefore for construction workers to know how to access adequate training and recognized qualifications.

CDC is committed to working with all partners in the sector to help meet their social responsibility commitments and build meaningful support for causes such as combating precarious work.

Join us in supporting the Work Rights Centre by donating here.

Contact us today if you need more detailed information about WoRC.

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New Qualification Checking System launched by the ECS and City & Guilds

The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) certifies the skills of electrotechnical workers across the UK.

Holding an ECS card proves your qualification status, main electrical occupation, identity, your health and safety awareness, as well as any additional disciplines in which you are skilled to work.

Many people try to falsify this certificate by lying. In order to keep the public safe from anyone who isn’t fully competent, the ECS and City & Guilds have launched a new qualification checking system. This checking system consists of a specially-designed computer programme which allows qualifications to be verified during an ECS card application and it has been developed by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme and City & Guilds.

When an application is made to the ECS, the qualification details are searched for directly within the City and Guilds database to check the certificate number, name and date. In this way, fake certificates will be discovered easier. The new online system will also replace the previous method of manual checking between the two organisations, making the application process more efficient.

Anyone who is applying for an ECS Card should be prepared to have their qualifications checked. People who are trying to fraud the law are referred to the Fraud Investigations Team and to the police if necessary. They will investigate and decide upon appropriate action.

Martin Thurbon, ECS Contact Centre Operations Manager, said:

“We are continuously looking to improve our service and the robustness of the scheme overall. Our work with City & Guilds and other partners not only makes the application process more streamlined for customers but also importantly catches and deters those who attempt to gain an ECS card under false pretences. These people are potentially endangering the safety of themselves and others if they are carrying out work for which they are not qualified.”

David Phillips, City & Guilds Executive Director, Market Strategy, Products and Services, said:

“As an organisation, we are always looking to continuously improve our operational processes. This newly designed interface will ensure both organisations’ systems are communicating by providing a layer of security in identifying fraudulent certification and raising standards within the electrotechnical industry.”

Contact us today if you need more detailed information about Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS)

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