Need your employee to get SSSTS but feel they may not have the language skills?
27 November 2023
Whether your employees don't have English as a first language or you have British construction workers with low literacy skills, our SSSTS course materials help support them pass the written course assessment.
SSSTS is for team leaders in construction wanting a formal qualification
Construction is one of the most challenging workplaces in the UK, and the people working within it often have diverse backgrounds. Whether it's individuals with poor literacy skills or migrant workers who don't have English as a first language; a written assessment can be a huge stumbling block. This pool of individuals need written English to pass the SSSTS course assessment, this cannot be compromised - but without a suitable training provider, it could mean this valuable talent pool is lost.
Why is SSSTS the best formal qualification for a team leader in construction?
The SSSTS training and CITB qualification is vital for anyone wanting to be formally qualified as a construction site supervisor. SSSTS is an abbreviation for Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme. It helps manage site health, safety and welfare in all operations. Course delegates review the legal requirements, learn safety measures, ensure safety compliance, and understand procedures. It sets them on the road to becoming a site manager and is a great foundation for the SMSTS qualification.
An SSSTS course tailored to those with poor literacy skills
Labouring in the construction sector has long been the route for those individuals who were failed by the academic system. However, when put in a work environment, their practical and problem solving skills are soon revealed. These individuals become team leaders and role models. The challenge arises when they show applications and appetite for career development. When it comes to conforming to the compliance framework and qualifications, their literacy skills may be a factor holding their progression back.
An SSSTS course tailored to those who don't have English as a first language
Prior to Brexit, the major source to increase labour across the UK construction sites was E.U. workers entering the industry. Although this proportion has fallen, many migrant workers opted to become UK residents. These individuals often stand-out as great team leaders, are ambitious, and have a strong work ethic. They may have good spoken English, but poor written English, which is especially needed to pass a course assessment.
The core aim of SSSTS is for team leaders to know:
- Why they are carrying out their identified duties
- What is expected of them from management, site workers and suppliers
- Their contribution to the safety of the workplace
To qualify for the certificate, delegates must pass the examinations with a minimum 80% pass grade, after which they will receive a five-year certification. They need knowledge and the written skills to evidence this understanding.
RISK unique SSSTS Course materials and training courses
It's the training providers responsibility to transfer the knowledge. If delegates demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge but fail the written assessment, what should the training provider do? Well they should start by breaking down the safety training language barrier, identify the root cause and develop training tools to help the delegate achieve their goals. RISK has developed unique course materials to ensure delegates understand the written language required to pass the SSSTS course assessment.
- Our website and support portal is multilingual
- Each delegate gets access to an online portal (Personal Learning Zone)
- This provides the course agenda slides and supporting 'structured notes'
The construction sector is moving digital, our training helps with this too. Digital technology and wider understanding of its benefits are the vital next steps for construction industry modernisation. Our training tools help employers with support to improve their employee’s digital literacy.