Are you looking to take the next step in your construction career? With a wide range of construction courses now readily available for individuals, take the next step from being an operator and train to be a Site Supervisor. Take a look at the responsibility of a site supervisor, and how you can get into this particular role below!
WHAT DOES A SITE SUPERVISOR ROLE INVOLVE?
To begin with, let’s cover what a site supervisor is, and what this person would do throughout a typical working day.
Site supervisors are in charge of overseeing projects or specific teams on construction sites. They will typically be expected to:
- Manage workers and be able to delegate various jobs in order to have them completed in a timely manner
- Carry out inspections regularly
- Identify any safety hazards or risks on site and eliminate them
- Check that any workers are following health and safety guidelines and rules
- Interview and hire new operators for projects
- Set project goals and oversee them
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SITE SUPERVISOR AND A SITE MANAGER?
A site supervisor will often report directly to a site manager. They will also act upon instruction of the manager, to ensure all jobs are carried out.
A site manager will also take into account the overall project and future plans, whereas a supervisor will focus on day to day jobs and meeting daily targets instead. A site supervisor is also more often than not more hands on, and will assist if extra man power is required.
HOW DO I BECOME A SITE SUPERVISOR?
It is essential to have existing practical experience in a construction role first, before taking on a supervisor role. Work shadowing, taking on extra work, and being eager to develop is also key to career progression. However, a supervisory role will require you to have additional training and qualifications. So, what else will you need to do?
What qualifications are needed?
Various construction courses will benefit anyone looking to become a site supervisor. Most companies will favour individuals that have some form of first aid training, as well as previous management experience.
Individuals looking to become a site supervisor can also book onto the SSSTS (Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme). It is a requirement for anyone looking to oversee operators on site.
CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY SUPERVISOR COURSE
The SSSTS course is advantageous for anyone looking to acquire additional responsibilities on site. The training will also cover:
- Developing risk assessments and method statements
- The risk of asbestos on site
- How to control exposure to noise and vibration
- Environmental issues, pollution prevention and how to reduce environmental damage
This particular course is recognised by BuildUK, and has been approved and mapped by CITB. If this course is for you, then be sure to view the full course details and get in touch with us to book your place.
Further construction courses available for site supervisors
If you’re already acquired the site supervisor training previously, then perhaps a refresher course may be required instead. Refresher training can be completed in the space of one day, and valid for 5 years.
Alternatively, another option would be to take your skills further and start training to be a site manager instead?
It’s always ideal to have the correct training in place for health and safety reasons, however there’s no harm in learning additional skills if you’re looking to climb the career ladder in the future. Our S031 Construction Site Manager course will involve 5 days of intense training, and can be just the qualification you need to land your next job role.
Would you like to learn about the principles of leadership and worker engagement, plus take on the responsibility of running a safe construction site? Check out the full course details and get in touch today.
OTHER CONSTRUCTION COURSES AVAILABLE
Here at the Diggerland Plant Training School in Kent we can offer a variety of NPOR approved and accredited courses including:
- Excavator courses
- Roller courses
- Telehandler courses
- Dumper courses
- Other Health and safety courses including manual handling and fire warden training
- Other construction courses including lorry loader and slinger signaller training
View our full list of NPORS training courses here.
ABOUT THE DIGGERLAND PLANT TRAINING SCHOOL
As the name suggests, we carry out training at Diggerland. With 3 UK training centres based in Kent, Duham and Yorkshire. All trainee operators will have access to a wide range of construction machinery and a large training area, suitable for group and individual learning.
If you’re looking for external sites to run your own training on, we would also be more than happy to assist. We have 3 classrooms available to hire for £140 per day. The use of our training area and machinery can also be arranged.
CONTACT US TO BOOK TODAY
If you’re ready to book onto any of our construction courses including our Site Supervisor training, then get in contact with us now. We are booking up extremely fast, and we have limited spaces remaining for 2021. 2022 dates will be released shortly!
Give us a call today on 01634 295355 or email us. We look forward to hearing from you, and getting trainee operators booked in.