Construction learners to get site skills cards


Construction trainees will soon be given their own skills cards to help oversee work placements.

The new Industry Placement Card will help support learners transitioning from the classroom into the workplace via initiatives like the Traineeship Skills Development Programme and T Level qualifications.

The card displaying the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) logo will be available from September and is for learners aged sixteen and above.

Applicants must be registered onto recognised qualification or training programmes requiring a minimum of 30 days work placement which is intended to ultimately lead to a job in construction and the built environment.

Alan O’Neile, Head of Communications at CSCS, said: “Extended periods of work placement provide critical on-site experience for the learner whilst simultaneously providing employers with access to the latest talent entering the industry.

“The card enables the learner to access site and start developing the practical and technical skills required by the future workforce.”

Initially four card schemes, CSCS, Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS), Engineering Services SKILLcard and JIB Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB PMES) will make the card available with potentially more schemes to follow.

Andy Reakes, Head of Growth at ECS said: “Identifying the correct card scheme ensures the learner starts off on the right pathway and enjoys smooth progression through the industry.”

Reakes added: “Like all cards displaying the CSCS logo, the card should be checked thoroughly before allowing a learner on site.

“A thorough check is the most effective way for employers to be sure learners are working towards the appropriate qualifications for the job they do on site.”

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