Friday, 20 January 2017

CSCS Highlights of 2016

In 2016 CSCS announced further changes to the scheme in line with the aim of ensuring a fully qualified workforce.

Profiled Route 
Profiled Route was used by construction site managers and supervisors who had onsite experience but did not hold nationally recognised, construction related supervisory or management qualifications. On this basis, Profiled Route did not support industry’s desire to qualify the workforce and CSCS stopped accepting Profiled Route applications from 1st April 2016. With the closure of Profiled Route all new applications for CSCS Black and Gold cards now require the applicant to complete an NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, 6 or 7.

One Industry Logo 
In 2015 the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) announced that the industry should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. In order to qualify for the CSCS logo all card schemes (including CSCS) must develop plans to meet the CLC’s requirements including: 
  • Agreeing appropriate qualifications for each occupation 
  • Setting a minimum standard for skilled occupations at NVQ level 2 
  • Introducing smart technology by 2020. 
Throughout 2016 CSCS has worked with other card schemes active in the construction industry to encourage the development of plans to meet the CLC’s requirements. CSCS have now signed agreements with 25 other schemes enabling them to display the CSCS logo on their cards. CSCS and our Partner Card Schemes are committed to ensuring construction site workers are appropriately qualified and in the process are improving standards and safety on UK construction sites. The CSCS logo displayed on any card will provide the industry with a renewed confidence that the card holder has achieved the required standards of training and qualification for their occupation. 

Electronic Card Checks
Promoting the many benefits associated with SmartCard technology was also a key focus for CSCS in 2016. SmartCard technology makes it easier for employers to check the qualifications held on the card as well as tackling card fraud and managing training records. However, through surveys they discoved that contractors and employers were not taking advantage of the technology embedded in the CSCS card. 

The CSCS team worked with industry stakeholders and construction media to deliver a coordinated plan to promote the technology, achieved through published articles, advertisements, interviews and the production of animated videos. 164,000 electronic card checks were carried out in 2016, more than double the number carried out in 2015. This is encouraging but there is still a long way to go before the industry fully adopts electronic card checks and makes paper-based card checking systems a thing of the past.