Monday, 17 November 2014

CSCS Green Card Update

Up until July 2014 CSCS had issued over 700,000 CSO (operative) green cards. These cards were issued on completion of a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Health, Safety & Environment test together with an Employer recommendation. The CSO cards were commonly viewed as the easiest card to obtain (the test takes less than one hour to complete) and held by a large cross section of the industry’s workforce, from Labourer and Skilled Worker to Site Manager and Professionals. In terms of the industry’s desire for a qualified workforce they were clearly not fit for purpose.

On this basis, together with CITB, we developed a new Level 1 knowledge based qualification - Health and Safety in a Construction Environment specifically intended for labouring occupations. The card was also renamed from CSO to Labourer.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

UK Construction Market Update - October

The CPA (Construction Products Association) has released its latest forecast for the construction industry, they expect the construction industry to grow 23% by the end of 2018 and contribute £12 billion to the UK economy over the next two years; with construction output growing 4.8% in 2014 and 5.3% in 2015.