Latest news from CSCS

Latest news from CSCS

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CSCS announce Grandfather rights card withdrawal as a priority for 2018

Following the withdrawal of the Visitor card the next step towards a fully qualified workforce is perhaps the most challenging. Industry Accreditation (IA), also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification (NVQ)

CSCS closed IA to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis. To meet therequirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) CSCS will develop plans to move all IA cardholders to a recognised qualification.

CSCS have stated that to achieve this within the necessary timescales it will require extensive industry consultation prior to implementation. In the meantime, existing IA card holders can continue to renew their cards in accordance with the scheme rules.

The withdrawal of IA will be the final step towards achieving the CLC’s requirement of ensuring nationally recognised qualifications are in place for all occupations

5th February 2018

 

Jail time for CSCS card fraudsters

A criminal gang manufacturing fake documents including CSCS cards has been broken up and its ringleaders sentenced to over 3 years imprisonment. This case highlights the need for employers to be vigilant when checking CSCS cards. The most efficient way to do this is to check the cards electronically.

2nd February 2018

 

Withdrawal of the Visitor card

The Visitor card was originally introduced for staff and workers who were not site based but visited on a regular basis. Following the closure of CRO it will be the only card issued without the requirement for the applicant to hold a recognised qualification.

On this basis the CSCS Board have agreed to withdraw the Site Visitor Card following the closure of CRO.

Timing on the closure of the Visitor card will be announced in 2018 and further announcements will be made throughout the year.

Industry accreditation

Following the withdrawal of the Visitor card the next step towards a fully qualified workforce is perhaps the most challenging. Industry Accreditation (IA), also known as Grandfather Rights, allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards on the strength of an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.

CSCS closed IA to new applicants in 2010 but those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis. To meet the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) we will develop plans to move all IA cardholders to a recognised qualification.

How we achieve this within the necessary timescales will require extensive industry consultation prior to implementation. In the meantime, existing IA card holders can continue to renew their cards in accordance with the scheme rules.

The withdrawal of IA will be the final step towards achieving the CLC’s requirement of ensuring nationally recognised qualifications are in place for all occupations.

January 2018