Jody Kennedy, Olive Communications’ Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Safetybank, the British Construction Industry Award winning safety platform responds to last night’s expose on how a minority of training companies are helping construction workers fraudently gain their Construction Skills Certification Scheme card to get work in the construction industry.
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card scheme is a recognised standard and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is continuously looking to improve the scheme and combat fraudulent cards and unskilled workers receiving them from test centres like those displayed in last night’s news.
Unfortunately it’s clear that some training organisations are taking advantage of the shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry, and many construction companies aren’t equipped with the right tools to ensure that once they take on new starters they’re suitably qualified.
At Safetybank, our clients have benefitted from setting elevated standards of safety requirements from the outset on their projects, which in many cases utilise the CSCS card but more often go on to utilise the predefined application to improve on this relevant to the roles individuals play.
The unique identity of each individual provides a biometric history for each employee, ensuring the correct employees complete the requisite modules.
Ongoing modular testing and the combination and integration of eLearning combined with recurring test alerts from Safetybank ensure that organisations continue to check the awareness of their employees of the safety requirements relevant to their individual roles.
Safetybank offers a whole of host of certification schemes to utilise when checking if an employee or contractor is suitably trained in safety for their individual role.
The industry shouldn’t universally discount the great work the CITB has done in assisting in developing the standards because of a handful of rogue training organisations. Instead they should continue to adopt the additional tools like Safetybank to help ensure their teams on constructions site stay safe and aware.