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Unqualified Workers Not Likely to Find Employment – “More employment opportunities for qualified operatives”

One of the largest building companies in the UK, Major Home Builders Group (MHBG), has pledged today to continue with its initiative to only hire qualified workers in order to raise standards and tackle skills shortage in the construction industry.

The initiative between MHBG, one of the twelve largest UK home builders, and Construction Skills has encouraged more people to become professionally qualified in the building construction sector. An increasing number of companies in the building industry have committed to employ only qualified operatives as the very minimum for workers is have a Construction Skills Competency Scheme (CSCS) card.

More than half a million people took their CSCS cards last year. The test, which is required for all construction workers, has been an important factor for raising health and safety standards, as well as helping workers to improve their general quality of work.

Corporate Director at Construction Skills, John Cowley, welcomed the partnership between MHBG and Construction Skills saying that it is vital for the future of the building construction industry to have qualified workforce which is continually raising work standards and promptly complying with industry’s regulation framework.

Mr Cowley said: “We’re delighted that the MHBG has committed to this partnership. It is a major step forward in our drive to qualify the workforce, making our industry world leaders in the skills and training arena.”

As previously reported in the Sector Skills Agreement, the government has encouraged for a closer partnership between industry officials and training providers in order to encourage more workers to feel the benefits of becoming a professionally qualified person.

Managing Director of Redrow, a member of the MHBG group, Neil Fitzsimmons explained that the requirements for all workers, working on their sites, to have an appropriate qualification sends a strong message that the industry wants a qualified workforce, recognising that qualified workers get the job done faster, with fewer mistakes and accidents.

What is your opinion on the importance of being a qualified professional in order to find better employment opportunities? How much more would a qualified operative earn than a non-qualified? Share your experiences by leaving a comment on the Train4TradeSkills’ Facebook and Twitter pages:

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Raising Standards for the Industry

Environmental knowledge will be added to the current Health and Safety test to increase standards for employees in the building construction industry.

Respiratory hazards, questions on the environment and extended behavioural case studies are amongst the subjects that have been added to the current syllabus of the construction industry’s health and safety test.

The re-named Health, Safety and Environment test will replace the former health and safety test in an attempt by CITB-ConstructionSkills to raise standards and optimise performance.

The test is required for all construction workers seeking to hold a Construction Skills Competency Scheme (CSCS) card or a construction plant competency scheme (CPCS) card; more than half a million people sat the test last year.

The newly improved version of the test will have more robust effect with greater emphasis on safe working practices.

CITB-ConstructionSkills product delivery manager Chris Little said: “Consulting with industry we have refreshed the question bank and the test structure to include new sections and questions addressing the changing needs of the whole construction industry both locally and nationally.”

Mr Little believes that it is important for both employers and employees to have good co-ordination in the vital issues in coherent operation of health and safety standards.

He said: “Getting construction businesses at all levels to engage with Health and Safety is something which CITB-ConstructionSkills is keen to continue by listening to industry and developing its existing products and services to fit sector requirements.”

“CITB-ConstructionSkills in constantly working on behalf of the industry to improve the Test which should be seen as a stepping stone to encourage employers and their workforce to go on and develop their knowledge even further.” added Mr Little.

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Stephen’s Train4TradeSkills Blog: 27 June

Everything’s going well with the course, I’m still working on Unit 25 at the moment and progressing with it.

I’ve been looking at Public Liability insurance this week. My tutor Richard said I should look into it and get some quotes. This would insure me to work in people’s homes, in case any damage occurred while I was working.

I’m also thinking of getting a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), which would allow me to do plumbing work on building sites in the future. It’s expensive though, and would cost £47 for the card, £43 for the exam and £17 for the study materials – but I think it will be worth it.

I’m also starting a new project. It’s making quilts, which is something I like doing. I’ve drawn up a template, but it’s just going to be a hobby and something I do in my spare time.

I’m enjoying the course and things are going well for me at the moment. I’ll be back next week with my next blog.

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