A new ‘industry placement card’ has been launched with the aim of helping learners into a career in construction.
Available from September for learners aged 16 and above, the card is for applicants registered on a recognised qualification or training programme who require a minimum of 30 days’ work placement intended to lead to a job in construction.
Initially four card schemes, Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS), Engineering Services SKILLcard and JIB Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB PMES) will make the card available from September with potentially more schemes to follow.
The card schemes are have stressed that it is important to apply to the card scheme relevant to the construction pathway undertaken by the learner. For example, a learner undertaking a T-Level in Building Services Engineering with a specialist pathway in Protection Systems Engineering should apply to the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme.
Alan O’Neile, head of communications at CSCS, said: “CSCS welcomes the introduction of the Industry Placement card. Extended periods of work placement provide critical on-site experience for the learner whilst simultaneously providing employers with access to the latest talent entering the industry. The card enables the learner to access site and start developing the practical and technical skills required by the future workforce.”
Andy Reakes, head of growth at ECS said: “Identifying the correct card scheme ensures the learner starts off on the right pathway and enjoys smooth progression through the industry.
“Like all cards displaying the CSCS logo, the card should be checked thoroughly before allowing a learner on site. A thorough check is the most effective way for employers to be sure learners are working towards the appropriate qualifications for the job they do on site.”
For further information, including the full requirements for the Industry Placement card visit: www.cscs.uk.com/placement.