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AGM Wednesday 17th April 2024

April 15, 2024 12:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Our AGM took place at Luddon Construction, Grangemouth and on zoom on Wednesday 17th April 2024,  the AGM Minutes and Group Training Officers Report and are uploaded.    AGM mins 17.4.24    GTO Report


CPCS Grandfather Rights Competency Interviews

June 9, 2023 1:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Some news from our recent committee meeting re Competence Interviews allowed under the CPCS Grandfather rights conversion. NOCN Group, the leading Construction NVQ Awarding Organisation, has launched the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) ‘Competence Interview’ in response to Construction Leadership Council (CLC) requirements for CPCS ‘Competent Operator’ blue card holders to hold relevant Level 2 Vocational Qualifications (VQ) from January 2020, with all existing cards that don’t meet the new standards being removed by 31 December 2024. The ‘CPCS Competence Interview’ has been developed by NOCN in collaboration with the CPCS Management Committee to support the construction sector in its industry-wide phasing out of existing ‘Competent Operator’ blue cards gained through Industry Accreditation; the term used for those cards originally... Read more


CECA Scotland Briefing AGM 30th March 2023

April 13, 2023 5:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

CECA Academy Briefing 15th March 2023 The CECA Scotland Academy is an industry driven programme designed to create a pathway from full time education into employment into the civil engineering sector in Scotland. There is no existing pathway and Board of CECA Scotland have committed to addressing this gap to create a pipeline of new talent into the sector to address the chronic skills challenges. This is an entry level operative programme. The CECA Scotland Academy will attract, train, qualify and support new entrants into the Scottish civil engineering sector. This will be achieved by regional Colleges delivering programmes throughout Scotland starting in August 2023. CECA Scotland will be working with employers, clients, local authorities and training providers to secure... Read more


CITB Update AGM 30th March 2023

April 13, 2023 5:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s been a challenging time for the economy, finances of businesses and workers under pressure. From April 1st CITB is: From April 1st CITB is doubling grant rates for short courses to help businesses offer more training and support employers delivering core skills to teams amid rising costs Grants up to £240 will be made available to support employers with their training needs, including leadership and management courses Increasing the grant rates for specific supervision and management qualifications Increasing the grant rate for specific supervisory and management short qualifications to support the changes announced by CSCS that all industry accredited card holders must have a recognised qualification. Grant rates start at £125 Skills & Training fund continues to be available... Read more



February 28, 2023 12:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We are now into the final 6 month period of the Employer Network GRANT BACK project which we are running on behalf of CITB.  Our CITB registered companies get 75% of their costs back after training is completed.   This means that you can ask us for a huge variety of training that you may need – we will arrange it with the training provider,  charge you for it,  then after completion, send you 75% of the costs in lieu of a CITB grant.  You won’t have to make any claims.   It’s very simple and with any luck CITB might make grant claiming easier in future.  If you want to take part, please get in touch or take a... Read more