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OGM 14th Dec 2023

Posted on: December 17, 2023

Our OGM took place over zoom on Thursday 14th Dec 2023,  the Group Training Officers Report and attachments etc. are uploaded OGM Minutes GTO Report   

CPCS Grandfather Rights Competency Interviews

Posted on: June 9, 2023

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

Posted on: April 13, 2023

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

Posted on: April 13, 2023

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

Temporary Works Co-ordinator Course Content Update

Posted on: March 8, 2023

Prior to attending a TWC course,  learners are expected to have a working knowledge of the following legislation: Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992 The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 The Work at Height Regulations 2005. A key issue for temporary works is health and safety, so learners need to be prepared to discuss how health and safety legislation is relevant to temporary works, as well as which Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) and... Read more