Industry Accreditation being withdrawn by CSCS
The Constructions Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has withdrawn Industry Accreditation, instead focusing that applicants can successfully demonstrate the skills needed to achieve qualifications.
Due to the introduction of the Labourer Card, coupled with the withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation card and the pre-planned removal of the Site Visitor card, the next step will be to remove cards being issued under Industry Accreditation.
Industry Accreditation, also known as Grandfather Rights, previously allowed workers to successfully obtain a CSCS card based solely on an employers’ recommendation, not via achieving the recognised qualification.
The Industry Accreditation to new applications was closed back in 2010, but currently those already holding a card can renew on the same basis. However, CSCS have consulted with the industry body and have worked a plan that will pave the way for the gradual withdrawal of cards issued under Industry Accreditation.
New Plans in Place
With effect from the 1st January 2020, all cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024. CSCS will completely stop issuing the card from 30th June 2024.
For those 60,000 individual Industry Accreditation card holders the next steps they need to take will depend on any additional qualifications they may currently hold as well as their occupation. Those who are without any qualifications will be required to register for the appropriate qualification/s needed for their occupation before their current cards expire in 2024.
The withdrawal of the Industry Accreditation will be the final piece of the plan put in action towards achieving the Construction Leadership Council’s objective of ensuring that cards are given to those individuals who have achieved a nationally recognised construction related qualification – or are in the process of doing so.
CSCS Chief Executive Graham Wren said: “Following the closure of the Construction Related Occupation card and the Construction Site Visitor Card, cards gained by Industry Accreditation are the only cards in the CSCS scheme which do not require the cardholder to achieve a recognised qualification. Industry Accreditation does not support industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce and as such it will be withdrawn.”
Graham Wren went on to add: “A lot of work has taken place to ensure those with cards issued under Industry Accreditation will be able to transition to other CSCS cards as simply as possible. We are making this announcement early to ensure card holders and their employers have enough time to make the necessary alternative arrangements.”