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Farmer and BBC Guru to headline at BESA Conference

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:59 PM

BESA National Conference speakers announced

Mark Farmer, who led last year’s hard hitting review of construction’s labour and financial woes, will deliver a keynote address at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Conference in London on October 19.

He is joined on the speakers’ rostrum by the BBC’s ‘Business Doctor’ Dr. Paul T Thomas and the deputy Mayor of London Shirle…

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SKILLcard’s CRO card remains valid

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 2:03 PM

As the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) prepares to stop issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards from 31st March 2017, we would like to assure all current SKILLcard CRO cardholders that their card is not affected by the recent CSCS announcement and remains valid until its stated expiry date.

SKILLcard will continue to accept applications and issue CRO cards relevant to …

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Card checks planned on 8th February 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017 2:31 PM

It has been reported this week that construction workers across the UK should be prepared to show their cards, with news of an industry-wide card audit planned for Wednesday 8th February 2017.

With member companies of Build UK and the Civil Engineering Contractors Association being instructed to check all cards on that day, to ensure that they are up to date and of the smart card variety.

The au…

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Webinar: The importance of smart cards in identification and skills development...

Friday, January 20, 2017 2:33 PM

...and how these apply to the RACHP sector

Establishing the identity, training and qualifications of workers has never been so important, for both contractors and operatives.

The ACRIB SKILLcard is the essential registration scheme for individuals working in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector.

The unique technology built into every smart SKILLcard allows operat…

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CSCS announces withdrawal of CRO cards

Friday, January 20, 2017 2:17 PM

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has confirmed plans to stop issuing Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards, which will come into effect from 31st March 2017.

As a partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, we are working with CSCS to provide alternative solutions for current CRO cardholders.

SKILLcard will contact all CRO cardholders with further informatio…

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Skills shortage, or lack of experience?

Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:01 AM

The Building Engineering Services Association recently sponsored a RAC/H&V round table debate attended by representatives from across the industry including M&S, Sainsbury’s and the Institute of Refrigeration. The debate discussed the well documented skills shortage within the industry, and considered the importance of evidencing an operative’s competence.

Many industry experts have calle…

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Christmas opening hours

Thursday, December 22, 2016 1:37 PM

The SKILLcard helpdesk will close for Christmas at 1:00pm on Friday 23rd December, and re-open at 9:00am on Tuesday 3rd January. 

If you have any questions over this period, you should find the answers you need in FAQs sections of our website. 

From the whole SKILLcard team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

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Further action taken to tackle card fraud

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 3:17 PM

Yesterday Construction News reported on the latest incident of fraudulent skill certification cards within the industry following a CITB investigation, with the individual in question receiving an 18 month jail term and facing deportation.

The news follows after the BBC Fake Britain expose last December, which highlighted the use of fraudulent cards within the industry.

As an affiliate of the Co…

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SkillSight - new service now available

Monday, October 24, 2016 10:56 AM

Do you have sight of your skills and training in an instant?

Working with Reference Point, SKILLcard is now able to provide card holders and employers even more benefits, with access to SkillSight the free Training Management Solution.

SkillSight enables you or a nominated representative to transform your smart SKILLcard into a fully accessible skills passport.

Click here for further informatio…

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The ventilation hygiene industry is playing an increasingly important role in the battle to reduce fire risks in buildings

Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:03 AM

The ventilation hygiene industry is playing an increasingly important role in the battle to reduce fire risks in buildings, says Tim Rook*. 

 

London Fire Brigade recently reported the outbreak of, at least, one fire every day in a commercial kitchen in the capital. They also confirmed that 90% of fires in catering premises are intensified by ignition of deposits inside grease extract ductwork…

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CSCS's recent press statement regarding recalled CSCS cards

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 4:39 PM

You may have seen CSCS’s recent press statement regarding the recall of cards affected by issues with health & safety test centres.

While no SKILLcards were affected, we just wanted to let you know that we remain committed to tackling fraud in the industry. We are the first CSCS affiliate to go smart, and we will be working alongside them in the near future to further encourage the use of sma…

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Change to SKILLcard's email address

Thursday, January 14, 2016 11:43 AM

Please that, from Monday January 25th, our email address will change.

For general enquiries, this will change to skillcard.info@theBESAcom.

Don't worry if you accidentally email our old address, we have redirects in place to make sure your email still reaches us.

 

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BBC Fake Britain programme

Friday, December 4, 2015 11:15 AM

You might have seen today’s Fake Britain programme, regarding the use of fake skills certification cards. SKILLcard was mentioned in the programme, and we’d like to reassure you about the steps we’ve taken to stop the use of fraudulent cards.

With our recent change to smartcards, we’ve introduced the use of smart technology to check the validity of SKILLcards. Through using a card reader or devic…

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Retraining existing workers could solve skills crisis

Thursday, November 19, 2015 4:40 PM

 

Demand for new operatives in all sectors of the building engineering services industry will rise over the next four years, leading to major skills shortages, according to research from the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES). However, B&ES believes that many workers, who came into the sector during the recession, have missed out on formal training and could now be off…

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First smart SKILLcard presented

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:54 AM

The first ‘smart’ Engineering Services SKILLcard was presented in front of a packed conference room at the Wellcome Collection in London last week.

Luke Copper Solomons, an apprentice at Price Building Services of Wallington, Surrey, received the first digital version of a card, which is used by more than 50,000 mechanical engineering workers to provide proof of their skills and to access project…

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SKILLcard working alongside CSCS to tackle fraud in the industry

Thursday, October 22, 2015 3:30 PM

You might have seen a recent report on BBC Newsnight which highlights some fraudulent activity in a small number of health and safety testing centres. As an affiliate of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), we want to reassure all SKILLcard holders that we are committed to working alongside CSCS to further eliminate fraud from our industry.

Our recent adoption of smart technology …

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Meeting the Industry’s Skills Challenge in the New Training Landscape

Thursday, October 15, 2015 8:51 AM

The Building and Engineering Services Association is holding a free half day event on Wednesday 4 November, to focus on the new training landscape and Trailblazer apprenticeships.

Details of the Conference, which will also feature the launch of Engineering Services SKILLcard as a ‘smart’ card facility with enhanced functionality, can be found on the event microsite.

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SKILLcard is going smart

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:13 PM

From the middle of this month, Engineering Services SKILLcard is going smart. SKILLcard is an affiliate of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and is the first affiliate to go smart. The change brings with it a whole host of added benefits for both card holders and employers, which you can read about here.

We’ve already started using our newly designed printed materials, including…

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