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SKILLCARD LAUNCHES INDUSTRY PLACEMENT CARD

Friday, September 10, 2021 1:00 PM

Engineering Services SKILLcard has launched a card specifically designed for the growing number of students who need access to construction sites to complement their classroom-based learning.

SKILLcard is one of the first Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) partners to launch an Industry Placement Card in time for the new academic year. It supports students aged 16 and above studying …

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SKILLcard celebrates 20th anniversary

Friday, August 20, 2021 12:42 AM

Engineering Services SKILLcard is celebrating 20 years of helping workers gain access to construction sites and work safely and competently.

More than 60,000 heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals depend on the Engineering Services SKILLcard to prove to site managers and clients that they are trained and fully qualified for the work they do on site.

It is managed …

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New look for contactless SKILLcard

Monday, July 19, 2021 9:00 AM

One of the building services industry’s largest personnel registration schemes has revamped the cards operatives must carry to gain access to sites.

Engineering Services SKILLcard has produced a new design to better reflect its contactless operation and make it easier for site managers to check all workers have the appropriate training and qualifications for their specific occupation.

The new lo…

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Industry Placement card sets learners on the right pathway into construction

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:16 AM

Changes to educational policy in the UK have seen an increased focus on vocational education. This includes the introduction of the Traineeship Skills Development Programme and T Level qualifications. These new pathways into construction involve a mixture of classroom learning and extensive on-the-job experience.

To support learners transitioning from the classroom into the workplace, the constru…

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SKILLcard further extends support for redundant workers

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:33 AM

BESA and SKILLcard are continuing their support for redundant workers by extending the ability to apply for and renew SKILLcards free of charge until 30th June 2021. The initiative was initially launched in July 2020 to cover the period up to the end of December 2020. It was extended to 31st March 2021 and now extended again to continue vital support to individuals in the sector.

Anyone who suffe…

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SKILLcard sign up to overseas skills mapping service

Friday, March 19, 2021 10:45 AM

In order to make it even easier for engineers with overseas qualifications to secure their SKILLcard, BESA have now signed up to partner with ECCTIS, who will provide a skills mapping service.  

ECCTIS is a leading information service provider offering impartial, trusted judgement on international qualifications and SKILLcard are delighted to welcome their services. ECCTIS are the parent company …

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CSCS Academic qualifications transferred to SKILLcard

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:44 AM

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is notifying the industry that all Building Engineering Services qualifications currently accepted for the Academically Qualified Person (AQP) card are being transferred to the SKILLcard scheme.

SKILLcard is managed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and is the card issuing scheme for the mechanical sector of the building en…

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SKILLcard launches ‘academic’ card

Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:51 AM

One of the construction industry’s largest skills certification registers is launching a special card for engineers with degrees and other higher-level qualifications. 

Engineering Services SKILLcard, which has over 64,000 card holders across the UK, has developed the Academically Qualified Person (AQP) card so individuals with higher level qualifications can visit construction sites to help them…

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CRO Closures Progress

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:02 PM

Today SKILLcard announced that the CRO card for 29 occupations are closing starting on 31st January 2021. This is the 6th wave of CRO closures as part of its plan to deliver the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. All card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with nationally recognised construction related qualifications, i.e. NVQ…

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SKILLcard extends support for redundant workers

Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:02 PM

BESA and SKILLcard are continuing their support for redundant workers by extending the ability to apply for and renew SKILLcards free of charge until 31st March 2021.

Anyone who suffered redundancy as a result of the Covid-19 crisis since March 1 will have their fees waived if they apply before 31st March 2021.

Engineering Services SKILLcard is one of the construction industry’s largest skills c…

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Construction Site Visitor Card Closure

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:22 PM

Important update about the Construction Site Visitor Card

Please be aware that SKILLcard are now in the process of withdrawing the Construction Site Visitor Card. Please see below for the timetable of closure dates.

  • From 1st December 2020, any Construction Site Visitor cards will only be valid up to the 30th November 2022.
  • From 31st April 2022, SKILLcard will stop issuing the visitor card.
  • F…

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SKILLcards made free for redundant workers

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:28 AM

SKILLcard are waiving the card fee for those affected by redundancy in order to help retain vital skills in the sector and support our skilled workers. This is a significant financial investment by SKILLcard in the future of the industry but seen by the company as the right thing to do.

Holding the relevant card is an essential part of finding work in our sector, enabling individuals to demonstra…

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SKILLcard Endorsements Move Online

Monday, July 6, 2020 2:29 PM

As part of the ongoing drive to make applying for an essential SKILLcard more streamlined, the employer endorsements required for card applications are now fully digital. 

This latest development means endorsers can say goodbye to having to print off forms, sign in ink and then send back to SKILLcard. Endorsers now simply receive a link via email and can complete their endorsement with a di…

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Sites should accept expired SKILLcards during COVID-19 crisis, says BESA

Monday, March 23, 2020 4:17 PM

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is continuing its calls for site managers to show leniency towards staff with expired SKILLcards. Operatives have been unable to sit their tests due to the closure of testing centres on 20th March 2020.

This follows the recent CSCS statement asking employers and those responsible for site access to use their discretion towards workers whose ca…

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We have gone paperless

Monday, March 16, 2020 4:45 PM

Last year we introduced our online application process which has proven to be more fast and efficient with us being able to deliver new cards in under seven working days. We have now decided to withdraw all paper applications from the SKILLcard website to enable the application process to be more effective but also friendlier for the environment.  

No longer accepting payment by cheques

We will …

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Covid19

Monday, March 16, 2020 3:15 PM

Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

Please find below a range of support and guidance from SKILLcard, BESA and other key industry bodies.

 

CLC Site Operating Procedures - Protecting your Workforce V4 18 May

COVID-19 Practical Measures for Building Services Operation Download here

BESA Guidance on the use of Face Cloth Coverings 

Government Guidance - Working safely during COVID-19 in construct…

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Revamped competence schemes crucial to new industry ‘culture’

Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:40 PM

The industry must modernise the way it presents evidence of professional competence to satisfy increasingly demanding clients, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Its members and the wider industry are under increasing pressure to streamline the processes used to give proof of skills, qualifications and experience in line with government targets and to create the ne…

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SKILLcard reassures Vent Hygiene CRO card holders following inaccurate NAADUK letter

Thursday, December 19, 2019 12:09 PM

Following an open letter issued by the NAADUK 16th December 2019, SKILLcard would like to correct factual inaccuracies and present the true situation surrounding CRO cards for our sector.

The NAADUK letter is not only inaccurate and directly contravenes the BuildUK Training Standard; it also scaremongers and may cause unnecessary concern amongst workers and firms in the industry.

 

1 - CRO clos…

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Engineering Installation & Maintenance Engineer CRO cards set to close

Friday, November 29, 2019 12:38 PM

Today SKILLcard announced that the CRO card for Engineering Installation & Maintenance Engineer are closing with a phased timetable starting on 31st January 2020. This is the 4th wave of CRO closures as part of its plan to deliver the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. All card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with nation…

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CRO route for Fire Sprinkler Installer set to close for renewal applications

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 12:18 PM

SKILLcard has started the next phase of the planned closure of CRO application routes. Following the withdrawal of new applications for the Fire Sprinkler Installer card. The closure will now apply to renewal applications from 1st February 2020. A new qualification route is now open in order to obtain a blue SKILLcard for that occupation.

The phase out of CRO cards is happening in order to delive…

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SKILLcard renewals now available online

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:56 PM

Holders of Engineering Services SKILLcards are now able to renew their cards online following another upgrade of the online SKILLcard application system operated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

The application process for new SKILLcards moved online earlier this year and the website (www.skillcard.org.uk) has now been further enhanced to accommodate renewals.

More than 6…

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Vent Hygiene CRO cards set to close

Thursday, August 1, 2019 11:05 AM

Today SKILLcard announced that the CRO cards for Vent Hygiene Specialist, Ductwork Cleaning Specialist and Kitchen Grease Extract Operative will close on 1st November 2019. This is the 3rd wave of CRO closures as part of its plan to deliver the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. All card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with …

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CRO route for Fire Sprinkler Installer set to close for new applications

Monday, July 1, 2019 3:47 PM

SKILLcard has started the next phase of the planned closure of CRO application routes. Following the withdrawal of the CRO card for Medical Equipment Installers, the second route to begin closure is the Fire Sprinkler Installer card. The closure applies only to new applications at this stage. A new qualification route is now open in order to obtain a blue SKILLcard for that occupation.

The phase …

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SKILLcard support enforcement of health & safety requirements

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:34 PM

In the next of a series of moves to enhance the robustness of cardholder qualifications, CSCS and SKILLcard are requiring all applicants to have satisfactorily completed the CITB health, safety and environment test or approved equivalent. This will now be the only way to show satisfactory evidence of health and safety compliance other than the exception gained by completing the H&S requirement…

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SKILLcard applications go online

Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:41 PM

Applying for Engineering Services SKILLcards has been made easier and quicker following the launch of a new online service.

The Engineering Services SKILLcard is operated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and is held by more than 60,000 people working in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors. It provides evidence that they have the required tra…

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SKILLcard swoops to clear up registration fraud

Friday, July 20, 2018 2:26 PM

The operators of one of the construction industry’s largest skills certification registers have moved swiftly to close a loophole that had left the scheme open to abuse.

Managers of the Engineering Services SKILLcard were alerted to the fact that a number of people working in the thermal insulation industry had managed to secure Heating and Ventilating (H&V) Installer cards in order to gain a…

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SKILLcard's Construction Site Visitor card remains valid

Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:35 PM

As the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) prepares to stop issuing Construction Site Visitor cards from 28 February 2020, we would like to assure all current SKILLcard Construction Site Visitor cardholders that their card remains valid until its stated expiry date.

SKILLcard is discussing the future of this card with CSCS and further announcements will follow. Until then, SKILLcard w…

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The phased withdrawal of Construction Related Occupation (CRO) SKILLcards has begun

Monday, April 16, 2018 9:08 AM

Work has commenced by SKILLcard to develop a framework to close the CRO application route and identify paths for those affected occupations to be signposted to an agreed industry qualification for that occupation. In cases where occupations are deemed non-construction related, the current SKILLcard route will be withdrawn. 

SKILLcard would like to reassure all CRO cardholders that their current c…

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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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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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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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