SKILLcards made free for redundant workers

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 9:28 AM

SKILLcard are waiving the card fee for those effected 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 demonstrate relevant qualifications, skills and experience for their occupation.

Over 500,000 people left the industry in the last recession so SKILLcard want to do whatever it can to ensure the sector doesn’t lose skilled workers because of a short-term downturn and support individuals back into work.

See details below:

  • SKILLcard applications and renewals will be free for those made redundant during the COVID-19 period
  • This will apply to individuals made redundant from 1st March – 31st October 2020
  • The £40 fee will be waived for qualifying individuals making applications or renewals during the period of 1st August – 31st October 2020
  • Applicants still need to have all the relevant qualifications and certificates
  • Applicants need to provide 2 forms of evidence via upload to the SKILLcard system
    • P45 plus one of the following
    • Notice of termination / redundancy from the employer, or
    • A letter from the employer confirming the employee was made redundant
  • Applicants follow the normal online process but at checkout / payment screen, check the ‘Apply for a free SKILLcard’ box and upload the required documents
  • Free cards are valid for one year from date of issue

We would encourage anyone effected by redundancy or employers considering redundancies to explore options for jobs or re-deployment of staff on the new Construction Talent Retention Scheme.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the SKILLcard team on skillcard.info@theBESA.com or 01768 860406.

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MADE REDUNDANT? 

Have you been effected by redundancy during COVID-19? In order to support individuals during the COVID-19 crisis, SKILLcard are waiving the card fee during 1st August-31st October.

You can read more here.

 

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Read our Business Continuity statement and updates here.

 

YOU NOW ONLY HAVE 12 MONTHS FROM EXPIRY TO SUBMIT A RENEWAL

FOLLOWING THAT CUT OFF, YOU WILL HAVE TO SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION.

SO DON'T DELAY AND RENEW TODAY!

 

CITB COURSES

In Scotland, centres are recommencing 22nd July (majority of Pearson Professional Centres).

In Wales. centres are recommencing 20th July (all Pearson Professional Centres).

As of 18 May 2020, CITB has re-opened the HS&E testing operations in England through the Pearson Performance Centres only. However, due to social distancing measures, availability may be limited. Leicester Pearson VUE Centre is currently affected by localised lock-down.

You can keep up to date with the latest CITB messaging here

Because of limited access to CITB courses, we continue to ask those responsible for site access to use their discretion towards expired SKILLcards. Read more

Watch our short video about expired SKILLcards here.

 

Our telephone lines are open and applications can still be made via the online service here.

Our team are still here to support you.