CSCS takes steps to address concerns raised over fraudulent qualifications
Following the reports on BBC London and Newsnight (Wednesday 21 October) regarding people fraudulently obtaining construction related qualifications, the CSCS has taken steps to suspend the offending companies and will accelerate plans to introduce new anti-fraud measures, the organization has recently revealed.
The investigation carried out by Newsnight and BBC London found that at least two training providers falsified the exams required for obtaining the qualifications required under the CSCS card scheme.
After the investigation programme was aired, the CSCS has vowed to work closely with the CITB and other partners to ensure the issues raised are addressed.
With regard to falsified Health, Safety and Environment tests CITB has taken steps to suspend the offending companies and will accelerate plans to introduce new anti-fraud measures. All CSCS cards issued as a result of tests completed at the highlighted centres will be withdrawn and all cardholders will be required to retake the test.
In relation to the training providers identified in the programme (WEP and Training 4 Jobs), both CITB and the British Safety Council have withdrawn accreditation to deliver qualifications together with the Health, Safety and Environmental test with immediate effect and where a qualification has been obtained fraudulently we will take immediate steps to cancel the related CSCS card.
Despite these problems, CSCS cards remain a vital asset in ensuring construction workers have the necessary qualifications and training to carry out their jobs and in the process help to keep our sites safe and productive.
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