From 1st of August 2016, CSCS changes the ways you can apply for a Red Trainee CSCS Card. Trainee Cards used to be available to new entrants to the UK Construction Industry and were designed to allow workers access to sites whilst they undertake their construction related qualifications.
“Prior to applying for a card an applicant must pass the appropriate CITB Health Safety and Environment Test and meet one of the following qualification requirements:
Feedback from industry has told us the acceptance of qualifications not based on a National Occupational Standard is causing confusion amongst card holders and their employers.
In particular, Trainee TSM card holders who mistakenly consider SSSTS, SMSTS and NEBOSH General as qualifications that lead to a skilled CSCS card are becoming frustrated when they realise they cannot progress to a skilled CSCS card. Trainee Card holders must obtain a qualification based on a National Occupational Standard before moving onto the appropriate skilled CSCS card.
The construction Industry has requested that CSCS stops accepting qualifications not based on a National Occupational Standard and to only issue Trainee Cards when the qualification is based on a National Occupational Standard that leads to a skilled CSCS card.
From 1 August 2016 the following changes to Trainee cards will be introduced:
Introducing a single Trainee card will remove some of the complexity surrounding the scheme. The card will be clearly marked “Trainee”, making those in the process of obtaining formal qualifications easily identifiable to others on site.
Ensuring Trainee cards are only issued to those who have registered for qualifications that lead to a skilled CSCS card is seen as a practical step towards achieving industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce.”