Press Releases 2017

ECITB responds to Unite concerns over scaffolding scheme

Chief Executive Chris Claydon has clarified the ECITB's plans for a new training, development and assessment scheme for offshore scaffolders.

20 September 2017/Categories: Media News, Press Releases 2016, Press Releases 2017

Chris ClaydonIn response to a press release issued by Unite this week, Chris Claydon, Chief Executive for the ECITB, said: “The ECITB is the UK’s leading authority on engineering construction training and we work closely with industry to ensure the workforce has the highest level of skills needed to compete globally. We are currently developing a training, development and assessment programme for scaffolders working overseas in response to interest from international engineering companies.  Separately, offshore fabric maintenance companies in the UK have expressed an interest in a common scheme which supports the development and assessment of offshore scaffolders against a relevant standard.

“We have no plans to bring in a new scaffolding card scheme in the UK. The new programme, which would be entirely voluntary, would award scaffolders based overseas the International Competence in Engineering (ICE) card, which has been in existence since 2013 and is used widely overseas as a standardised indicator of competence.

“The ECITB is committed to ensuring training supports the highest standards of safety across engineering construction sites. We are currently in discussion with the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) regarding compatibility between the CISRS card and the new programme.”