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Peace breaks out over CSCS

14 Dec 12 CITB-ConstructionSkills has resumed its relationship with the management team of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) following their dispute last year.

CSCS chief exec Graham Wren
CSCS chief exec Graham Wren

Last year CITB-ConstructionSkills serve notice to terminate its contract with the CSCS management team and take the industry training certification scheme elsewhere.

After changes at CSCS, however, the two organisations are back round the table to negotiate a new agreement.

Mark Farrar, chief executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: “Last year, we were concerned about the direction that the CSCS management board had taken the industry’s certification card scheme. As a result, CITB-ConstructionSkills believed it had no alternative, but to serve notice to terminate its contract with CSCS.

“This year however, with a change of governance, we have been working with CSCS to address some of the concerns we had last year.  We are encouraged by the steps that the organisation’s new management team is making - not least in making changes to the Green Card and working with CITB-ConstructionSkills to realise efficiencies in administering the card.

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“As the industry training board and leading sector skills council for construction, we are working to add value as part of our commitment to industry.

“To enable both organisations to focus on a new agreement without the distraction of historic issues, CITB-ConstructionSkills has suspended the notice previously given to CSCS Ltd and is working to negotiate the terms of a new contract. We look forward to working together with CSCS, to ensure we continue to meet the needs of industry.”

Graham Wren, who took over as chief executive of CSCS in May 2012, said: “I am extremely pleased with the progress we have made with CITB-ConstructionSkills over the last few months. Both organisations share the same stakeholders and we are now working closely together and more importantly investing in the scheme, and its infrastructure, to support the industry in the future.”

Mr Wren was previously managing director of Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering.

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