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Industry Placement Card

Changes to educational policy in the UK have seen an increased focus on vocational education. This includes the introduction of the Traineeship Skills Development Programme and T Level qualifications. These new pathways into construction involve a mixture of classroom learning and extensive on-the-job experience.

At the request of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), CSCS ran an industry consultation on whether to introduce a card for T Level and other students on extended periods of work placement and, if so, what the requirements of that card should be.

Read the findings of the consultation here.

CLC decision

Following the consultation, the CLC approved the introduction of an Industry Placement card for students registered onto qualifications or training courses which require extended periods of work placement.

To be eligible for this card, applicants must:

  • Be aged 16 or above
  • Be registered onto a qualification or training programme requiring a minimum of 30 days’ work placement and that will ultimately lead to becoming eligible for an Apprentice, Skilled Worker, Supervisor or Manager card
  • Have successfully passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Operative test or one of the equivalent tests offered by CSCS Partner Schemes

The card will be valid for 3 years and will not be renewable.

Initially the following card schemes will make the card available from September 2021:

  1. Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
  2. Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS)
  3. Engineering Services SKILLcard
  4. JIB Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB PMES)

It is important to apply to the card scheme relevant to the construction pathway undertaken by the learner. For example, a student undertaking a T Level in Building Engineering Services with a specialist pathway in Electrotechnical Engineering should apply to the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme. Identifying the correct card scheme ensures the learner starts off on the right pathway and enjoys smooth progression through the construction industry.

Visit the relevant card schemes website for more information on the requirements for the card and the application process.

Click here for FAQs about the Industry Placement card.