Action taken in light of fraud exposure
Firstly we must reiterate that CSCS takes the issue of fraudulent activity extremely seriously and it is essential that steps are taken to prevent it.
We understand Project and Site managers will be concerned as they rely on CSCS cards as a means of confirming genuine qualifications. No one wants an unqualified or unsafe operative on site and it is important for us all to ensure that the system is effective in tackling those who commit fraudulent and criminal acts.
We are working closely with CITB and other partners to ensure the issues raised in the BBC’s Newsnight programme 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All CSCS cards issued as a result of tests completed at the highlighted centres will be withdrawn and all cardholders will be required to retake the test.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providers identified in the programme (WEP and Future Training 4 Jobs), both CITB and the British Safety Council have withdrawn accreditation to deliver qualifications together with the Health, Safety and Environmental test with immediate effect and where a qualification has been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.
CSCS relies on the Awarding Organisations (approved by qualifications regulator OFQUAL) such as CITB and the British Safety Council to monitor the standards and performance of their approved training providers in delivering nationally recognised construction qualifications.
Following the investigation carried out by Newsnight and BBC London CSCS will be meeting all 24 Awarding Organisations as soon as possible to review their arrangements relating to accredited training centre security and audit procedures.
CSCS continues to receive the support of industry and remains confident the vast majority of cards issued are a result of obtaining a qualification legitimately. Read Build UK’s response to the issues raised in the Newsnight programme.
And see what CITB’s head of fraud investigation says here.
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.