Guidance on work experience students

CSCS is asking employers to remember that not everyone on their site needs a CSCS card.

Despite this, many sites still insist that everyone, including non-construction staff such as security guards, caterers and cleaners, should hold a CSCS card.

Alan O’Neile, Head of Communications at CSCS said: “The rigid enforcement of a 100% carded workforce results in legitimate, non-construction related, workers being refused entry to site as they do not hold a card. This indicates a misunderstanding of the card schemes carrying the CSCS logo and undermines the construction industry’s desire for a fully qualified, as opposed to carded, workforce.”

This practice is also preventing work experience students from accessing construction sites. CSCS does not issue cards to work experience students. Students on work experience placements are not construction workers, they are on site to better understand what a career in construction could be like. As such, work experience students do not require a CSCS card.

Alan O’Neile continued: “Work experience students are there to perform a non-construction related activity and it is the responsibility of site management team to ensure they remain safe at all times when on site.”

Each site will operate differently so it is up to the employer as to how they keep those on work placements safe. This often includes the delivery of a site induction highlighting the specific dangers of a site and arranging for individuals to be appropriately escorted when on site.

The decision not to issue cards for work experience students is supported by the Construction Leadership Council’s announcement that not everyone needs a card to gain access to site and cards should only be issued to those working in construction related occupations.