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Partner Card Scheme GQA announce new card design

Published: January 29, 2021

GQA, the CSCS Partner Card Scheme which issues the Q-card has announced the launch of a new Card design.

CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do. By ensuring the workforce is appropriately qualified the card plays its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.

Most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.

The new Q-card design, as well as containing the holder’s information accessible via a QR code, gives the cards a distinct colour scheme to align them more closely with the coloured cards issued by CSCS and some of the other Partner Card Schemes, and will enable site managers to be able to recognise the holder’s skills levels immediately.

Speaking about the change Mick Clayton, CEO of GQA Qualifications explains,

“We have launched the new colour coded version of our Q-Card, which means at a glance, a site manager can see the skill level and qualifications of the holder and safely admit them to a site”.

“The GQA Q-Card carries the CSCS logo and is a part of the Construction Leadership Council and CSCS ‘one industry logo’ campaign now entering its sixth year, which seeks to ensure that a single easily recognised logo, with no alternatives accepted, is evident on all cards relevant to construction site access”.

The new design of cards which will be issued to all new applicants with immediate effect, and to those renewing their cards in the following colour classifications:

General Construction Site Labourer Card (Green)
Apprentice, Trainee, or Temporary Card (Red)
Full Card including Skilled Worker (Blue)
Advanced Crafts, Supervisor or Advanced Craft Supervisor (Gold)
Manager (Black)

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