Thanks to the launch of a new online CSCS training course early this year, hundreds of UK construction workers have now been able to obtain their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Labourer card, at a time and place that suits them.
Launched by COSAC, the work-focussed training academy based in Runcorn, Safe2Site is the first online course approved by CSCS as a route to the Labourer Card.
The Labourer card was introduced to help site managers verify that people working in labouring occupations have achieved the RQF Level 1 (Level 4 in Scotland) Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, or an approved alternative course, such as Safe2Site.
Since its introduction in March this year, the first-time pass rate of the course has been well over 99%, with an overall 100% pass rate to date.
CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. By ensuring workers hold the appropriate qualifications and training, the CSCS card plays its part in improving standards and safety of UK construction sites.
Andy Mason, managing director of COSAC, said: “In an industry like construction, time is very much at a premium. However, one of the main challenges many in the sector are facing, is getting workers qualified to the required standards for their occupation. Our Safe2Site course is a convenient and efficient solution to an essential course that until now involved taking extended periods offsite to complete. Our course allows Labourers to study in short, interactive bursts which maximises knowledge retention and helps them get the necessary skills to obtain the CSCS Labourer card.
“Since our launch three months ago, it’s been great to see a diverse mix of men and women of all ages taking the course. From people with additional learning requirements such as dyslexia or workers for whom English isn’t their first language, they’ve all been able to take and pass the course first time.
“House building has been singled out as a priority for the UK government over the coming years. As a result, it’s clear to see that the need for fully trained construction workers will become even more pertinent, but we’re pleased to be able to do our bit to help.”
Using the power of remote invigilation technology, the online course allows a course supervisor the ability to monitor candidates as they take part in the exam using audio, video and remote screen share tools.
Although not a legislative requirement, most contractors and major house builders require construction workers to hold a valid CSCS card before permitting them on their site. Last year alone, there were approximately 140,000 green Labourer cards issued.
Find out more about COSAC at www.cosac.co.uk