mayhew wrote:if you know anything about the construction industry then you would know about the Construction Skills Certification Scheme which is run by the UK Government.
Sorry to add to the whingeing and whining
Is that quite correct, mayhew? From the CSCS website the organisation appears to have directors and it is also stated 'Who administers the CSCS scheme? (Answer:) ConstructionSkills"
Mention of the CSCS can also be found on the website of the Health and Safety Authority, which I believe is an Irish government organisation - and there it is only stated that holders of a CSCS card have received appropriate training in Health and Safety, with no mention being made of any need for skills proficiency testing, as is mentioned on the CSCS website. You CAN have some qualifications but it is not stipulated as being necessary to get a card.
From the CSCS website:
HOW TO APPLY
Ask you for your occupation, name date of birth, home address and National Insurance number
Talk to you about your current job, your past experience, whether you have any qualifications and if you belong to a professional body
Agree with you which CSCS card you should apply for and which health and safety test you need to book
Tell you whether you need any additional qualifications or training to apply for a CSCS card
Confirm whether you need to send any paperwork with your completed and signed application form
Ask for details of your credit or debit card to pay £30 for your CSCS card
Send you an application form for you to complete and return"
Have a look for yourself...
I'm sorry - but it all seems pretty fishy to me as well....
PS: You wouldn't happen to be a director of the company "Construction Skills", would you?