As you may be aware, the CSCS will stop issuing the generic Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card from 31st March 2017 and all CRO cards issued since October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017. This means that construction contractors will need to prove they have the training and qualifications required to carry out their job and apply for the correct card for their occupation.
Because of a number of enquiries from our fabricator customers, we have used our Associate Membership of the National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) to get help to ensure that individuals who are properly trained fabricators of Corian® can apply for a new card through the National Skills Registration Scheme for the Shopfitting and Interior Contracting Industry (SICCS).
The NAS has introduced the SICCS to ensure that everyone in the sector can demonstrate the necessary level of competence, qualifications and health and safety awareness.
Applications for the SICCS card can be done through the NAS – visit www.shopfitters.org and look for “SICCS” within the “Careers and Training” Section.
You will then be taken through the steps for applying for a card on the site.
The standard fee for a SICCS card is £30.
Any application will need to be accompanied by a copy of Training Certificate in Corian® Fabrication issued by CDUK for each individual.
Once an individual has applied for the card, they will have 2 years to fulfil the requirements of completing health and safety training (the Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test costs £19.50) and of securing a S/NVQ Level 2 in the appropriate occupation.
A Level 2 NVQ in Solid Surface Fabrication does exist and we are working currently with providers to have the course up and running hopefully by September 2017. In the alternative, The City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Furniture, Interiors and Wood Machining would be a suitable and relevant qualification.
Please note: The initial card is NOT RENEWABLE and will lapse unless all elements of training highlighted above have been completed and the individual can show competence.
If you have any further questions then there is a SICCS helpline whose number can be found on the NAS website above. CDUK are also looking to hold an information day run by Robert Hudson, Director of the NAS for Corian® fabricators in the next few months.
On 31st August 2017 (Leeds) and 1st September 2017 (Milton Keynes) we will be hosting 2 seminars by Robert Hudson, National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) Director, to assist you in understanding what you need to do to ensure your staff can apply for a new card through the National Skills Registration Scheme for the Shopfitting and Interior Contracting Industry (SICCS).
If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Paula Jackson at email@example.com or 0113 201 2259.
For more information see our latest blog post.