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12May94 UK: ENGINEERING DATABASE FLOPS AS JUST 4,000 JOIN REGISTER.

Just 4,000 workers have joined the skills register for the engineering construction industry.The skills database was set up in October 1992 with the backing of industry unions and employers.But the poor response has disappointed employers and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board which operates the register.But John Porter, director of the Engineering Construction Industry Association, is confident that there will be a steady flow of registration and renewal.He said: 'We see this as the beginning. The principal advantage is that once the database is established, employers will find it easier to recruit people.'Helen Lindsay, who administers the database, said: 'People obviously think it's worthwhile and employers are calling in to check on people's details.'So far, scaffolders and erectors are the largest groups within the industry to be represented on the database, which costs £10 to join. CONSTRUCTION NEWS