Wholesale changes should be made to the skills card regime for operators, to ensure they receive more foundation training and a better appreciation of site safety, according to a leading trainer.
Mick Norton of Roger Bullivant sits on the CPCS operator card committee, but stressed his personal view was to see more practical training, including the eradication of the current touchscreen health and safety test.
'We need to get out of suits and get down amongst the operators. Does the touchscreen test infer training? No. Is it really testing the knowledge of the workers? I would like to see a one-day safety awareness course for CPCS candidates.'
Of nearly 14,000 operators who qualified for CPCS cards in 2004, only 4,300 had come in via foundation training, with the rest coming in by the experienced worker assessment route.
Mr Norton said: 'I'd like to see more emphasis on foundation training and the abandoning of the experienced worker and fast-track routes. The competence of the assessors should be paramount.'
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