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CSCS chief Trevor Walker faces no confidence vote

Trevor Walker, the chairman of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, faces a vote of no confidence next week after threats that some of the scheme’s employer owners could break away.

CSCS board members will vote to decide whether Mr Walker should continue to lead the organisation on Tuesday, Construction News has learned.

A joint statement issued by some of the industry’s largest trade bodies – which partly own the card scheme – said the move was necessary after members had raised concerns.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Construction Industry Council, Federation of Master Builders, National Specialist Contractors Council and UK Contractors Group said it was essential the scheme was well run to enable contractors to deliver a qualified and competent workforce on site.

They said:  “It is apparent that our members have concerns about a number of issues in relation to the scheme at the moment, and as part owners of the CSCS card scheme, we are addressing the points raised.

“CECA, CIC, FMB, NSCC and UKCG are working closely together to find solutions that will steer CSCS in a direction so that it can regain the full support of its customers and affiliates.

“We remain fully committed to the principle of a fully qualified workforce and are determined to find a solution that will work for the whole industry.”

The move comes after some of the scheme’s employer owners threatened to break away.

“People just want a clear unambiguous management structure going forward and Trevor’s face perhaps no longer fits in that role.”

Source close to CSCS

A source close to the scheme said:  “There was a risk that a number of bodies may walk away from CSCS and look to set up something different.”

Another source said the move was a last resort and all parties had “hoped to get past any differences”.

“People just want a clear unambiguous management structure going forward and Trevor’s face perhaps no longer fits in that role.”

Mr Walker has been in the role since 2006.

The move comes after CITB-ConstructionSkills – which administers the CSCS scheme – revealed it had put its contract on notice.

A CITB spokesman said:  “CITB-ConstructionSkills is a service provider for CSCS cards – which is owned and managed by a separate organisation. This is a matter for the owners of the card scheme.”

In a statement released to Construction News Mr Walker said:   “A small group of employer based trade bodies led by UKCG and NSCC with close links to CITB, are finding the concept of change difficult as clearly are CITB who found changes to their existing support services and systems difficult to contemplate, hence their business decision to withdraw from the admin delivery contract.  

“CSCS fully respects this business decision though is not convinced it is necessarily in the best interests of industry.

“Recently CSCS has written to CITB and all other industry involved bodies inviting them to join in reopened discussions with us to see how we may move forward for the common good. CSCS have received support from across industry, though interestingly not from the small group of employer member representatives who have stated they will not support this proposal.

“In the meantime this small group of employers have been pressing for direct control of CSCS, threatening the very independence that makes CSCS so effective a body for the good of the whole construction industry.”

CSCS cards are demanded as proof of competence by contractors and both public and private clients.

London Underground was the latest client to throw its weight behind the scheme when it announced last month that all workers on its sites must be “registered on the CSCS scheme or able to prove competence in some other appropriate way”.

See also Embattled CSCS chief accuses critics of ‘misinformation’, which sets out Trevor Walker’s full position.

This page was updated on 2 August 2012.

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