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Fol low the lead of Bov is on training

IT IS ALL too common for construction unions and major contractors to be at each other's throats over safety and pay. But now, at least in the vital field of site training, common sense is prevailing.

The joint effort by Preston College, Ucatt and Bovis Lend Lease to set up on-site learning centres for training and skills assessment has not come too soon.

On-site assessment offers the main hope of registering sufficient numbers of construction workers to make the Construction Skills Certifications Scheme a practical and useful tool for subcontractors and main contractors alike.

The problem is that this pathway towards the prized CSCS skills card was limited to a handful of small pilot projects and on one or two BAA sites.

Bovis's decision to establish learning centres on all its bigger sites appears to be a genuine effort by one of the country's biggest construction managers to record and improve the skills of its subcontractors.

It's about time some other majors did more than pay lip service to the skills register and followed this lead.

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