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Give some credit to us craftsmen of old

Sir,

IN HIS letter on grandfather rights and the CSCS scheme, Bill Jenkins referred to those in the industry without formal qualifications (Construction News, March 11).

I take his comment as an insult to many fine craftsmen who served bound apprenticeships for five years, and studied at evening classes and technical colleges to attain City and Guilds and advanced certificates in their trades, as I did nearly 45 years ago.

I happen to hold CSCS certification through grandfather rights, not that I have ever been asked about it, and I certainly do not need it to prove my worth as a craftsman.

I am well aware grandfather rights includes many operatives within the industry considered worthy of status by recommendation through their employer.

I support good training and a scheme that gives recognition to good craftsmen, but at least I think credit should be given to those craftsmen with invaluable knowledge and experience who served the industry long before NVQs were thought of.

George Butter

Market Drayton

Shropshire