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Ivory tower approach to skills doesn't work


Sir, Let me take your readers'minds back to the statement issued by the new CPCS management committee when they changed the plant operators' skills scheme.'This is the scheme the industry wants so if you don't like us, get rid of us' Contrast this with: 'The uptake of NVQs has been disappointing and is causing panic at Bircham Newton.' I quote a senior source at CPCS.

Is this not the industry telling them that they do not want NVQs? It seems a clear enough message to me but I don't hear the sound of desks clearing and fond goodbyes.

The training providers and assessors who talk to the industry and its workforce have been ignored in their warnings and treated with astounding arrogance by those in their ivory towers who have hijacked what was a workable scheme and are now dictating ludicrously expensive and protracted avenues of qualification.

Instead of resignations at CPCS we are now receiving missives pleading for training providers to attend meetings with a view to helping them out of their own mess.

Had they employed people who knew the construction industry and its people or had they listened to the training providers, they would know that a high proportion of these skilled workers are in this industry because they have no academic inclination or ability.

They want to be 'hands-on' in a physical work environment.Who can blame them?

The NVQ has, in my experience, always been a very questionable qualification and has proved in the past to be open to abuse, and skulduggery.Who is pushing for NVQs and why?

Don Frodsham Newport, Gwent