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New chairman must grab chance for change at CPCS


Sir, The recent resignation of John Gladstone as chairman of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme management committee presents an ideal opportunity to consider radical change in the way the scheme is managed.

Many employers, training providers and other bodies would relish a reconstituted management committee with its employer representatives possessing a firm pedigree in plant operation, NVQs and health and safety.

There is no doubt the disproportionate allocation of places to the Construction Plant-hire Association and the Construction Confederation on the committee is wrong.

There is also no place at the table for training providers.

After the CSCS pulled away from the administrative and financial control of CITB-ConstructionSkills there has been much debate at Bircham Newton as to what will happen to the CPCS.

Radical changes are afoot by the business developers and financial planners at the CITB.

This will probably affect many training providers.

There is yet again indecision by the CPCS management committee.

To my mind there are a number of unanswered questions:

Why have CPCS training providers, keen to forward-plan, only received a six-month extension of their accreditation?

Why are training providers still struggling to get sufficient guidance from the CITB or City and Guilds on new NVQ qualifications?

Will CPCS training providers without a training area facility lose their accreditation in June 2006?

Is the very existence of CPCS in question if the NVQ retains its rightful place as the true measure of competence?

Now is an ideal time for the CITB and its secretariat to stick their heads above the parapet and re-constitute the CPCS management committee as a matter of urgency.

Mick Norton Group training manager (Plant) Roger Bullivant Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire