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Ripped off by training changes


Sir, Your correspondent Mr J Woodward (Letters, February 6) implies that the log book/competency card scheme for plant operators is for new operators only. This is not the case.

As a plant operator for more than 40 years I feel aggrieved that yet again I will have to pay to prove my competence. I have already paid for the Certificate of Training Achievement and the CTA Certificate of Training, for which I had to be tested on each category on the ticket, at a further cost to me of £400.

Now this is to be changed again to a log book, at an as yet unknown cost, which I feel should not apply to any operator who holds a CTA certificate.

New drivers should undergo a period of training and testing on each category that they apply for. They should leave fully trained and ready for employment; so why the need for a log book?

When the CITB has milked us for this scheme, what will they think up next time?

J A Murphy, Gravesend, Kent