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Skanska launches mobile test for subbies

SKANSKA has introduced a mobile testing unit to travel between major sites so subcontractors can take the health and safety test needed for a CSCS skills card.

Chief executive David Fison said: 'As a major contractor, we have a responsibility to ensure subcontractors working on Skanska sites gain CSCS cards.

'Many do not have the resources, time or back-up support to organise tests on their own, so our mobile centre does it for them.'

The initiative is part of the firm's commitment to meet the Major Contractors Group target for a 100 per cent qualified construction workforce by the end of this year.

The unit is currently at the Swiss Re site in the City of London. It will move next week to Skanska's Private Finance Initiative project to modernise the MOD's Whitehall headquarters, then on to a PFI hospital project in Coventry.

More than 50 people a day are taking their tests at Swiss Re with up to 1,500 people expected to take the CSCS test at the mobile centre over the next two months.

Subcontractor John Sweeney from Sweeney Carpentry and Joinery said: 'This is an excellent service provided by Skanska to enable our employees to gain CSCS cards.

'It was very efficiently done with most of our people back on site within an hour.'