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Skills card is not worth all the grief


Sir, What an admission by Mike Harvey, CTA scheme manager at the CITB's National Construction College (Construction News, January 9).

I quote: 'The CTA scheme has never purported to be a competency card.'

If the card is not a statement of competency, what is the point of it? All that time and money spent obtaining CTA certification and the assessment does not confirm you are competent.

People spend less time and money getting a driving licence and when they pass your test they are considered competent to drive a 100 mph-plus car or an HGV on crowded motorways.

Is the CITB not capable of training operators to be competent?

It strikes me that the CITB is either inept or just a bit precious about plant operator training and views the CTA scheme and all the re-assessment and log book rigmarole as a revenue-earner.

With 40 years of experience in plant operator and service training I fully support training. But let common sense prevail and get some of these enthusiastic young people into driving seats without all this grief.

John Woodward Wroxton Banbury Oxfordshire