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Skills cards invalid after CITB cock-up

NEWS

PLANT operators in Scotland have been working with invalid skills cards after a paperwork cock-up by CITB-ConstructionSkills.

Five workers discovered they had been operating illegally since they were awarded cards in 2000 at the National Construction College in Glasgow.

Douglas Sayers of Berwick was preparing to work for an agency last month when checks showed his card was invalid.

He said: 'I was told I would have to stump up for a new card but since Construction News got involved there has been an investigation and now I've been told I won't have to pay the cost myself of resitting the test.' A CITB-ConstructionSkills spokesman said: 'There was an error in registering and processing Mr Sayer's application and four others in 2000.

We will be working with them to ensure they obtain CPCS cards at no cost. Since 2000 we have overhauled our systems.'