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Skills cards vital for a qualif ied workforce

LETTERS

Sir, The frustration aired by the Association of Technical Lightning and Access Specialists about skills cards and training in recent editions of Construction News demonstrates just how important it is for the industry to understand what 'competent' and 'skilled' actually mean.

It is not just about the possession of a card, but having the right training and exper ience behind that card.

Atlas is a member of the National Specialist Contractors Council and both Atlas and NSCC recognise that steeplejacks are extremely specialist.

The training and experience required is comprehensive and only required by a relat ively small number of individuals.

Together with the CITB-ConstructionSkills National Specialist Team, we are working to implement a training and qualification process that meets the needs of the employers represented by Atlas and can be delivered effectively.

This will mean that Atlas members are able to achieve CSCS cards for their workforces and play their part in reaching the fully qualified workforce that the industry, NSCC, and its members desire.

Suzannah Nichol Chief Executive, National Specialist Contractors Council London EC1