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Low show at card school

By Mike Travers

The organisers of an event in Stirling to help shape the future of operator card schemes said they were “disappointed” at the turnout.

Delegates – mainly from contractors and training providers – took part in the debate organised by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) but attendance was lower than those at similar meetings in England.

The events were in response to the Construction Industry Training Board’s decision last August to sell the Construction Plant Competence Scheme. CPA wants clarification on the status of various ‘passport’ schemes that assess an operator’s ability to take the controls of various equipment types.

Peter Brown, the association’s technical and development manager, told the Stirling audience that one of the main aims was to look towards greater transparency of card schemes as quality assurance could vary between the various options.

Other issues for debate included operator representation, how skills and competence should be assessed, and setting standards for all card schemes.

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 3/2/2019