Overseas Qualifications Under the Spotlight

Over the last few years CSCS has made a number of high profile changes that ensure construction workers hold the correct qualifications for the job they do on site. The most well-known of these was the recent withdrawal of the Construction Related Occupation and the planned closure of the Construction Site Visitor card. However, one area that is[read more]

CSCS Goes Back to Basics

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) was set up 23 years ago to ensure that everyone who works on UK building sites has the training and qualifications they need for their role. However, over time that original aim was lost. “When I joined in 2012 the Construction Site Operative (CSO) card, which required no qualifications to obta[read more]

CSCS Announce Price Rise

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will be increasing the cost of a card to £36 (this includes VAT) with effect from 1st September 2018. This increase applies to all cards administered directly by CSCS. CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. A CSCS card provides proof that individual[read more]

TICA Skill Card

What Does the Card Mean and How Can You Use it as an Employer to Assist Your Business? In May 2017, TICA took over delivery of the CSCS affiliated Skill Card for all Thermal Insulators as an additional part of our role as the Sector Skills Council (SSC) and Standards Setting Body (SSB). The role of TICA as SSC and SSB is to define what qualif[read more]

TICA to Host Webinar: A Guide to 20% Off the Job Rules for Employers

TICA Curriculum Manager, Hellen Pemberton will present to members an informative session explaining how to administer the 20% Off The Job Training for Thermal Insulation apprentices employed within your business. Overview: Reviewing the 20% Off the Job rules and how they are interpreted by TICA as a provider to deliver an effective apprentice[read more]

CSCS to Withdraw 100,000 Construction Site Visitor Cards

Most people are familiar with the contribution made by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) towards improving standards and safety on UK construction sites. For several years now the strategic direction of the scheme has focused on ensuring that all applicants achieve a nationally recognised construction related qualification. [read more]

PQ Reform: Build UK Need TICA Member Support

Build UK’s work on Pre-Qualification Reform has reached an important milestone.  The Common Assessment Standard (CAS), which they have developed with members like TICA, aims to improve industry productivity through a streamlined Pre-Qualification process, is nearly finished. Build UK has now asked for TICA Members to volunteer to help support th[read more]

Build UK Update

Build UK updated trade association members including TICA at the may forum and below is a summary of current topics: Duty to Report – the Duty to Report on Payment Practices and Performance requires all large companies who meet at least two of the following thresholds for two consecutive financial years to report on their payment practices eve[read more]

20% Off the Job Training for Apprentices

We recently communicated with members regarding the mandatory requirement for all apprentices to spend at least 20% of their training programme time on “Off the Job Training” (OTJT), the majority of this time will be spent at the National Training Centre in Darlington.  We monitor and log the OTJT time for each apprentice as this is audited and mon[read more]

New Rules for 20% ‘Off the Job’ Training

TICA has produced a guide to help employers in England and Wales understand and work to the current ESFA funding rules on planning and delivering a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. From May 2017 the Government, through its funding agency the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), has introduced new rules to manage the delivery of off-th[read more]