The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has joined forces with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) to conduct an industry-wide survey aimed at assessing card scheme fraud and card checking procedures on UK construction sites.
The use of fake cards in the construction industry was recently highlighted by the National Crime Agency’s prosecution of an organised gang dealing in false identity documentation, which included a number of construction industry certification cards.
All workers on construction sites should hold the correct qualifications and training for the type of work they carry out. Employers need to be confident that if they are shown a card it is legitimate and that the person showing it has the appropriate qualifications to be carrying out their job onsite.
The survey will focus on:
- Getting a better understanding of the problems caused by fraudulent cards
- How card checks are carried out on site and what information is verified
- Whether smart technology could be better employed to help tackle card fraud
Anyone who works in construction can take part in the survey here.
The survey will close on 31 March 2015.
Braden Connolly, Head of Product Management at CITB said: “It is essential that steps are taken to stamp out the fraudsters. CITB continues to share intelligence and work with the authorities wherever the evidence suggests criminal activity is taking place.
“The survey will help us better understand the scale of the problem and assist us in tackling it. We hope it will also raise awareness of card fraud and encourage industry to carry out thorough card checks and to report suspect cards to CITB.”
CSCS Chief Executive Graham Wren said: “Unless people use consistent and accurate methods of checking cards to certificate workers’ training and qualifications, the schemes cannot fulfil the roles they were designed for. The smart technology within CSCS cards is a simple and cost-effective way to do this, and we are keen to find out more about how it is being utilised on sites across the UK.”
For further information contact:
CITB: Billy Nickson t: 0300 456 7574 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
CSCS: Alan O’Neile t: 0207 291 0743 m: 07917 363065 e: email@example.com
Note to the editor:
CITB is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (Scotland, England and Wales). We are working to ensure that construction employers have the right skills, in right place, at the right time by investing funds and providing a wide range of industry-led skills and training solutions.
We are also a partner in ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the UK construction industry, and we are raising employer engagement in training, providing labour market insights on future skills needs and developing standards and qualifications for the sector. For more details on our work please visit: www.citb.co.uk.
Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) was established in 1995. The principle objective of CSCS is to provide the construction industry with a means of certifying that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications.
CSCS and many other card schemes have a long standing relationship with CITB, aimed at ensuring the schemes continue to meet the needs of industry and work together in the wider interests of UK construction.
CITB and CSCS take the issue of fraud extremely seriously, and security reviews of the scheme are carried out on a regular basis.
CITB works with HMRC, the Police, Trading Standards and other agencies to identify and take action against those attempting to deceive construction employers.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Card_Scheme_Fraud_Survey
Smartcards contain a microchip that stores and displays an individual’s identification, qualifications and training. Employers can check the data recorded on the chip in seconds by either using a card reader or with apps accessed via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Since early 2015 all cards issued by CSCS contain Smartcard technology. CSCS is continually engaging with industry to highlight the benefits that Smartcard technology can bring. This is fully in line with the Industrial Strategy for Construction,which expects all construction industry card schemes to be using Smart technology by 2020.