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23 October 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

Following a report on BBC London Tonight (Wednesday 21 October) regarding people fraudulently obtaining Construction Skills Certification Scheme related qualifications, the CSCS has made the following statement:

The CSCS takes the issue of fraudulent activity extremely seriously and it is essential that steps are taken to prevent it. It is important to note that CSCS is not responsible for developing qualifications or delivering construction industry training.


Romanian connection

In the programme (similar to a Security Sting story earlier this year), an undercover team filmed a Romanian 'businessman' taking 'students' through an examination where he called out the answers.

The CSCS relies on the Awarding Organisations (approved by qualifications regulator OFQUAL) to monitor the performance of their approved training providers and to verify that an individual has achieved the required qualifications before a card is issued.

CSCS is now working closely with the Awarding Organisations, CITB, HMRC, the Police, Trading Standards and other agencies to identify and take action against those attempting to deceive construction employers.

In cases where the awarding organisations inform CSCS that a card was obtained fraudulently the card is cancelled immediately and action taken against individuals and organisations attempting to deceive construction employers.

Building firms and unions have united to condemn the fraud with one spokesperson saying that this is not a trivial matter - "one of these untrained people is eventually going to be trusted to do a hazardous job safely...and someone is going to die as a consequence'.

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Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 23 October 2015


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