CISRS Issue Response to CPD 2017 Scaffolder Protests

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CISRS Issue Response to CPD 2017 Scaffolder Protests

Following the furious protests by scaffolders about Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) plans for a mandatory  CPD to be introduced next year, the Scheme has responded by setting up a specific CPD page on its website responding to ‘misinformation’ it says is being circulated around the sector.

The webpage provides background information on the introduction of the new scheme, explaining why CISRS has concluded that CPD is necessary, proposed course content, and answers some of the questions that have been raised by concerned scaffolders and employers.

CISRS says the Industry has had a mixed response to the CPD plans, but that there are many across the wider industry who have welcomed the idea.

Graham Wren, Chief Executive at the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) said:

 “Following the publication of the Industrial Strategy for Construction in 2013, the construction industry has refocused its efforts on ensuring the workforce is appropriately qualified. Continuous professional development (CPD) is an effective method of ensuring all construction workers keep up to date with the latest developments and processes. CSCS welcomes the introduction of CPD as part of the renewal process for a CISRS card, further reinforcing the highly skilled reputation of UK scaffolders.”

Cost and funding
Many of the scaffolders protesting against the introduction of CPD were focused on the cost of the course and should pay for it, rather than the principle of CPD itself. CISRS are currently in discussions with CITB to see if any additional funding can be sourced to help offset the costs of the CPD programme.

CISRS also refute the allegation that CPD for Scaffolders has been driven by training providers and say it cannot be described as a “knee jerk” reaction. They say it is an agenda that has been pushed by wider industry for many years, particularly the HSE in the case of scaffolding. CISRS and ASITO have been convinced it is the right thing to do for scaffolding as a safety-critical sector.

Ray Cooke, Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit at the Health & Safety Executive said:

"'HSE Inspectors sometimes come across scaffolders on site who are not up to date on current accepted practices with respect to safe erection and dismantling of scaffolding. This is an issue that is easily resolved through CPD and HSE welcomes the introduction of this into the CISRS scheme. This brings the scheme into line with many other construction trades and it will have a very positive effect, particularly for those who may not have received any formal training in many years. It should help employers demonstrate that their operatives have the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to fulfil their duties under the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015."

CISRS said it “understands that there will always be a reaction to changes within a sector, but we are hoping to dispel some of the myths that have emerged in recent weeks. The web page will be updated regularly and a Frequently Asked Questions section is currently being put together.”


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