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CPA Card Scheme Open Meetings 2019

CPA Card Scheme Open Meetings 2019

5 January 2019 Email this article

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has announced that it will hold a number of open meetings to discuss the future of card schemes in 2019.

This comes after delegates at a CPA-organised Training of Plant in Construction (TOPIC) event held in April 2018 discussed the interface of plant-based card schemes and construction sector employers.

The driver for discussion was the announcement made previously by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), as part of its Vision 2020 programme, that it would divest the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) – its card scheme for plant operators –  and have since confirmed that the qualification awarding body NOCN are the preferred bidders.

The CPA has stated this is the time to review all construction plant operator card schemes. It has suggested that industry must explore how they function now and in the future, how standards can be maintained and improved and how they will best benefit the sector’s interests. In light of this, the organisation carried out a survey that sought views from industry about how card schemes should be used through a short questionnaire.

The feedback from this survey indicated that industry should maintain some control of the standards for all plant-based card schemes and welcomed the opportunity to participate at any arranged regional meetings to discuss the future iteration of all card schemes in construction.

As a result, the CPA has announced that it will host a number of open meetings in 2019:

·       Wednesday 16th January 2019 - Reading

·       Thursday 17th January 2019 - Solihull

·       Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - Leeds

·       Thursday 24th January 2019 – Stirling