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Experienced site workers to lose Grandfather Rights to skills cards

Experienced site workers to lose Grandfather Rights to skills cards

31 March 2019 Email this article


More than 60,000 experienced construction workers will no longer be able to renew their skills cards under the “Grandfather Rights” system.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has confirmed it will be phasing out the Grandfather Rights scheme from 2020 and abolishing it completely from 2024.

Officially known as Industry Accreditation, the scheme allowed workers to obtain CSCS cards based on their industry knowledge and an employers’ recommendation rather than the achievement of a recognised qualification.

While CSCS closed Industry Accreditation to new applicants in 2010, those already holding a card are currently able to renew on the same basis. However, from 1st January 2020, all cards renewed under Industry Accreditation will expire on 31st December 2024 and CSCS will stop issuing the card from 30th June 2024.

Discussing the change, Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said: “Following the closure of the Construction Related Occupation card and the Construction Site Visitor Card, cards gained by Industry Accreditation are the only cards in the CSCS scheme which do not require the cardholder to achieve a recognised qualification.

“Industry Accreditation does not support industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce and as such it will be withdrawn.”