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CSCS and CITB-ConstructionSkills Issue Statement on Joint Working

To the Editor of Building Magazine:

Over the past 12 months, Building magazine has consistently reported the views of anonymous sources in connection with the relationship between CSCS and CITB-ConstructionSkills. This has served to damage the reputation of CITB-ConstructionSkills and CSCS and undermine the excellent work being done across the industry to qualify the workforce.

At the instigation of George Brumwell and Sir Michael Latham, CITB-ConstructionSkills and CSCS are currently engaged in highly constructive discussions over our shared vision to qualify the workforce. Despite the extremely sad news of George’s death, both boards intend to press ahead as quickly as possible with this work.

Within the next two weeks, CITB-ConstructionSkills is planning to share with the industry the details about the various relevant schemes - CSCS, CPCS and the CITB-ConstructionSkills’ Health and Safety Test - to encourage debate on the options for future joint-working between the two organisations.

We hope that the reporting from now on will be professional and constructive. These matters are too important to be hampered by poor press standards; the chance for a fully qualified, professional and safe industry is at stake.

Graham Medcroft (Vice Chairman, CSCS) and
Peter Rogerson (Deputy Chairman, CITB-ConstructionSkills)

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