CITB Revise Support to Employers: the 20 week grant claim processing rule is frozen, they urge employers to check their Grant Online accounts for claims which need authorising, and to sign and return any paper Grant Claim forms we have issued as quickly as possible. Heath and Safety test centre from Friday 20 March 2020 are temporarily closed they are working on alternative ways to test. All training at National Construction Colleges is cancelled. Skills and training fund will launch as planned on 01 April 2020. All spring engagements are cancelled, on-line alternatives will be issued soon. Although college provision will cease liaison with CITB Apprenticeship Offices will continue via electronic means. CITB Approved training Organisations are encouraged to relax cancellation and refund policies. CITB encourage all Site Safety Plus centres to relax cancellation and refund policies, additionally, any delegate whose SMSTS/SSSTS achievement has expired since 15 March 2020 and who hasn’t been able to renew in time due to COVID-19, will be allowed to take the refresher rather than the full course. Quality Assurance activities are reduced to electronic responses. Investigations will be risk assessed case by case as CITB’s compliance teams are committed to continuing their important work of identifying and protecting the construction industry from fraud risks relating to training delivery.
News and decisions on Skills Build and WorldSkills are yet to be made.
All Ambassador events are postponed until the end of April 2020.
For more detail check: https://www.citb.co.uk/urgent-messages/
CSCS latest: CSCS are asking the industry to support the following temporary measures:
- Requesting employers and those responsible for site access and card checking procedures to use their discretion towards workers whose cards have expired since mid-March onward and who can provide evidence that they have been unable to sit their test or undertake the required training as a result of the closure of Test and Training centres.
This is at the employer’s discretion until the situation has stabilised.
- CSCS has extended the grace period for card renewals from six months after the card expires to 12 months. This means that the card can be renewed, once the CITB Health, Safety and Environmental test has been passed, up to one year from the card’s expiry date.
For more details please see: https://www.cscs.uk.com/applying-for-cards/covid-19/