The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has agreed to sell its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group, one of the sector’s largest awarding organisations.

It has described the move as part of its Vision 2020 programme of reform “to better meet the demands of British construction”.

CITB said that it plans to take on a more strategic and influential role focusing on securing the right training mix, high standards and quality assurance, building employer confidence in the market.

The CPCS provides skills cards to individual workers involved in the plant sector of the construction and allied industries with each card providing identification and recognises the competence and qualifications of the individual holder.

The scheme maintains health, safety and environmental standards through a programme of testing to prove that workers comply with minimum standards.

Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director of NOCN Group, said: “With this acquisition, NOCN Group continues to build its education and skills investment in the construction sector.”

NOCN has successfully integrated CSkills Awards to become the premium construction qualifications brand, he went on, now CPCS will further widen its product range, giving the Plant industry a single organisation to go to for its skills needs.

Aiming to ensure a smooth changeover of systems and processes with minimal disruption to employees and customers, the transition is expected to happen in two phases with completion expected by August 2019.

CITB Director of Products and Services Braden Connolly said: “Card schemes will continue to play an important role in demonstrating workforce competence and by stepping away from direct delivery, we remove any conflict of interest. CITB will evolve to oversee and ensure standards are maintained, targeting funding to meet current and future skills needs.”

Last reviewed 4 December 2018