Unite recently warned against a new scaffolding card scheme proposed by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB); however, the ECITB has denied the existence of any new scheme in the pipeline.
The ECITB told us that it is developing a new training module for scaffolders working overseas as part of its International Competence in Engineering (ICE) card, which has been in existence since 2013 and is already widely used overseas as a standardised indicator of competence.
Chris Claydon, Chief Executive for the ECITB, said, “We are currently developing a training, development and assessment programme for scaffolders working overseas in response to interest from international engineering companies. Separately, offshore fabric maintenance companies in the UK have expressed an interest in a common scheme which supports the development and assessment of offshore scaffolders against a relevant standard.
“We have no plans to bring in a new scaffolding card scheme in the UK. The new programme, which would be entirely voluntary, would award scaffolders based overseas the International Competence in Engineering (ICE) card, which has been in existence since 2013 and is used widely overseas as a standardised indicator of competence.
“The ECITB is committed to ensuring training supports the highest standards of safety across engineering construction sites. We are currently in discussion with the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) regarding compatibility between the CISRS card and the new programme.”