NAS re-launches ‘Shopfitting and Interior Contractor Competency Scheme’

The latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) report forecasts that between 2016 – 2020, the annual construction output growth in the UK will average an increase of 2.5%[1]. This upsurge is predicted to necessitate 230,000 new workers in the next five years which will have an impact on compulsory skills and employment requirements. To ensure qualifications and training meet industry and sector standards while maintaining and developing a skilled workforce, NAS is relaunching its ‘Shopfitting and Interior Contractor Competency Scheme’ (SICCS).

First launched 1st December 2009, the scheme enables employees to demonstrate the necessary level of competence, qualifications and health and safety awareness required for this sector with one single card. Furthermore, it aims to differentiate the shopfitting and interior contracting sector specifications from the construction industry, and at the same time, apply standards commonly accredited within the sector.

Rather than identifying one card scheme, the Construction Leadership Council has agreed that from January 2015 the industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and the government, should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no other equivalent schemes accepted. This ensures that an individual’s occupational competency, from apprentice through to director level, is guaranteed. Prerequisite knowledge and a high level of health and safety awareness through the achievement of the existing CITB Health, Safety and Environmental Test are paramount to becoming a part of the SICCS scheme.

Cardholders also benefit from key accredited learning programmes, developed by the Shopfitting Independent Training Forum (SITF) in conjunction with CITB, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry. The high training standards equip individuals with relevant skills to enter the industry and offer a quality guarantee to prospective employers.

Card schemes including the SICCS Card carrying the CSCS logo adequately meet the requirements set out in a recent CSCS status report. To find out more, please visit here.

To apply for a card, download the application from the NAS website.

For further enquiries, please contact NAS House, telephone: +44 (0)1883 624961

[1] Industry Insights, Construction Skills Network Forecasts 2016 – 2020

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