Challenging times call for flexibility, innovation, patience and much more.

We’d like to thank all our staff, clients and friends for their continued support as the current situation impacts on everyone.

We have had a number of courses cancelled and moved many more in order to reduce the risk of infection and the impact on industry in line with government guidance and instruction, but we are continuing to operate where we can. Our training team continue to operate remotely supported by a much-reduced admin team.

We are delighted to be supporting various key workers and will continue to offer support to those who need it whilst maintaining all current best hygiene practice and social distancing. Support may include training for key workers, help and advice etc.

Bookings are still being taken, phones and emails are still manned – although response times may slip a little.

Many of our awarding bodies are offering grace periods where qualifications may be about to or have recently expired or are offering flexibility through delivery and accreditation. Further details and updates below.

ECITB

Due to a number of CCNSG courses being cancelled at short notice the ECITB recognise that some delegates, when able to re-attend a course, will have a card that has exceeded the 3-month expiry grace period for renewal. In the majority of cases, this will be at no fault of the delegate and as such the ECITB will be extending the grace period for renewal to 6 months from anyone attending a course after Monday 16th March 2020. This extension will be reviewed regularly over the coming months and updates communicated accordingly.

CITB

Time-bound qualifications and cards – card schemes are urging site managers to show appropriate lenience to those with cards expired from mid-March and have relaxed renewal windows. CITB has waived some of the fees for rescheduling or cancelling HS&E tests and for the duration of this crisis, we will accept SSSTS and SMSTS renewals beyond expiry.

CII

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 CII examinations have been postponed from Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice and all candidates are advised not to travel to any testing centres.

NPORS

NPORS encourage all training providers to use their online MyNPORS system as this will ensure that registrations are processed in a timely fashion. The major advantage of using MyNPORS is that there is a temporary pass letter available which has now been extended to a 90 day validity period in order to allow operators to access work sites in the event that we are unable to produce the physical card in these uncertain times.

A final point. Stay safe and well, let’s emerge at the end of this crisis a stronger and united country.

Jon Powney

Technical Director

C&G Services