•  CITP Ltd & CTA (Construction Training Academy) are pleased to announce new partnership .......

    We are pleased to announce the new partnership of CITP Ltd & CTA. Having recently discussed the possibilties of forming a new working relationship, we are delighted to confirm this. Between both companies, we cover an extensive range of training across the whole of the UK. We have 5 purpose built training centre's which are to the highest of standards.

    For more information, please visit our news page.

     

  • We are now NRSWA Accredited!!

    CITP Ltd have now been accredited for the full  suite of NRSWA training courses. Courses will run monthly at all of our accredited training centers. Our new course list will go live by the end of  July. Costs will start from just £550.00 P/P for operatives and £650.00 P/P for Supervisors. For more info,please call a member of our team - 01189 7000200 or visit our scheduled courses page

  • JOIN THE CITP Ltd TEAM

    Due to our growth over the past 36 months, CITP ltd are on the lookout for a number of full time employees to join the CITP team. The roles available are as follows:

    - Centre Administration - Telesales - NVQ Support - Full time PAYE Trainers or CPCS testers  - Full time PAYE NVQ assessors

    - Sub-contract trainers, CPCS testers & NVQ assessors

    For more information or to apply for either role, please contact Alan Hibbs on 07500703112 or 01189700200

Latest News

WE ARE NOW NRSWA ACCREDITED!!

CITP Ltd have now been accredited for the full  suite of NRSWA training courses. Courses will run monthly at all of our accredited training centers. Our new course list will go live by the end of  July. Costs will start from just £550.00 P/P for operatives and £650.00 P/P for Supervisors. For more info,please call a member of our team - 01189 7000200 or visit our scheduled courses page

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CITP Ltd & CTA (Construction Training Academy) announce new center partnership......

We are extremly pleased to announce a newly formed relationship between ourselves and the CTA (Construction Training Academy). Both have decided by forming this partnership, it could be of benefit not only to our business's progression, but also our large client base's.We feel that to continue to better ourselves and to continue to provide the highly reccommended training standards we have offered to date, this is a prime opportunity for all.

Between companies, a vast amount of construction training is offered to the construction and construction related industries.

We are both accredtied  training providers, to a number of awarding bodies. We will only carry out training requests that are within the capabilities of our constituencies. We will never say we can do something, if we cannot.

Both companies hold the same values and have the same expectations. All course durations we offer are replicated and our course costs are streamlined and extremely competative.

There are 5 dedicated training centre's available, which are located nationally across the U.K. This gives great exposure to both and will certainly allow us to operate to our full potential. All center's are set to the highest of standards and all training courses are set to the same methods of delivery, giving both companies the comfort whether they train with either CITP or CTA.

For more information for this, please contact us on 01189 700200 or email info@constructiontrainingproviders.co.uk

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CITP Ltd In-House Training Cards..............

Please note, CITP Ltd have issued a number of competence training cards over the past 12 months and would like to provide all concerned with information surrounding these cards. CITP Ltd are an accredited provider of a number of awarding bodies and issue cards for many of the related card issuing schemes within the construction industry. We are a sole trader and supply our own training cards when a candidate completes a CITP Ltd standard course. We are in no way connected with nor working on behalf of any of the companies that have had thier logo's branded on our CITP Ltd in-house training cards.

These have been issued on the cards simply to advertise that we offer these services and to confirm we are an accredited provider to these organisations. These cards are nothing other than an in-house training card, which provides proof of training when required. The individual categories can be viewed on the back of the card. 

As stated, the only connection is that we are an accredited center for these constiuencies or we issue cards for thier relevant schemes and we are purely advertising that we offer the services in which the logo's relate to, which are on the bottom of the card. 

Ultimately, these cards are not related to any of the companies, in any way.

For more infomration, please contact a member of staff on 01189 700200.

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CSCS Withdraw CRO card from cheme........................

From the 31st of March 2017 the CSCS will stop issuing the cards and any cards that were issued since the 1st October 2015 will expire on the 30th September 2017.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) have withdrawn the CRO card, meaning holders may need to register for an existing or newly developed qualification, or they may even be asked to move on to one of CSCS’ Partner Card Schemes depending on their occupation. CSCS have introduced a card finder that allows you to put in your occupation to find the right steps to take. Not replacing your card will ultimately mean you won’t be able to get another CSCS card. For more information visit our CSCS page or contact us on 01189 700 200

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING A40 SLINGER/SIGNALLER

With effect from January 19th 2015 this category has  been amended to add endorsements against a range of lifting equipment types to cover the increased use of slingers for a wider variety of lifting operations.

The endorsements are:

A – All Types – all duties

B – All Types – static duties

C – Knuckle boom static only

D – Excavator only

E – Lift truck only

The number of learning outcomes have increased and these include key requirements for marshalling of plant, controlling loads during pick-and-carry duties and knowledge of when additional skills for particular lifting operations are required.

CITP Ltd can offer training and testing on endorsements A and B with 2, 3 and 4 days courses dependant on candidates previous experience.

Existing Card Holders

Those holding the non-endorsed category of A40 will automatically be awarded A40B – All types – Static Duties. 

Cardholders seeking A40A – All types – All duties will need to undertake pick-and carry-specific theory questions (A95). The test consists of 25 questions with a test duration allowed of 20 minutes.

For a fully inclusive fee of £150 + VAT per person, CITP Ltd are providing training and testing to existing A40 cardholders wishing to upgrade to endorsement A40A.

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NEW Temporary Works General Awareness Training course

Launch Date - 29 June 2015

This has been developed in conjunction with the Temporary Works Forum, CECA, UKCG and other industry representatives. This has been designed to provide training for those involved in the temporary works process but who are not undertaking the role of Temporary Works Co-ordinator or Supervisor as defined in BS5975. The course assumes limited or no detailed previous knowledge of temporary works.

 

The Temporary Works General Awareness Training course will:

  • Raise awareness and impart knowledge of what constitutes temporary works, how temporary works is used, common temporary works issues and the temporary works management process 
  • Raise awareness of the roles and responsibilities involved in the temporary works process
  • Set standards that could be applied across industry, and accepted with confidence
  • Allow a transferable knowledge base between employers, thus avoiding unnecessary supplementary training.

NEW Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme

Coming Soon...

All parties who currently run tunnelling safety training and testing have agreed to create and adopt one, industry agreed solution to safe underground working. This one day course will be called the Tunnelling Safety Training Scheme (TSTS). 

 

Once launched the TSTS certificate will replace the existing three options:

  • CITB HS&E specialist tunnelling test
  • Tunnel Safety Card (TSC)
  • Underground Safety Passport (USP).

This is an industry led solution being supported by CITB, TunnelSkills and the British Tunnelling Society (BTS).  From concept through to delivery, contractors, clients and providers have been consulted, often with direct input into development.

 

The course has been designed for anyone working in a tunnel under construction. All issued cards (under current routes) remain valid until they expire*. When an existing card expires, the individual must do the new training and pass the new test. 

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Grant Product Update 63 – Grants Scheme changes

As a result of the change in Legislation (Levy Simplification), employers will be including payments made to NET CIS sub-contractors between 6 April 2015 and 5th April 2016 on their 2016 Levy Return. Therefore:

•         from 6 April 2015, employers will be able to claim grants for training undertaken/achievements issued for both labour-only sub-contractors and NET CIS sub-contractors for the period 6th April 2015 to 31st July 2015

•         from the 1st August 2015 employers will be able to claim for training carried out/achievements issued for NET CIS sub-contractors and PAYE employees only.

This also means that if an employer has a 2014/2015 Training Plan which carries on after the 1st August 2015, they will only be able to claim for NET CIS sub-contractors and PAYE employees for training completed from the 1st August 2015. This means that in all cases employers will need to put the date of training on their claims. We will not be updating Training Plan templates until the 1st August 2015.

Further to this, the CITB Grant Funding Administration Group (GFAG) has today approved that the grant day rate for training will remain at the boosted rate of £50 during the 2015/2016 Grants Scheme. To maintain this however, and to be able to re-direct more money into skills shortage areas which will be identified through our evidence led research, as well as being redirected into upskilling the industry, the Supplementary Payment bonus of 12% will be removed as scheduled, returning the rate to 10% on 1 August 2015. CITB will reinvest all the money that is saved by taking this measure.

These changes to the Grants Scheme are to bring it in line with the change in Legislation (Levy Simplification) and to keep the Grant Scheme stable whilst we undertake our investment funding review.  The investment funding review will ensure that we invest in the skills and training that will address skills gaps and help industry meet the demands of the future.

A communication, in the form of a postcard highlighting these changes, will be sent to all employers within the next two weeks.

If you have any questions regarding this email please feel free to contact the Levy & Grant team.

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IMPORTANT Changes to various CPCS categories - January 2015

New / Amended Categories

We are pleased to announce that the following new categories and amendments to existing categories are now being incorporated within the Scheme and will be available from Monday 12th January 2015:

  • A64: Overhead Travelling Crane*
  • A75: Conveying Pump*
  • A61: Appointed Person*
  • D90F: Demolition Plant Lifting Operations
  • A74: Piling Rig Attendant
  • A40: Slinger/Signaller

The learning outcomes, syllabus, Technical Test criteria and questions will be available on the website and a new format of the Questions and Answers will be available through CPCS-ON during January 2015.

The appendices of this update detail testing processes, notification requirements, system codes and award details (if applicable). Further information is provided relating to concessions, test centre and tester approvals.

*Note: There are no appendices for these categories as there are no new or additional concessions and delivery methods follow normal criteria. Please refer to the relevant CPCS documentation for information about on/off centre status, test timings, record of category experience hours, maximum charges and grant values.

A64: Overhead Travelling Cranes

This category was requested as these types of machine are becoming prolific, particularly within the tunnelling sector. A CPCS industry-led working group was formed in 2013 to develop the standards for this category. Members agreed that there would be two endorsements for this category being:

  • Fixed cab Control - operated from a platform or cab at height (fixed to the bridge or trolley)
  • Remote Operated Control - operated at ground level by the operator with either a pendant control or radio-controlled remote.

To enable learning, twenty two learning outcomes were devised with emphasis being placed on areas which were viewed to be safety critical and includes; tidiness of the work area/good housekeeping to prevent slips, trips and falls; access and egress factors within the working area; footprint of the working area and load swings. Lifting of persons and below ground level load lifting placing are included to cater for the tunnelling sector.

The practical test specification requires the crane to be suitable for the relevant endorsement, with non-cabbed versions needing to be equipped with both a pendant control and radio control unit with the crane having a minimum working area to allow the lifting, travelling and placing of loads, and a minimum lifting capacity. This category will be off centre meaning that testing can be undertaken at any site and it is envisaged that this category will be available on 12 January 2015.

A75: Conveying Pump

A specialist category used in support of screeding operations and designed to pump dry-mix materials. Two machine types are included as endorsements:

  • Pneumatic
  • Worm/piston

Trials of the test have now been completed with testers in a position to deliver advanced tests for experienced testers having 160 number of hours experience. The working group are not providing concession with experience with other categories. The category will be launched on 12 January 2015.

A61: Appointed Person

Originally developed by CPA members and launched in 2006, the CPCS Appointed Person category was reviewed by an industry-led working group during 2014 following feedback that suggesting that it was too biased towards mobile cranes. On review, the methodology of the assessment process, both practical and theoretical were deemed to be suitable for which no significant changes have been made. The main changes and additions to the learning outcomes include:

  • Amending references from crane to lifting equipment to reinforce that the category encompasses all types
  • An understanding of temporary works requirements
  • Increased focus on out-of-service procedures
  • Effects of and requirements for fatigue management
  • Use of a range of duties/lift capacity charts for a range of lifting equipment.

The practical planning task maintains the use of a mobile crane which encompasses the full range of planning skills required. The guidance time of the theory test is increased to 1 hour and 15 minutes, whilst the practical test time remains unchanged. The revised category is planned to be released on 12 January 2015. Updated practical planning scenarios have been designed and supplement the existing ones which may continue to be used until further notice.

D90F: Demolition Plant – Lifting Operations

At the request of the demolition sector, this category has now been enhanced and lifting operations is offered as an endorsement.  The test specification has been modularised to allow both the integration of the endorsement within the main test, and as a stand-alone option for current cardholders. Appendix A outlines the notification details and transfer arrangements.

A74: Piling Rig Attendant

At the request of the piling sector, a category has been devised for those who provide direct support to the formation of piles and work closely with the rig operator. A concessionary route has been provided for experienced rig attendants and outlined in Appendix B.

A40: Slinger/Signaller

Following a request by employers, the category is being amended to add endorsements against a range of lifting equipment types to cover the increased use of slingers for a wider variety of lifting operations. The range includes:

  • A40A - All Types – all duties
  • A40B - All Types – Static duties
  • A40C - Knuckle boom static only
  • A40D – Excavator only
  • A40E - Lift truck only

As a result of the additional endorsements, the number of learning outcomes has increased and these include key requirements for marshalling of plant, controlling loads during pick-and-carry duties and knowledge of when additional skills for particular lifting operations are required. Similarly theory test questions have been increased to reflect the additions to the new safety critical outcomes. The practical test specification states the minimum sized or type of lifting equipment that must be selected for the test, for example the lift truck endorsement requires a telescopic handler. Transfer arrangements for existing cardholders are identified within Appendix C.

A17E: Telescopic Handler – Suspended Loads Non-rough Terrain

The development work for this category is now complete, following escalation of the issues of suspended load handling to the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group. Following their dialogue with the manufacturers, we are only able to offer an endorsement where it is clear that skills for load handling are limited to even, level terrain. Once the manufacturers can supply sufficient data on the travelling on inclines with a suspended load, our working group will consider additional endorsements.

Due to the strict criteria of only having attachments for suspended loads that have been approved by the manufacturer, we are unsure of the number of compliant machines that are available to test centres. Until that is quantified, we will not be release the endorsement. However we shall commence advanced testing for testers holding the telescopic handler category and wishing to add the endorsement to their tester card from January 2015. Due to the safety critical nature of the activity, the working group are not providing concessions if other categories are held.

Demolition Plant Machine -Type Clarification

Within the test specification for the category of D90 – Demolition Plant, the machine selected for the test needs to be a 360 excavator adapted for demolition activities. The National Demolition Training Group have on request confirmed that this may be either tracked or wheeled, providing the selected machine can undertake the required tasks for the relevant endorsements. There will be no changes to the current test documentation, nor is it intended to identify the chassis type on the card.

New costs and courses will be scheduled over the coming months, to reflect these changes.

For more information, please feel free to contact us on 01189 700200.

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Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

Important Announcement from 1st July, the green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued, however it will be replaced by the Labourers Green Card.     

What are the green card changes?

From 1st July 2014 the green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued.  There will be a new green CSCS card only available for people working in labouring occupations.

CSCS’ role is to provide a scheme for the construction industry that confirms site workers’ training and qualifications. Many site workers who are carrying out skilled occupations have been applying for the green CSO card as the easiest route to gain access to construction sites.

This makes it difficult for contractors to use CSCS cards as a reliable method of checking that site workers have the appropriate skills to work on construction sites safely and effectively.

If you have a green CSO card that expires after 1st July 2014 You will need to provide evidence that you have achieved one of the following:

QCF/SCQF Level 1 Award Health and Safety in a Construction Environment*

or

One day Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness Course as above, which we can happily provide, any queries please call our training department on 01189 700200

We are a CITB approved training centre and hold courses here at CITP Ltd or bespoke courses for your company at a suitable venue of your choice.

Health & Safety Awareness 1 Day course from 1st July 2014, price is £200.00 + VAT PP inclusive of exam/publications, the CSCS Operatives test and CSCS card.

Bookings can be made at info@constructiontrainingproviders.co.uk or by calling 01189 700200

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PROUD ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF THE OCTG..........

CITP Ltd have been asked to become associate members of the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group. This is a very proud moment for CITP  as the OCTG have been operating for a number of years and have many group members
 
The Oxfordshire construction training group
 

The Group was formed in the August of 1994. This was in direct collaboration with the then CITB, now Construction Skills, who also still remain strong supporters and sponsors of the group.

The aim of the Group is to provide a meaningful forum for open discussion, whereby common staff learning and development needs exist, in turn providing local, high quality, economical solutions, designed to address all Group Member needs.

 

This includes ongoing development to meet requirements in the areas of:

Business & Training Planning
Management & Supervisory
Technical
Health & Safety
Craft & Technician Apprenticeships; Operatives
Graduate Development
 
For more information on becoming group members, please contact David Holbrook on 07836369532.
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VACANCIES......

Due to our continued growth over the last 12 months, we now have a number of job opportunities available.    

Our first vacancy would be for someone experienced within administration to join our admin team. This role is typically demanding so any experience within the training/construction industry would be an extremely healthy advantage for both parties. You must have a good phone manner, be able to work under pressure and to strict deadlines, quickly and accurately. In this role you could earn up to £28'000.00 P/A, dependant on experience.

The second vacancy currently available is to become a member of our sales division. You will join the other Training Advisor's and would be required to complete the following on a day-to-day basis:

  • Liaise with customers, suppliers and third parties
  • Negotiate prices to match client requirement
  • Process orders and quotations to customer requirements
  • Process purchase orders
  • Provide product support to customers 
  • Pro-active selling and monitoring of established customers
  • Work with external sales team
  • Achieve set team sales targets
  • Maintain database

The candidate must hold the following:

  • Experience meeting supplier and customer demands
  • Previous experience dealing with negotiations
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Excellent customer service
  • Knowledge of computer skills
  • Experience within the training/construction industry (not essential)

Training will be given and candidates could expect to earn between £16'000.00 and £25'000.00, P/A, dependant on experience.

Our last opportunity available is for a Business Development Manager (BDM).The role would suit a high achieving sales person, from a training and sales background. 
      Key responsibilities:

  • Proactively seeking new business opportunities
  • Building relationships with key clients, professional sector contacts
  • Identifying opportunities to improve our product portfolio
  • Keeping up to date with market changes & competitor analysis
  • Liaising with internal departments to drive initiatives, including Product Design and Marketing
  • Providing performance updates/reports to the Director on a daily/monthly basis
  • Constantly striving to improve service levels by challenging existing processes and practices
  • Ensuring that the pipeline business is proactively managed
  • Representing the Company at trade shows, property auctions and relevant corporate events
    Required skills and experience:
  • Demonstrable sales experience in a construction training environment
  • A highly skilled communicator with superior written and presentation skills
  • The ability to innovate and create new products/services
  • The ability to work to targets and deadlines
  • Highly commercial and numerate
  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Flexibility with regards to working patterns
  • IT literacy - familiarity with MS Office

The salary is up to £30,000 with £65,000 OTE, car and benefits package.

To enquire, apply or for more information on any of these roles, please contact Alan Hibbs on 01189 700200 or 07500 703112.

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