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April 6, 2010

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Joining forces – Partnership promotes competency scheme

The Association of Signals, Lighting and other highway Electrical Contractors (ASLEC) has reaffirmed its commitment to competence by partnering with the Joint Industry Board for the electrical contracting industry (JIB) to promote an accreditation card scheme.

Under the partnership, eligible highways operatives receive an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) card from the JIB if they meet the relevant health, safety and skills criteria. Client requests for cards are increasing, in order for operatives to gain access to sites and to show compliance with the core competence criteria of the CDM 2007 Regulations as applied to this sector.

ASLEC operates the registration assessment process and is keen to ensure that the whole industry joins the scheme.  “There are currently 6,000 highway electrical employees holding ECS cards across 300 organisations,” said Gareth Pritchard, chief executive of ASLEC. “These companies are now able to prove their employees’ identity, training and competence to clients and are one step ahead of companies that aren’t registered.” €ᄄ€ᄄ

Across the wider electrotechnical industry there are over 100,000 ECS cards in circulation. JIB chief executive Steve Brawley said: “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with ASLEC to promote skills and high standards across the highway electrical industry. Holding an ECS card is the ultimate mark of competence and we look forward to seeing more industry operatives come on board in the future.”  

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