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A major industry survey is being launched to discover the extent of skills card fraud in construction.

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Research followed the recent National Crime Agency prosecution of an organised gang dealing in false identity documentation which included a number of construction industry certification cards.

Leaders of the Construction Industry Training Board and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme are now launching an industry-wide survey.
Questions will assess levels of card scheme fraud and the quality of card checking procedures on UK construction sites.

Anyone who works in construction can take part in the survey here and it will close on 31 March 2015.

Braden Connolly, Head of Product Management at CITB said: “It is essential that steps are taken to stamp out the fraudsters.

“CITB continues to share intelligence and work with the authorities wherever the evidence suggests criminal activity is taking place.

“The survey will help us better understand the scale of the problem and assist us in tackling it. We hope it will also raise awareness of card fraud and encourage industry to carry out thorough card checks and to report suspect cards to CITB.”

CSCS Chief Executive Graham Wren said: “Unless people use consistent and accurate methods of checking cards to certificate workers’ training and qualifications, the schemes cannot fulfil the roles they were designed for.

“The smart technology within CSCS cards is a simple and cost-effective way to do this, and we are keen to find out more about how it is being utilised on sites across the UK.”

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