Typical scenario?

“In our business we have around 200 employees with around 120 of these being employed as engineers working in the field. Sometimes we bring in engineers on short term contracts and we also regularly bring in sub-contractors when we can’t fulfill the work ourselves.  We tend to pull in resource from the sub-contractors and agencies but we don’t always get the same people.

Managing our own teams of engineers is tricky enough. The problem arises in how we manage the short term contractors.

We can ask to see their CSCS cards and similar but asking for certificates or evidence of training in most cases meets with a blank look. We’re bound by HSE regulation to ensure we employ competent contractors and ensure everyone is working safely. We always provide induction training for new contractors so they understand our processes and procedures. How many times do we find out half way through the induction, that this persons never done any training on a particular piece of equipment or who has no decent knowledge of something as straightforward as working at height or manual handling.

A lot of the people we use as contractors are self employed so I can appreciate it’s difficult for these people to manage everything, but surely there must be somewhere online we can go to find out what training these people have undertaken and if it’s still valid? It would certainly save us a lot of time and money if we knew we’d got the correctly trained people working for us”.

Sound familiar? Contact Skills+ today and find out what the solution could look like.