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SKILLcard goes digital

UK: A digital version of the Engineering Services SKILLcard allowing users to access all their technical and health & safety qualifications is now available via a mobile phone app.

SKILLcard, which is managed by the Building Engineering Services Association, has been operating for 22 years and provides over 50,000 building services engineers with evidence of the qualifications they need to access sites.

The new digital system gives users a single continually updated point of access to all their cards and the qualifications they hold in one easy to access place. It also enables site access via a QR code that can be scanned directly from the card holder’s phone using the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Smart Check App.

Providing a digital option to the traditional plastic cards will also allow SKILLcard to dramatically reduce the time between applying and being able to use the card, with access made available immediately after approval. It hopes this will encourage more applicants and ensure wider and more effective use of the cards.

“We are moving with the times and providing a more seamless service that should make everyone’s lives easier,” said BESA’s head of operations Chris Major. 

“SKILLcards play a crucial role in ensuring operatives have the right qualifications for the job they are being employed to do on site. So, having such an easy to access mechanism for checking qualifications and training allows site managers to instantly verify a worker’s credentials.”

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