Health and safety recognition for students

The students have successfully undertaken and passed their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Test and have been awarded their competency cards.

The initiative was supported by Kier Construction Major Projects and encouraged over 20 students to take the test.

Kier Construction Major Projects are the Principal Contractor on the new category B HMP Featherstone 2 prison, north of Wolverhampton, and the team has formed a strong relationship with the lecturers within the School of Technology.

Mike Webb, Health and Safety Manager for Kier, said: “Kier was delighted to offer support to the students of the University as the CSCS card scheme is the recognised level of competence for the Construction industry, and plays a vital role in raising health and safety standards.”

Jonathan Baker, the student council representative who took part in the initiative, said: “The students are delighted that the University is working in close collaboration with such a major construction organisation such as Kier, and the pre-test seminar provided the ideal background and insight to the formal test procedures.”

Prior to undertaking the test, all students attended a pre-assessment seminar organised by Principal lecturers Paul Hampton, Subashini Suresh, and Mike Webb from Kier. This provided a platform for students to be introduced to the current practices surrounding health and safety and more specifically the process of undertaking a CSCS card accreditation.

Principal Lecturer in the School of Technology, Paul Hampton, added: “The University is delighted with the high level of success stories and we would like to thank the students for their support.”

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