Lantra is the awarding body of Traffic Management Sector Scheme 12D for Installing, Maintaining and Removing Temporary Traffic Management on Rural and Urban Roads. Sector Schemes are developed within an ISO 9001:2000 framework in partnership with key organisations in the highways industry. Each Sector Scheme is managed by a technical advisory committee that agrees the minimum levels of workmanship, services, products, testing and the training and competency of operatives to meet the standards.
The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) provides skills cards for the plant sector. CPCS covers a large range of plant and plant-related categories and more are continually added. CPCS is owned by Construction Industry Training Board (Otherwise known as ConstructionSkills) which allocates staff to manage and administer it on behalf of the CPCS Management Committee that develops its policy and strategy. CPCS is the Construction Industry’s largest scheme for plant operators, with over 280,000 cards issued across over 60 categories and endorsements of plant or plant operatations.
Awarding Bodies, appointed by the Government, work closely with the SWQR in order that each qualified supervisor or operative can be issued with a durable ID card (which can be produced on site if necessary) to show that he/she is in possession of the appropriate qualification. Additionally, the SWQR can provide road authorities, contracting companies and other prospective employers with information as to whether a supervisor or operative is in possession of a prescribed qualification as provided for in Sections 67 and 126 of the New Road and Street Works Act.
CABWI Awarding Body is a nationally recognised awarding body. Street Works qualifications in excavation and reinstatement in the highway were developed to meet the requirements of the New Roads and Street Works Act. There are 16 units, for operatives and supervisors. Holders of the relevant qualifications may act as qualified operatives or supervisors on site.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. With more than 40,000 individual members, IOSH are the biggest professional health and safety organisation in the world. IOSH work with hundreds of different national and international organisations to increase understanding, raise standards and develop partnership projects.
HSENI (The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland) is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland. HSENI’s Mission is “To ensure that risks to people’s health and safety arising from work activities are effectively controlled.”
The CEF is the only certified employers organisation for the construction industry based in N.I. It has a membership of over 1300 companies of all sizes and across all sectors of the construction industry, from civil engineering to general construction, house building and repair and maintenance. 85% of their members are small and medium sized business, yet CEF members account for 75% of Northern Ireland’s total construction output.