The CITB settles the dispute relating to the skills card

The National Open College Network (NOCN) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have settled their legal dispute over the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS), Building News can reveal.

Last June, it emerged that adult learning body NOCN was suing CITB for “revenue levels and data transfer issues significantly below expectations”, as well as reputational damage following the sale. £3.5million from the skills card scheme in March 2019. Workers had struggled to renew their cards in the months after the sale.

NOCN Group chief executive Graham Hasting-Evans said last year that the legal action had been launched “following a number of unsuccessful attempts to collaborate” with the CITB over issues with the CPCS system. The CITB had pledged to “defend vigorously” against the action.

However, it has now emerged that the two groups have now agreed to a confidential settlement of the dispute, with no acceptance of liability made by either company.

A joint statement submitted to NC on behalf of the organisations, said: “NOCN Job Cards and CITB are pleased to confirm that they have reached an amicable settlement of the proceedings initiated in connection with the sale of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS).

“The terms of the settlement remain confidential and have been agreed to without admission of liability by either party. Both parties look forward to maintaining their longstanding and constructive relationship for the benefit of the industry and its parties. stakeholders.”

Accounts for NOCN Job Cards, NOCN’s dedicated skills card subsidiary, for the year ended July 31, 2020 showed the organization had an operating deficit of £332,000, which it attributed to new card integration issues and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.

The NOCN also purchased the CSkills Awards learning framework business from CITB in 2017 and provides the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) on a contractual basis.

Alice F. Ponder