At a time where businesses are tightening their belts and individuals are bracing for the major cost of living increase, the demolition industry has opted to reduce the cost for newcomers to enter the sector at CCDO Labourer Level. Extending the reduction to the CCDO Demolition & Refurbishment Operative qualification enables existing CCDO Labourers, of which there are almost 4000 registered in the UK, to move up the career ladder at a more affordable fee.
Recruitment and retention in the construction sector has been a challenge for many years, with associations like NFDC, NDTG and the Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) working tirelessly to directly address the skills shortage for demolition specifically. Their work has included campaigns to change industry perceptions, improve working conditions and elevate training standards to attract and retain new talent.
Howard Button, CEO at NFDC, commented “Our commitment to ensuring the safety of those working on demolition sites has driven this significant investment in the industry’s future. It is imperative that Operatives have the right card for the right job and for those working in demolition this means CCDO. The 30% cost reduction brings the CCDO Labourer and DRO card fee closer to that of CSCS and NDTG will readily support any CSCS cardholders with training up to CCDO standards, in line with the needs of our sector.”
With the Trailblazer Demolition Operative Apprenticeship now taking off with a new cohort of 25 individuals starting their training and demand from demolition employers for a second intake in July/August, the collaborative effort to combat the skills shortage in demolition post Brexit is evident.
For further information about reduced cost CCDO training and available dates, please visit NDTG’s website at http://demolition.training or call the NDTG on 01442 217 144 (Option 2).