The latest Construction Skills Network (CSN) report forecasts that between 2016-2020, the annual construction output growth in the UK will average an increase of 2.5%. This upsurge is predicted to necessitate 230,000 new workers in the next five years which will have an impact on compulsory skills and employment requirements. To ensure qualifications and training meet industry and sector standards while maintaining and developing a skilled workforce , NAS is relaunching its ‘Shopfitting and Interior Contractor Competency Scheme’ (SICCS).
First launched 1st December 2009, the scheme enables employees to demonstrate the necessary level of competence, qualifications and health and safety awareness required for this sector with one single card. Furthermore, it aims to differentiate the shopfitting and interior contracting sector specifications from the construction industry, and at the same time, apply standards commonly accredited within the sector.
Rather than identifying one card scheme, the Construction Leadership Council has agreed that from January 2015 the industry, including trade associations, contractors, clients and the government, should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no other equivalent schemes accepted. This ensures that an individual’s occupational competency, from apprentice through to director level, is guaranteed. Prerequisite knowledge and a high level of health and safety awareness through the achievement of the existing CITB Health, Safety and Environmental Test are paramount to becoming a part of the SICCS scheme.
Cardholders also benefit from key accredited learning programmes, developed by the Shopfitting Independent Training Forum (SITF) in conjunction with CITB, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry. The high training standards equip individuals with relevant skills to enter the industry and offer a quality guarantee to prospective employers.
Card schemes including the SICCS Card carrying the CSCS logo adequately meet the requirements set out in a recent CSCS status report. To find out more, please visit here.
To apply for a card, download the application from the NAS website.
For further enquiries, please contact NAS House, telephone:+44 (0)1883 624961
Katharina Wolf or Jana Pavelkova at The Think Tank on
T: +44 (0) 20 7831 2225
F: +44 (0) 20 7831 1408
The NAS is pleased to announce that the association’s membership has been expanded to now include Interior Designers in a new Professional Category.
This is an opportunity for better collaboration between designers and contractors and offers significant benefits to professional Interior Designers working within the retail and commercial sector.
Notes to Editors
The National Association of Shopfitters (NAS) is the only trade association that exclusively represents, promotes and is dedicated to service the needs of the shopfitting and interior contracting sector; within the global sphere of construction and has been doing so successfully since 1919.
The skills required by a NAS Member extend far beyond joinery as the technological landscape of shopfitting and interior contracting continue to change at a rapid pace. The business is increasingly international. The National Association of Shopfitters is providing expert guidance to members and clients, to enable the creation of new and distinctive ideas that satisfy the major stakeholder’s appetite for new and exciting environments.
Designers and clients recognise the NAS brand as the symbol of quality and reliability in shopfitting and interior contracting. Members look to the Association for the specialist advice, services and the pursuit of knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s demanding marketplace. The NAS is the catalyst in meeting everyone’s needs and create good relations between members, suppliers (often associate members), designers, clients and other major stakeholders.
 Industry Insights, Construction Skills Network Forecasts 2016-2020