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NFDC and NDTG go Virtual

24 July 2017

NFDC and NDTG go Virtual

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) in conjunction with the National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) have announced the launch of a new Virtual CCDO Smart Card developed by Reference Point for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Go Smart platform.

Reference Point, known for the development of the technology behind the CSCS SmartCard and Go Smart card reader apps, has now extended the platform to include Virtual Smartcards, a digital card which removes the need to carry physical cards.

Beric Davis, CEO at Reference Point said:

“Vircarda is a creative and innovative solution that uses clever new technology to provide faster, more flexible skill card solutions to the construction industry. It’s important to us that we continue to deliver high quality, robust solutions that our clients want and need.”

Build UK used the Vircarda app, an e-wallet on Smartphones for their Summer Party tickets this year.

Howard Button, Chief Executive at the NFDC and NDTG said:

“We are really pleased to be the first scheme in construction to issue the new Virtual CCDO Smart Cards to our members. We have a very successful working relationship with Reference Point and were really keen to be the first to offer the virtual CCDO cards as it offers immediate benefits to both workers and supervisors. Both parties have instant access to updated records and qualifications, reducing the need to carry a physical card on site and the possibility of fraud.”

The new Virtual Smartcard solution can be used across many sectors and Reference Point is already working with the CSCS to develop a Virtual Smartcard for the construction sector.

Graham Wren, Chief Executive at CSCS said:

“It’s great to see the NFDC and the NDTG taking the lead on the adoption of the Virtual Smartcard. The technology will improve safety and efficiency on construction sites by making it easier for the employer to check that workers hold the appropriate qualifications and training for the job they do on site.” 

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