Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) extends multi-year partnership with Pearson VUE

LONDON, UK, Oct. 27, 2014 – Following the successful delivery of the health, safety and environment tests since April 2012, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has agreed to continue testing under contract with computer-based testing (CBT) leader Pearson VUE.

The continued partnership, part of a series of client wins and extensions for Pearson VUE, will continue to allow candidates to undertake the test introduced in 2001 to ensure that everyone working in the sector has a minimum level of health, safety and environmental awareness. Candidates can take the test at a network of highly secure Pearson Professional Centres located throughout the UK.

The extensive test network means that candidates are able to take a test without having to travel long distances with the online booking system allowing tests to be booked on-demand, with a “walk-in” facility allowing even greater convenience.

A recent Pearson VUE survey of candidates who took the test found that the majority of candidates who took part in the survey – six out of ten – had to travel for less than half an hour to take their test. The online Pearson-VUE booking system (available 24/7) or dedicated call centre allows candidates to schedule tests up to three months in advance and are also able to book a test at their preferred location within two weeks.

More than nine out of ten candidates who sat the test in a Construction Skills or Mobile test centre rated the overall service provided as “good”.

Bob Whelan, Managing Director of Pearson VUE, said: “I am delighted that the CITB has once again selected Pearson VUE to deliver these tests, which will continue to raise safety standards across the construction industry.”

Braden Connolly, Head of Product Management at the CITB, said: “It is important for construction businesses at all levels to engage with health and safety awareness, and through this extended partnership we will continue to raise the standards and awareness of safety, and environment with our industry. We have been satisfied by the quality of service provided by Pearson VUE, allowing wide geographic reach of testing centres and ease of process for candidates in terms of booking and sitting the tests.”

About the CITB
The CITB (www.citb.co.uk) is the Industry Training Board and a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales. It works to work with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce. The support and it provides helps companies to improve skills, increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent for their sector.

Media Contact:
Damien Fletcher
+44 (0)20 7775 6785
damien.fletcher@pearson.com

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