|For Immediate Release:||28 September 2011|
|PR Contact:||Jack Gibson
+44 (0)207 010 2139
Pearson VUE appointed to deliver construction Health and Safety Test
London, U.K., September 28, 2011 — CITB-ConstructionSkills — the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry in the UK — has appointed
Introduced in 2001, the Health and Safety Test ensures that everyone working in the sector has a minimum level of Health and Safety knowledge and awareness. Bookings have grown dramatically from 50,000 in 2001 to more than 500,000 in 2010 — with a test now being booked every 60 seconds.
The exclusive multi-year agreement with Pearson VUE, commencing April 2012, will allow candidates to undertake the test at any of over 140 Pearson Professional Centres located throughout the UK.
Chris Little, Product Delivery Manager at CITB-ConstructionSkills, said:
“Getting construction businesses at all levels to engage with Health and Safety is something which CITB-ConstructionSkills is keen to continue by listening to industry and developing its existing products and services to fit sector requirements.”
The Test will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it complies with current legislation and meets industry requirements.
Suzana Lopes, Pearson VUE, Managing Director - New Markets, commented:
“We are delighted to work with CITB-ConstructionSkills to ensure candidates have an appropriate knowledge and awareness of Health and Safety issues. Our role is not simply to deliver tests and provide CITB-ConstructionSkills with the relevant assessment data, but to offer a wide network of centres where candidates can take the test in a secure and invigilated environment.”
Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing and delivers the largest computer-based test. The Driving Standards Agency’s (DSA) Driving Theory Test is administered to approximately 1.6 million candidates annually throughout Great Britain.
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.co.uk) is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programmes around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centres in 165 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international education and information company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.
CITB-ConstructionSkills is the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, working with industry, for industry to deliver a safe, professional and fully qualified UK construction workforce.
The construction sector is central to the UK economy, generating over 8% of UK GDP and with a turnover of more than £210bn a year.