ECS Check, the digital system launched in early 2020, has now seen more than 1,750 organisations registered to use it. The landmark figure represents a “major milestone” according to the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS). For the NI electrical industry, this has been a game changer in combining the existing ECS digital network, which is recognised globally and has over 175,000 individuals registered UK-wide, and the suite of ECS portal programs for use by clients and contractors.
Available both through an online portal on a browser and as an app for auditing personnel on the gate or for spot checks, ECS Check provides a free-to-access digital solution that enables the industry to verify all electrotechnical personnel on-site throughout the supply chain. ECS, as a partner of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), was also at the forefront of development of CSCS Smart Check; a free, collaborative, smartphone app giving access to check all 2 million plus CSCS partner scheme cards across the 38 schemes.
Using the recognised ECS card network to give real-time access has helped hundreds of companies demonstrate the competence of their workforce and supply chain in line with the Licence to Practise system for public contracts in Northern Ireland (Procurement Guidance Note 01/16).
As a non-profit organisation, the Joint Industry Board does not charge for access to either the ECS Employer Portal or for ECS Check, as these systems give crucial visibility and insight into the composition and quality of the workforce on a contract.