Tree-work register set for online launch

An online register of tree-work operatives backed by the industry will be launched later this year, Lantra trees and timber partnership manager Ros Burnley told last month's ARB Show.

"It will allow you to upload evidence of your qualifications, then get someone to endorse it, so building up a CV is standardised," she said.

"This will improve career progression and address the problem of 'experience drain' as ex-climbers leave the industry, benefiting the industry as a whole." It will allow a firm "to demonstrate the competence of its workforce", she added.

The register will be funded by an annual fee of around £30 for an individual, with discounts available for groups of employees. Sponsorship from Makita, Bartlett Tree Experts and recruitment firm Complete Tree Care, among others, "has been absolutely vital".

The system will be piloted before being promoted more widely, including to homeowners, she said. "But we need users on it first."

Tony Lane of consultancy AM Lane, and one of the eight-strong steering group for the initiative, added: "It's aimed at the individual, but there are so many spin-offs."

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