CSCS Cards

What is a CSCS card?

CSCS stands for Construction Skills Certification Scheme. The CSCS Card serves as proof of competence in the industry and will provide the contractor with information regarding your Health, Safety & Environment Test results as well as any qualifications you have in your occupation. There are various cards available under CSCS as well as its affiliate schemes, so whatever you do and whatever qualifications you have, there will definitely be a CSCS Card for you.


To apply for a CSCS card you need to prove you have the competence to carry out your job and pass the CITB Health Safety and Environment test. The type of work you do, how experienced you are and your qualifications or membership of professional bodies will determine which type of CSCS card you should apply for.

There are different types of test and the type of card you are applying for will determine which test is the right one for you. There is more information about the types of cards here.  You can book a test on the phone or online, there is more information about the test here.

If the card is for you, once you have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test please call the CSCS Helpline on 0844 576 8777 and choose option 1.  Our team will advise you about what sort of card you should apply for and any training you need to undertake.  Before you call please ensure you have a credit or debit card to pay for the card and your current or previous employer’s details including contact name, full address and telephone number.  You will receive your card within 10 working days.

If you know which card you need to apply for you can download an application form, complete it and return it with the required documentation and payment.  Once all the required information has been received, you should receive your card within 20 working days.

If you are an employer you can complete the CSCS Employer Application Form and e-mail it to us.  Plese check the information o all of the tabs on this form to ensure that the cards you are applying for are available using form.  We will aim to contact the person named on the form within 10 working days to collect payment and resolve any queries.


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Jobs in the Carlisle Area

Chef/Bar Supervisor
Painter & Decorator
Machine Operator
Area Sales Manager
Field Sales
As well as many more jobs in this area

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Job Searching Advice

1. Look for hidden vacancies
Instead of advertising their available jobs, employers often look to fill vacancies by word-of-mouth, headhunting or simply by recruiting internally. Knowing how to get yourself in contention for these roles could give you a major boost when it comes to finding your next role.

2. Get employers to come to you
Getting headhunted is no longer the preserve of employees in senior management. When you post your CV online, you are immediately putting your details within reach of thousands of employees may save you the trouble of searching through job adverts.

3. Target the right companies
Do you want to be a big fish in a small pond or would you rather have the safety of a large organisation with job security and a clear career path? Knowing what you want allows you to narrow down your search and spend more time on applying for the roles you really want.

4. Build a network
Networking is getting to know people who can help you develop your career prospects. You don’t need to be a big shot or the most outgoing person in the world to network effectively, just keep your ears open and listen for information that could work to your advantage.

5. Keep your spirits up
As time passes, the rejections mount up and the budgets get tighter, it’s easy to become disheartened. However, this is exactly the time when you need to dust yourself off and put in more hard work than ever. One of the main attributes of a successful job seeker is persistence.

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Motivational work related quotes

Business is more exciting than any game – Lord Beaverbrook
It takes more than capital to swing business. You’ve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by — Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics – Ren Mulford Jr.
Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were – David Rockefeller
If you did not look after today’s business then you might as well forget about tomorrow – Isaac Mophatlane
Being able to touch so many people through my businesses and make money while doing it, is a huge blessing – Magic Johnson
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same – Carlos Castaneda
Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum – Jeffrey Immelt
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches – Napoleon Hill
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change – Charles Darwin
Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing – Vince Lombardi
In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm – Suze Orman
People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps – Mary Kay Ash
In business, I’ve discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That’s my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards – Donald Trump
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later – Harold Geneen
To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart – Thomas Watson, Sr.
The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers – John Egan
I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well – Alan Greenspan
Hire character. Train skill – Peter Schutz
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency – Bill Gates
Let’s be honest. There’s not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings – Bob Parsons
The NBA is never just a business. It’s always business. It’s always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal – Mark Cuban
You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough – Joseph E. Levine
Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity – Charles Dickens
I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages – Robert Bosch
For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy – Bill O’ Reilly, about capitalism
You’re most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning – Bill Gates

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Should you retake your A Levels ?

Take a look at this interesting article from the telegraph

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Interview Tips

If you’re counting down the days till your next job interview, these helpful hints will help you get in the right mood so you can leave a lasting impression on the interviewers.

1. Do your research
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence. Find out more.

2. Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.

3. Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you’re applying for shows a desire to succeed. Find out more.

4. Stay calm
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays, and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and the may be nervous too!. Find out more.

5. Ask questions
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job, and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company. Find out more.

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Riverside chooses 2013 charity of the year.

The end of 2012 brought to an end Riverside Recruitment’s partnership with are chosen charity Help the Heroes. For 2013 we will be supporting the DKH Legacy Trust..

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What to wear for interview

Whether you like it or not, your personal appearance will be judged as an expression of who you are and your approach to your work.

This does not mean that interviews are a beauty parade, they’re not.  However, your clothes, hair, shoes etc will be viewed as indicators of your status, self-confidence, self-care and self-worth.

Interestingly enough, if you get the image right, it is likely to be noticed but not necessarily remarked upon.  The recruiter will just feel that you “look right”.  However, if you get it wrong, then it can be difficult or even impossible to overcome the employer’s negative preconceptions about you.

The right image is going to be one that helps the employer easily visualise you as one of their team and reassures them you could represent the company appropriately as a member of their staff.

If you are unsure, you can always ask the Manager or HR what the company dress code is or see how people are dressed on their website or corporate literature.

However, below are some tips on how to dress for interview success:

•    If your interview outfit is more than a year old, then invest in a new high quality outfit which is impeccably cut, fits you perfectly and in which you look great.  For management or executive roles then you need to look the part and the suit needs to be of the very best quality to reflect your status.  Looking good will also help you feel good

•    Aim for a “contemporary” rather than a “classic” look if you are trying to convey a more dynamic, creative, high energy impression.  If you look modern and up to date then they will assume that you are too.  This is also important for more mature candidates who worry that they may be seen as “past it”.  What you may think looks “on trend” may not be, so it’s always useful to seek advice on this.

•    If you are applying to a very traditional organisation, then they are likely to have a stricter dress code e.g. pin-stripe suit.  In this case, try to echo the “in-house” style to reinforce the impression of you as a safe pair of hands and “one of them”

•    Organisations with a casual dress code are perhaps the most tricky regarding an interview outfit.  Wearing a tie could be a major faux pas.   A smart co-ordinating outfit rather than a suit may be more appropriate.  Jeans rarely are suitable even if worn by the majority of the staff on an everyday basis.  Ask before the interview to make sure

•    All interview outfits should be clean, free of dog hairs, deodorant marks, fraying hems or straining zips and buttons.  The interviewer is going to be sitting staring at you for an hour and they will notice every sartorial flaw

•    Accessories are equally important.  Briefcases and handbags should be smart and the contents well-organised.  Pens should be decent quality.  Business cards should be pristine ideally in their own holder

•    Make-up and jewellery for women should be subtle and unfussy.  Heels are fine but should be comfortable for walking.  Skirts and tops should not be too revealing

•    Have your hairstyle updated with a neat but modern style which is easily manageable.  This can instantly enhance your appearance.  Women who colour their hair should ensure it is freshly done for the interview

•    Good grooming.  Men need to be clean-shaven or have their beards etc closely trimmed rather than straggly.  Clean fingernails, fresh breath, shiny shoes, deodorant are all essential rather than afterthoughts.  Use aftershave or perfume sparingly as it can be quite intense in a small interview room.

It is very difficult to be objective about how you look and the impression you make.  People who are close to you are likely to reassure you because they don’t want to hurt your feelings and therefore it is difficult to know whether you need to do some work on this or not.

However, it is fairly easy to get some good objective advice.  Hairdressers are usually only too happy to suggest a new haircut, but consider changing hairdressers if necessary.  You can also often get good advice from the personal shoppers at large department stores, a service which is usually free.  Alternatively consider an image consultant if you think you need a radical overhaul.

Is it worth it?

Your personal image will strongly influence an employer’s perceptions of your capabilities, your approach to work and how well you will fit in with their organisation.
Get the image right and you will find that the employer is already pre-disposed towards you and open to being convinced that you are indeed the right person for the job.  Get it wrong and you will have an uphill battle.


•    Invest in a new interview outfit
•    Look like someone who already works there
•    Pay great attention to grooming – hair etc
•    Ensure briefcases and handbags are smart
•    Get objective feedback from others

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Here are some great motivational quotes for work…..

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Benjamin F. Fairless
What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. Dale Carnegie
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.

Kahlil Gibran
Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy.

Johnny Carson
Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.

Bobby Unser
Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.

Pope John XXIII
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Brian Tracy
If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.

Lou Holtz
I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.

Mark Twain
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Hamilton Holt
Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.

Napoleon Hill
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

Brian Tracy
Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance.

Harland Sanders
You got to like your work. You have got to like what you are doing, you have got to be doing something worthwhile so you can like it – because it is worthwhile, that it makes a difference, don’t you see?

Indira Gandhi
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.

Henry L. Doherty
Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.

Jack Welch
We know where most of the creativity, the innovation, the stuff that drives productivity lies – in the minds of those closest to the work.

Oscar Wilde
Each of the professions means a prejudice. The necessity for a career forces every one to take sides. We live in the age of the overworked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.

Orison Swett Marden
Analyzing what you haven’t got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.

Jim Rohn
Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Dale Carnegie
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

Harding Lawrence
Don’t set compensation as a goal. Find work you like, and the compensation will follow.

Calvin Coolidge
Our real problem is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.

Brian Tracy
The way you give your name to others is a measure of how much you like and respect yourself.

John Ruskin
The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

William James
If you want a confidence, act as if you already have it. Try the “as if” technique. 

Jim Rohn
The guy says, “When you work where I work, by the time you get home, it’s late. You’ve got to have a bite to eat, watch a little TV, relax and get to bed. You can’t sit up half the night planning, planning, planning.” And he’s the same guy who is behind on his car payment!

 Fernando Flores
Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.

 Napoleon Hill
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.

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Your CV

Some CV’s are nothing more than a list of jobs and their duties. An employer wants to know what you achieved in previous job, so make sure you put down something measurable wherever possible: how did you add value? What specifically did you achieve? Always be honest about what you’ve done, make sure you keep all training or qualifications up to date. One training course could make all the difference.

Personal details:
Firstly, of course, give your name, address, contact phone & e-mail address.  Next you should put together a short personal summary just a few lines about your skills, experience and what you aim to achieve. This will help build a picture of you in the readers mind.

Career History:
Starting with your current role, list your jobs in reverse order by date. State your job title, the employers name & location (city or town is usually enough), and then a description of the role. In this description, try to emphasise experience relevant to the role you’re applying for. Include any particular achievements too. The further back you go, you should include less information, and unless it’s of particular relevance to the role you’re applying for.

Don’t leave any gaps in your career history always be honest about what you’ve been doing. Also, don’t include the reason for leaving any role, as this will likely be discussed at interview.

Qualifications & Education:
As with your career history, start with the most recent and work back. State the university, college or school, along with the qualifications achieved. If you’re currently in education, try and include any work experience or voluntary work that may be relevant to the application.

If you can demonstrate that something you do in your spare time would help at work then of course do mention this. As ever, don’t state something which you can’t back up at interview.

Presentation and Layout:
As already outlined above, a manager will see many CV’s, so making your CV professional and easy to follow will help. The key things to remember are:

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