Almost 90 marquee workers have signed up for a national qualification scheme aimed at raising standards in public safety.
The Made-Up Textiles Association (MUTA) has initiated the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) after five years of planning, which involved talks with the department of employment and the health and safety executive.
'Until the scheme was set up there was no recognised qualification,' said MUTA secretary Michael Skelding. 'We are delighted with the high level of response. It will further improve the skills of marquee erectors and is the next logical step.'
Participants will be assessed in the workplace, starting from this month.
About 5,000 workers are involved in erecting and furnishing marquees and hospitality villages throughout the UK.