Following your leader article (13 April, page 3), it would make qualifying the workforce a little bit more palatable for the specialists if there was parity of costs in our industry between mainstream activities and the specialist organisations.

The Major Contractors Group (MCG) thinks that if a young person has achieved an NVQ 2 he or she is qualified, when in truth it will probably just about qualify them to hang a doorframe. Those on the national apprentice scheme, as with most other specialists, have to achieve an NVQ 3 full framework to be considered fully trained. For Building to get a more balanced opinion may I suggest you seek opinion outside Tufton Street, where the MCG resides.

Robert Hudson, director, National Association of Shopfitters