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CITB-ConstructionSkills signs new deal with CSCS

CITB-ConstructionSkills signed a new seven-year contract with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme today.

Under the new partnership CSCS will continue to own the CSCS card with CITB-ConstructionSkills providing a full range of support services.

CSCS - who appointed full-time chief executive Brian Adams in March - will take over responsibility from CITB-ConstructionSkills to promote the scheme throughout the industry.

The outgoing CSCS Chairman, Graham Medcroft said: ‘I am confident that the new way of working together will strengthen and develop the CSCS scheme.

‘The two organisations can now work in partnership towards a common objective of achieving a fully qualified workforce by 2010.’

Following the agreement CSCS has strengthened its board with four new appointments.

Former chairman of the Construction Confederation Trevor Walker has been appointed as chairman.

Ucatt general secretary Alan Ritchie will take up the post of deputy chairman. The Construction Industry Council’s Stuart Henderson and BAA’s Gren Tipper join as directors.

CSCS chief executive Brian Adams said: ‘We now have a board that is wholly representative of all industry stakeholders and is determined to ensure the CSCS scheme continues to grow from strength to strength.

‘Together with the new commercial contract with CITB-ConstructionSkills we now have a very firm base from which we can grow the scheme to encompass everybody working in construction.’