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CSCS card boss to be named in March


THE CHIEF executive of the revamped CSCS card scheme is due to be appointed early next month.

CSCS will hold its annual general meeting in the middle of March when officials are hoping to have funding in place and be able to name the new boss. He is expected to take up the £75,000-a-year position in April and will be based at the headquarters of industry pension scheme B&CE in Crawley, West Sussex, along with administrative staff.

Former CSCS chairman George Brumwell began the move last summer to make CSCS more independent from CITB-ConstructionSkills, which administers the scheme.

This will involve CITB-ConstructionSkills handing over an annual payment plus a royalty on every card over 100,000 issued. At a meeting on the issue in November the yearly payment was proposed at £250,000 with the royalty fixed at £2.

But CSCS and CITB-ConstructionSkills are still thrashing out a final figure with a further meeting expected later this month.

One of the new chief's first tasks will be to increase the number of biblical trades ? such as brickies and chippies ? carrying the skills cards.