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Skills card set for big boost in summer push

MORE than 450,000 construction workers will be brought into the Construction Skills Certification Scheme as part of a summer bid to revive the skills card initiative.

CSCS chairman George Brumwell said 220,000 workers aged 55 or over will be entitled to a card without formal assessment.

The reintroduction of grandfather rights - tipped in Construction News - will be backed by an amnesty for 80,000 workers whose cards have expired.

A further 150,000 holders of the City and Guild craft certificate who have not served apprenticeships will also be granted a card.

Mr Brumwell is keen on the move to improve the card's penetration among the traditional trades.