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Summer boost for skills cards

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 that 220,000 workers aged 55 or over will be entitled to a card without formal assessment.

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

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

All cardholders will still have to take a mandatory health and safety test.

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