Drive to qualify workforce by 2010 continues with new leader.

Trevor Gamble has been appointed chairman of the Construction Plant Certification Scheme.

Gamble, who is currently a council member of the Construction Plant-hire Association and a board member of CITB-ConstructionSkills, will replace John Gladstone, who resigned from the position in December.

Gamble was appointed following a meeting of principal stakeholders in the scheme, which governs qualification for plant operatives. The meeting also agreed that CITB-ConstructionSkills will continue to operate the scheme, which is an affiliate of the CSCS scheme.

Gamble said: "More and more clients and employers - large and small - are demanding that operatives hold CPCS cards because they understand it means workers are competent and have up-to-date health and safety awareness. This is essential in meeting the industry drive to qualify the workforce by 2010."