20 November 2017

Build UK supports CITB Reform Plan

Build UK supports the reform plan announced by CITB and believe that the plan, which confirmed CITB’s exit from delivering services which don’t fulfil its strategic purpose, will support the industry to meet major challenges including productivity, future skills and Brexit.

Over the past 18 months, Build UK has consulted at length with its members on the future of CITB. At consensus, Build UK supported the continuation of CITB but was clear that significant reform was needed. The CITB’s plan responds positively to these calls for reform and demonstrates that it has taken industry feedback seriously:

• The principle of Levy in Skills out, with grant funds being used to deliver the skills employers need now and in the future
• A focus on core activities and CITB exiting non-core activities to those better placed to deliver them
• A pledge to adapt governance arrangements to meet the needs of the modern construction industry.

The CITB commitment to implement the changes within a short time-frame, will ensure that CITB Levy-paying employers are able to see the impact of these changes in the next 12-18 months.

Earlier this month, Build UK supported the outcome of the ITB Review and has committed to its members that it will hold CITB to account over the reform plan.

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol MBE said:

“CITB has listened to industry and outlined a clear roadmap to achieve a reformed organisation/Training body by 2020. Relinquishing the delivery of services which do not meet the needs of industry will provide CITB with greater scope to support industry on its priority areas: careers, standards and qualifications and training and development. We now have a real opportunity to determine the future direction of CITB and it is up to employers to play their part and forge a strong and long term relationship with its industry training board. We appreciate that this will be a difficult time for those CITB staff members affected and I am extremely grateful to everyone that has worked on behalf of the industry over the years.”