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CITB commits to shake-up after government probe

The UK government has published its response to the recently concluded triennial review of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Government ministers confirmed their support for the continuation of CITB and set out clear strategic actions which aim to benefit the industry.

The government's report concluded that the CITB's levy-raising powers is still the right model for the construction industry but reform and improvement are needed.

A major shake-up is needed after just 0.8% of levy paying firms responded to its independent review on the future of the CITB.

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In accepting the case to retain the board, the government said it wanted to see greater representation of people with direct experience of small business in the governance of the CITB.

It also called for radical reforms in the way the CITB engages with industry to steer it from a ‘money in, money out’ culture to a ‘money in, skills out’ approach to training.

Civil engineering contractors welcomed the publication. Civil Engineering Contractors Association Director of External Affairs Marie-Claude Hemming said: "After a long period of consultation we are pleased that the outcome of this review has now been published.

“While there have been concerns within our sector about the performance of the CITB, we are pleased that government has decided to address these via reforming and improving measures.

"Today's report provides many sensible recommendations for CITB and industry itself to address.

“We are especially pleased that the government has acknowledged our concern surrounding the payment of two levies and we will continue to work with CITB and our members to ensure that the levies complement each other and collectively provide value for money."

CITB has revealed it fully supports the conclusions of a recently-published independent review of the training body and has outlined a new agenda for change in response to calls for reform.

CITB has already demonstrated it is able to respond to change and has begun its process of reform by issuing Future Vision – CITB 2020. 

Following the publication, the CITB has set out its Agenda for Change, a six-point plan for reform throughout 2018.

It includes a commitment to be more accountable, representative and responsive to industry’s needs.

It also emphasised that it will work closely with employers, FE and government to overcome the barriers to delivering the high quality work placements that will ensure students for the new T-levels progress into construction.

Build UK Chief Executive Suzannah Nichol said: “Build UK members have told us, loud and clear, that they support a reformed CITB.

“The outcome of the government’s ITB [Industrial Training Board] Review enables CITB to publish its plan to deliver those reforms and demonstrate to industry that it can meet employers’ skills needs now and in the future.

“However, the industry must accept that it has a major role to play and for CITB to be successful we must all step up, support and participate in what is anticipated to be a substantial programme of change.”

 

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