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CITB is the Industry Training Board for the construction industry and a partner in ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council
We are the Industry Training Board and a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales. It's our job to work with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce.
The support and funding we provide helps companies to improve skills, increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent for their sector.
We take a leadership role for the industry, addressing skills challenges through:
We work in partnership with the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and CITB-ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland.
We are committed to working together and with our industry, to deliver industry-led skills and training solutions through the Sector Skills Agreement for construction (SSA).
We aim to provide a coordinated sector-based approach to skills, giving the industry one voice on its training needs.
We negotiate the best partnership and funding deals for the construction industry, help raise standards and develop the skills products and services employers need.
Sector Skills Agreement
As a Sector Skills Council (SSC), with our partners, CITB-ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland and CIC, we work in partnership with employers, training providers, other stakeholders and government to address key skills issues in the construction industry. The series of formal agreements which define and shape this role, together form the Sector Skills Agreement (SSA)
Our priorities are decided by the challenges that the construction industry faces.
Providing industry leadership on skills and leadership training for employers:
Low Carbon Challenge
Employer Engagement Challenge
Recruitment & Retention Challenge
Education & Training Challenge
The Construction Skills Strategy for 2012-2017 replaces the Construction Qualification Strategy 2006-2011.
The aim of the strategy, is to identify industry-wide education and training needs for 2012 – 2017 that will equip learners with the skills needed by employers.
It follows major changes to the education and training landscape since the strategy was officially adopted in 2007, including the rollout of the Vocational Qualifications Reform Programme and widespread reform of 14 -19 learning and Higher Education Funding.
The HSE report into competence has also identified the need to confirm the industry’s definition of competence.
The Construction Skills Strategy consultation comprising a number of industry and nation-wide groups focused on six main areas to include:
Purpose of the Skills Strategy
This Skills Strategy touches remits and areas of work for CITB and the SSC Construction Skills, and relates to the whole UK construction sector.
Across all UK industries, employers and employees are saying they need enhanced skills and knowledge in order to do their jobs more effectively and to make their businesses more profitable in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.
Rather than just focus on qualifications people consider the overall priority as not only the formal training they need but on the skills they develop and need throughout their working lives and for that reason we have elected to call this the "Construction Skills Strategy ".
It sets our intentions for the next five years in terms of strategic direction to ensure the industry has the right skills at the right time in the right place.
Following a robust consultation the following ten Strategic Objectives have been set by industry as priority:
The research from the Construction Skills Strategy is being used to support the development of the new business activity plans, with the objectives and associated actions being distributed accordingly.
Our CITB corporate business plan
The 2014-2016 Business Plan provides an overview of where we will be focusing our efforts and resources, how we will be working and what we intend to achieve over the next three years.
weathered an intense economic storm and is beginning to show signs of recovery. Ensuring the industry has access to the skills it requires for the future is central to enabling this recovery to continue.
Economic conditions, environmental legislation, regulation and new and emerging technologies have created Skills Challenges for the Industry. Our Board have considered these factors and determined how CITB can most effectively help the industry address these skills challenges through our new strategic planning framework.
Our 2014-2016 Business Plan defines how we are focussing our efforts and the industry’s Levy to achieve the outcomes that support our Industry face these challenges.
Our activity has been arranged into four strategic priorities:
Supported by our running the business activities; Charitable Trading and Corporate Services, which seek to maximise the value we provide to industry by offsetting our costs and ensuring we are transparent, efficient and effective.
Through the Employer and Stakeholder Survey we have engaged the industry on our strategic priorities and we have received positive feedback, showing that they resonate especially with employers.
In our 50th Year of making positive contributions to our Industry and as we navigate reviews from Government – our business plan sets our stall for how we will continue to contribute over the coming years.