Changes to Come: CITB Told to Give Small Firms More Say and Grant

1st Dec

A new government review of the Construction Industry Training Board has revealed some major changes to come from within the industry. While only 0.8% of levy paying firms actually provided responses to its independent review on the current state of this organization and intended future changes, one thing is clear: the government wants to see a better representation of small businesses in the CITB. With the CITB told to give small firms more say and grant, even more changes are anticipated for the future of the industry.

Increased Training

The government's report calls for radical reforms in the CITB's industry engagement. Historically, it has employed a “money in, money out” strategy, and this is part of what has to change. Instead, the organization has been encouraged to adopt a more skills-based approach to engaging with the construction industry.

Strengthened Links With Housing Associations

The CITB is in a unique position to aid in the housing crisis by playing a larger role in training construction workers. The government's lofty ambitions for housing will require a number of new industry workers, and those new workers will require training.

Accountability to Small Employers

With the CITB told to give small firms more say and grant, there should be more opportunities for small employers within the industry to have their voices heard by the board. That means more accountability, and more efficient and focused returns, particularly when it comes to apprenticeship programs. When considered in conjunction with the new T-level courses in construction being offered in 2018, the end result should be a larger pool of qualified workers prepared to fill open positions at small construction firms.

Restructuring to Begin in 2018

With James Wates stepping down from his role as CITB chair, there's plenty of room for those with direct small business experience to join the board in the upcoming year. The Governance of the CITB will also face some changes in the new year, with the restructuring of the CITB Council and National Committees scheduled to begin early in 2018.

Meeting Future Industry Needs

Additionally, the CITB has announced its intent to create a new executive industry group to ensure that apprenticeships meet the changing needs of the industry. This group will work closely with both employers and the government to develop a better path to high-quality work placements for students who have completed the new T-level training courses. The end result of all these changes should be an increase in efficiency and accountability and a strengthened emphasis on meeting the needs of small construction firms.

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