On 17th April, CITB unveiled a three-year Business Plan, a reforming programme of work designed to modernise its business and relentlessly focus on skills.
Many people would argue this is not before time. Driven by several years of relentlessly negative feedback from all the key stakeholders in CITB, the organisation will now become “the focused, strategic skills body for British construction.”
Announcing a massive £689 million investment into construction skills, underpinned by a new set of key performance indicators, the CITB aims to be open, transparent and accountable. The key question is of course – will it work?
Investment across the 2018-2021 period will reflect CITB’s strategic priorities:
- £613m on Training and Development to deliver skills outcomes
- £31m on Engagement, securing the skills policy framework
- £17m on Careers, increasing from £3m in 2018/19 to £8m in 2020/21
- £9m on building CITB’s evidence base, identify needs and delivering outcomes
- £4m on Standards and Qualifications, providing consistency and quality.
This is a significant sum of money and suggests CITB are prepared to put their money where their mouth is. However, some might observe this is the last gasp attempt at justifying their role in the UK construction industry and if it does not work it may mean the end of the CITB as a key player in the sector. Only time will tell.
This article is a guest blog by our Partner Training Provider WJB Training. WJB provide our clients with high-quality CITB training courses in Liverpool, Birkenhead and Bolton. All of their tutors are fully CITB qualified with years of experience in the construction and training environments.
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