CITB Priorities into 2020
There have been a number of changes at the CITB over the past couple of years to streamline for ‘Vision 2020: The Future CITB’. From the sale of the Cskills Award Scheme in 2017, the announcement in 2018 that the CPCS scheme was also due to be sold to the NOCH Group and the deal with SSCL to take over a range of CITB processes including HR and finance in February 2019, it’s clear that change is underway.
Vision 2020: The Future CITB
‘Vision 2020: The Future CITB’ is the bold new strategy announced by the CITB to modernise it into the next decade. With much uncertainty still on the horizon for the UK, it is important that the CITB show themselves to be a forward-thinking body, capable of adapting to change as it happens and one that can meet the trials of tomorrow.
Whilst CITB’s core tenets will remain; Careers, Standards and Qualifications, there will be a new approach to delivery, as outlined in the following bullet points:
• The new Training Model and Grant scheme, introduced in April 2018, has been re-engineered to allow for more open sharing of information. Employers will be able to access qualification records for prospective employees as well as have clearer guidelines on the training that current employees need to remain compliant. Firms can now also receive automated grant payments.
• CITB will move to a new head office in January 2020 to strengthen it’s “One CITB” approach. This will be in the Peterborough area, moving away from north Norfolk to a more central location, with better access to the whole of Great Britain. The current head office in Bircham Newton will remain open but will change to a training centre only.
• With the sale of the Cskills Award scheme and the CPCS card scheme to the NOCH Group (due to complete in August 2019), CITB aim to free up resource to become more strategic in training provision and competence. The CPCS scheme sale has ensured that all CPCS related jobs (including mobile) in Norfolk will remain, which is an ongoing concern for those affected by the move from the region to Peterborough.
• CITB’s new 2019-2021 Business Plan, announced in May 2019, has revealed a new mission for the company – to “attract and support the development of people to construct a better Britain”. This also reconfirmed CITB’s commitment to the “Big Six” skills challenge, working on the basis that the country currently faces an aging workforce with the potential of losing EU workers. This will see a nationwide careers campaign launched to attract and inspire recruits of all ages and experience.
• As part of this commitment, CITB have pledged to grow their Skills and Training fund to £8m (from £6m in 2018).
• The body also continues to fund the Women in Construction project, both as part of addressing the Big Six skills challenge and as a separate project aimed at increasing the number of women working in trade roles. ‘The Career Changers - Women into Construction Project’ has been organised by Encon Construction and will run from March 2019 for the next 2.5 years.