Archive for the ‘CITB’ category

UK construction firms rely heavily on migrant workers

25 July 2017 - CITB, Constuction Jobs, Migrant workers - admin - Comments Off on UK construction firms rely heavily on migrant workers

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A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers, saying they have comparable skills to British workers and are more readily available. Some employers (22%) also said they have a better work ethic. But only 1% of firms said they […]

Romanian websites still selling CPCS theory answers

20 December 2016 - CITB, CPCS - admin - 1 Comment

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Romanian websites are still selling answers to CPCS tests according to the CITB fraud investigation team. Th tests are taken as part of construction’s plant operator skills card scheme in order to prove the competency of workers, despite the CITB spending nine months trying to shut them down the website is still live. The website […]

CITB Chief resigns after less than three years

11 December 2016 - CITB - admin - Comments Off on CITB Chief resigns after less than three years

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CITB’s chief excutive has resigned after less than three years in the job after continued scrutiny Adrian Belton who was chief executive at the  training body, which is now subject to a Government review into its future role, revealed that Belton would formally exit at the end of the year. Sarah Beale, currently chief financial officer, will […]

CITB and homes for Scotland launches £250000 to train training sales staff

14 November 2016 - CITB, Construction training - admin - Comments Off on CITB and homes for Scotland launches £250000 to train training sales staff

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CITB and Homes for Scotland have launched new £250,000 fund to train non-trade employees, with the number of homes being built in Scotland still 40% down on pre-recession levels, skill shortages are a major barrier to a much-needed increase in supply.  However, the issue affects much more than just traditional trades with expertise needed across […]

Growth slowdown in construction to ease skills shortages

7 November 2016 - CITB - admin - Comments Off on Growth slowdown in construction to ease skills shortages

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The construction industry is facing a slowdown in growth in the aftermath of the EU referendum vote, according to the latest data from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The latest Construction Skills Network report (PDF, 266 KB) reveals that construction’s expected output over the next five years now averages 2% per annum – down from 2.5% in […]

CPCS could be bought out by consortium

23 October 2016 - CITB - admin - 4 Comments

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Rumours about the offloading of CPCS from the CITB to a privately run consortium have emerged after a review industry’s plant skills card scheme. The CITB own CPCS as a non for profit scheme for the plant industry training, it seems that this could be off loaded to new stakeholders who have not yet been revealed. […]

CITB distribute new £442,268 of funding of SME’s

14 July 2016 - CITB - admin - Comments Off on CITB distribute new £442,268 of funding of SME’s

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The fund, which is part of CITB’s Flexible Fund, grants up to £5000 for levy payers with fewer than 50 employees, to provide skills and training to their workforce. To date, 104 successful applicants have received £442,268 in funding. This round, all 60 small and micro construction firms, who were eligible for funding had their […]

CSCS cards provide smart way to reduce vibration damage

10 June 2016 - CITB, CSCS cards - admin - Comments Off on CSCS cards provide smart way to reduce vibration damage

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Following a report from the HSE* saying that construction has higher rates of vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome than any other sector, employers across the industry are looking at ways to tackle the ill effects of working with vibrating equipment on construction sites. Reactec has enhanced its software so that CSCS cards can […]

Parents urged to encourage construction careers

30 May 2016 - Apprenticeships, CITB - admin - Comments Off on Parents urged to encourage construction careers

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Parents have been urged to promote careers in the house-building industry to their children, with research pointing to great opportunities for progression. Past CITB studies have shown that 38% of people who embark on house-building apprenticeships reach managerial level, while seven in 10 entering the construction industry stay there until they retire. However, new polling […]

CITB launches new standard qualifications for plasterers and bricklayers

18 May 2016 - CITB - admin - Comments Off on CITB launches new standard qualifications for plasterers and bricklayers

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Construction employers have come together to design a new apprenticeship standard aimed at ensuring the next generation of workers have the skills they need to succeed. The standard for plastering has been approved as part of the trailblazer initiative, which was set up to encourage business leaders to join forces to improve on-the-job training. It […]


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