CITB to sell Cskills awarding body

Sarah Beale

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced the sale of its awarding body Cskills Awards to NOCN.

The body offers construction qualifications through its work with training and assessment centres. NOCN (previously the National Open College Network) will inherit around 4,000 apprenticeships per year in the transfer process.

The move will take place on August 1 and see 24 Cskills Awards staff transfer their employment to NOCN.

Sarah Beale, chief executive of CITB, commented, “The sale of Cskills Awards is the right decision for the construction industry. NOCN has a commitment to continuing to service the breadth of products and services and maintain quality levels. In addition, NOCN will be able to greatly expand the range of qualifications on offer to customers, beyond construction occupations, as they are not subject to the same restrictions as CITB.

“Our thanks and good wishes go with our colleagues who have not only served CITB well, but I am sure will continue to deliver excellent support to the industry through NOCN.”

Graham Hasting-Evans, managing director of NOCN, added, “As someone who started out as an apprentice first time around and who has worked in the building and construction sector for many years, I find this new opportunity very exciting. I am looking forward to working with Cskills Awards personnel to incorporate their product expertise and their technological distinctiveness to NOCN.