CITB business plan prioritises ‘core’ training and skills needs


CITB has published its 2021/22 business plan and revealed it is underpinned by supporting employers’ core skills and training needs and tackling long-term people and skills challenges.

£140 million of industry Levy will be invested in funding for employers to train and in employer support and services.

CITB said the targeted investments in careers, training and development, and standards and qualifications reflect input from employers on their priorities, including CITB’s Nations Councils for Scotland, England and Wales.

There will be ‘significant’ investment in areas like apprenticeship support, work placements, building bridges from further education into construction, and direct funding to employers for training. CITB added that enhanced funding support will increasingly focus on the most in-demand skill areas required to deliver accelerated homebuilding and infrastructure and wider challenges such as boosting productivity, safety and net zero aspirations.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said, “This business plan is based on listening to the industry and investing in what it has told us is important to it. As promised, we’re targeting Levy at fewer initiatives to ensure industry funds work hard and tackle priority issues. The plan strikes the right balance between employers’ current needs and future skills challenges.

“We will continue to work in partnership with industry to help attract talent and make it easier for new entrants to join, while giving employers the right support and access to training to upskill their people and retain vital skills. This work will put construction in a strong position to grow, improve productivity and become an inclusive, even-more-rewarding sector in which to develop a career.”