CITB launches new toolkits to help employers hire apprentices


THE CITB has launched a series of apprenticeship toolkits to help construction employers with hiring an apprentice.

The aim is to simplify access to information and reduce the obstacles that often deter employers from looking into the process.

The toolkits will detail the various routes to hiring an apprentice across Scotland, England, and Wales. From there, there’s a choice of four other sections to explore, including support available from CITB. This could be practical support, assistance with completing paperwork, or financial support, with a breakdown on how to claim funding for an apprentice.

The move coincides with National Apprenticeship Week, a week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and Wales. Scotland has a similar week in March.

Alan Wilson, head of apprenticeships & careers products at CITB, said, “Apprenticeships are vital to the construction industry, but it’s important to remember they can also be a fantastic addition to any business, in general. Hiring an apprentice can be a great way to pass on an important trade to the next generation, help your business grow, and even increase productivity.

“For these reasons, it’s extremely important that all employers understand what an apprenticeship is and the different types available. The new toolkits are a brilliant support system, covering a huge amount of advice and tips that can often be a daunting and time-consuming task to figure out on your own.”

You can find the website toolkits here: