CITB welcomes inclusion of construction occupations to Shortage Occupation List

Tim Balcon. Image credit: Peter Devlin

THE CITB has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to add ‘in-demand’ construction occupations to the Shortage Occupation List.

Tim Balcon, chief executive of the training body, responded to this week’s spring budget by stating, “The inclusion of in-demand construction occupations on the Shortage Occupation List is an important step in bridging the current skills gap identified in CITB’s recent Construction Skills Network report, as construction rebounds from the pandemic.

“We will continue to work in partnership with government and the construction industry to grow the skills of the domestic construction workforce and create a dynamic migration system to ensure industry is able to deliver its pipeline of work.

“We also look forward to working with government on returnership, following the chancellor’s announcement on Wednesday.”