The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has confirmed it will end all direct training by 2020, following a major restructuring in November 2017. The CITB’s Chief Executive, Sarah Beale, explained the full implications in an e-mail last week. “The plans are to exit all direct training by the beginning of 2020, with the intention to sell these activities, ideally as a going concern, wherever feasible. If we cannot sell these activities, then there is a risk that we will need to discontinue and close some business areas.”
Much of the specialist construction training undertaken by the CITB is unique and the organisations main facility at Bircham Newton means that complex training involving heavy equipment, tunnelling, cranes and scaffolding can be easily accommodated. The sale of the training activities is complex, since the CITB’s training is currently organised so that loss making courses are subsidised by profit making activities.
Unite's National Officer for Construction, Jerry Swain, states: “This reveals that the CITB has no commitment to ensuring that there are the necessary training facilities available to meet the UK’s construction training needs. Much of the direct training provided by the CITB is absolutely unique. If no one picks this up there is a real danger that the UK will not have the necessary skilled workforce to maintain a buoyant construction industry. The CITB is in danger of becoming a self-serving, self-satisfying organisation that fails to deliver for the needs of the industry it is meant to serve.”
Unite will be writing to the relevant government ministers and their shadow counterparts raising its concerns about the future of construction training given the CITB’s decision.
The CITB is also planning to sell its offices in Bircham Newton and London, and relocate to new premises in the Peterborough area, while also outsourcing all its back office operations including IT, human resources and estates.
More at: https://www.citb.co.uk
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