Builders trade body wants to “deconstruct” CITB

Grant Prior 2 years ago

The National Federation of Builders is calling for a fundamental restructuring of the CITB including an end to its levy raising powers.

The trade body has launched a discussion paper aiming to spark an industry and Government-wide debate about the future of CITB.

Key recommendations include:

  • Creation of a new construction careers body
  • Fundamental reform of Levy including stripping CITB of Levy raising powers
  • Removal of the grants system and corresponding reduction in Levy
  • Delivering apprenticeship and qualification financial incentives through Government
  • Retaining a residual CITB to focus on work as the Sector Skills Council
  • Redeploying local advisors through Employment and Skills Boards
  • Ending CITB projects and programmes
  • Changing CITB’s status and submitting the organisation to competitive tender

The Reconstructing CITB states that the majority of construction employers asked do not see CITB as adding value to the industry, do not believe that the labour market meets industry’s needs and do not think that they can access the training they need when they need it.

Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the NFB said: “As a member-led organisation we have lobbied for years for the CITB to reform from within. Our members have finally come to the conclusion that is no longer a viable option and that CITB needs a fundamental reorganisation.

“Only the Government will be able to deliver that, so we are launching this paper to spark a serious and wide-ranging debate about how we mobilise to get this done. I’m calling on all those who pay CITB Levy to join us in this fight. It’s time to reconstruct CITB.

Herman Kok, Company Secretary of the Lindum Group, and chair of the NFB Skills and Training subgroup who authored the paper added: “Many employers will feel, like I do, that the CITB consensus process is disingenuous and doesn’t give us the opportunity to issue our verdict on the failing CITB – we support the principle of a cross-industry approach, just not the organisation tasked with delivering it.

“As an employee-owned organisation and a former chair of an independent training group, I know as well as most the incredible value of training.

“What I cannot support is continuing to look the other way on an organisation that simply cannot deliver on its core mission – it is time we think outside the box, do the construction industry the justice of being truly creative and transformative, and open a proper debate about the tools we need to attract, retain, champion and upskill our people”.

Tim Balcon, Chief Executive of CITB, said: “Having a strong working relationship with all construction employers and their member organisations is very important to CITB.

“We were pleased that NFB members supported the Levy in the recent Consensus process and look forward to building on that positive result. As with all of our stakeholders, I look forward to discussing with NFB the current and future skills needs of construction employers of Great Britain.”

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