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CITB commits to shake-up after government probe

The CITB has unveiled a series of reforms after a government-commissioned review urged wide-ranging changes to make the training body “more focused, efficient and responsive”. 

In a 34-page review – carried out by former construction adviser Paul Morrell – of industry training boards, published yesterday, the Department for Education demanded the CITB improve its performance and become more accountable to its levy-payers.

As part of the review, the DfE also promised to work more effectively with the CITB, strengthen its governance over the body and focus on collective action to tackle the sector’s skills gap. 

In response, the CITB has promised a series of changes including better representation of small and medium-sized firms on its board and greater transparency of the body’s operations, including more regular reviews by key industry figures.

The changes will also include a complete overhaul of the organisation at the start of next year, with the CITB council and National Committees being restructured to better suit local needs.

Last month, the majority of the industry voted to back the continuation of the CITB as part of the triennial consensus vote on the future of the body.

Despite voting to keep the levy and the CITB, firms and trade bodies called for reform of the body to ensure it was structured to better suit the skills requirements of the industry.

Responding to these calls, the CITB has put together a six-point plan of objectives it aims to achieve over the next 12 months to make the body more accountable, representative, relevant, responsive, innovative and influential (see box).

Other changes at the organisation will include the creation of a new executive led by a senior industry figure to ensure the industry is able to train the right number of apprentices to meet future demand.

This new group will report to the Construction Leadership Council and Department for Education on its progress next spring.

The body has also promised to streamline its operations and move away from directly delivering training, instead acting solely as an administrator of skills provision and commissioner of training schemes.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said: “The ITB review echoes what our industry has told us it wants from a future CITB. We fully support its conclusions.

“We’ve heard the calls for change loud and clear so now we look ahead to some tough but vital decisions to become the ‘levy in, skills out’ organisation that our industry needs.

“I appreciate the backing of government and of industry as we start on the journey of transforming the CITB.”

CITB’s six-point plan

1) Be accountable

Through national campaigns, transparent strategic planning and a new outcomes focus, you’ll help shape what we do, how we do it and see it happen.

2) Be representative

Through strong partnerships, renewed governance and improved accountability we will be more representative of our industry. 

3) Be relevant 

By modernising, changing the way we do business and providing the support that you need – building an insight base, creating a high-quality standards framework, advocating, engaging and influencing to ensure training provision.

4) Be responsive

By reforming our Grants Scheme, making payments easier and more accessible, and using our resources to support a sustainable, responsive and high-quality training and development market. 

5) Be innovative

Ensure our resources are focused on getting the market working, creating an outcomes-orientated business that is agile, flexible and strategic, delivering on the outcomes that matter to our industry.

6) Be influential

Build engaging, dynamic partnerships that offer creative and innovative responses to industry’s big challenges – from closing the skills gap to advocating for construction careers.    

 

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