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CITB sells CSkills awarding arm

The CITB has agreed a deal to sell its awarding body CSkills Awards.

CSkills, which is the arm of the CITB that provides construction qualifications and assessments for construction learners and works with training and assessment centres to develop qualifications, will be transferred to NOCN in August.

NOCN, formerly the National Open College Network, is a government-approved awarding and assessment company that works in the UK and internationally to help companies and educational institutes provide qualifications across a number of sectors.

The newly merged group will be the second biggest construction qualification provider behind City & Guilds, providing 271 regulated qualifications from entry-level to high-level NVQs.

The new group will also be able to provide apprenticeship qualifications for construction apprenticeships across the standards currently being drawn up by employers with the support of the CITB.

In 2015/16 CSkills recorded more than 97,500 learner registrations, with 69,000 construction learners and workers achieving qualifications through the body – mainly in the form of NVQs and diplomas.

The acquisition will see 24 CSkills staff transfer employment to NOCN on 1 August when the sale is completed.

These workers will continue with their current working arrangements throughout 2017 at the CITB’s headquarters in Bircham Newton or as mobile workers.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said: “The sale of CSkills Awards is the right decision for the construction industry.

”NOCN has a commitment to continuing to service the breadth of products and services and maintain quality levels.

“In addition, NOCN will be able to greatly expand the range of qualifications on offer to customers, beyond construction occupations, as they are not subject to the same restrictions as the CITB.”

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