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CITB job loss details to come in January

The CITB will reveal the extent of jobs under threat as a result of its restructure in January, its chief executive has told Construction News

Sarah Beale said she could not give the exact number of redundancies at present, but would be able to provide an estimate in the new year.  

She told CN: “It is very difficult to give specific numbers out, and given the fact that decisions on each individual element haven’t yet been made, we don’t know the actual impact of that.

“In January we will be far more comfortable to actually give those numbers, those estimated numbers.”

Ms Beale was speaking to Construction News after the CITB announced a raft of changes covering the next three years, including a streamlining of the workforce, outsourcing some operations and moving from Bircham Newton to a new base in Peterborough.

The training body’s Vision 2020: The Future CITB strategy marked its exit from direct delivery of training to becoming a “commissioner” of training delivery and outcomes.

Ms Beale revealed to CN the planned timeline of its outsourcing plan, which would see the majority of its back office operations and customer service handed to private firms.

Under the plans, the CITB aims to outsource functions such as finance, procurement, HR and marketing, as well as its customer services functions.

The organisation confirmed that it currently employed around 200 people in these areas.

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Ms Beale said: “We will go out to market in the next few weeks, with market analysis concluding in June 2018.”

“If successful, we would aim to go into full consultation with colleagues through summer until the autumn, and would be looking to transfer those services from autumn 2018.”

The changes will also see the CITB move away from its Bircham Newton base in Norfolk – the organisation’s home for half a century – to a new base in Peterborough.

Ms Beale said she was “optimistic” the organisation would be able to find buyers for its Bircham Newton base in Norfolk, as well as its training delivery body the National Construction College.

This plan would see the training facilities at Bircham Newton sold to private training bodies, while other parts of the 16 ha site could be sold to developers.

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