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CITB levy gets strong Ceca backing

The campaign to retain the CITB-ConstructionSkills Levy Order was given a significant boost today after a major survey signalled strong industry approval.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association survey found 77 per cent of its members supported the existing system whereby construction firms pay a compulsory levy before applying for grants to fund staff training.

The scheme will soon undergo its triennial consultation with industry to determine whether it should be continued.

Ceca national director Rosemary Beales said:  “Our members have expressed their strong support for the continuation of CITB-ConstructionSkills’ levy collecting powers, representing a real vote of confidence in the organisation’s commitment to training the construction industry workforce.”

However the respondents also called on CITB to reform the system to keep pace with the changing industry.

Among members suggestions were a simplification of the system, better targeting of grant to employer needs, an increase in employer day rates, a signal that CITB is prepared to invest more, an increase in the number training days and a replacement to the scrapped Train to Gain scheme.

Ms Beales added: “Our members are also concerned that the Levy/Grant system should not stand still over the next three years.

“In order to retain the support of the construction industry, it must adequately reflect the rapidly changing circumstances faced by the industry as it returns to growth in the years ahead.

“Ceca will be active in working with CITB-ConstructionSkills to ensure that the system meets the needs of its members.”

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