Sir, On accompanying my daughter to a careers evening held at Launceston College, Cornwall, last month, I was dismayed to see that, although a wide range of employers ranging from colleges and training providers to the armed forces and the police were exhibiting, the Construction Industry Training Board was not present.
I asked the head where the CITB was and he duly replied: 'They have not bothered to turn up.'
It transpires that Launceston College holds this careers evening every other year and the CITB failed to turn up at the 2004 event either.
Is it really any wonder that we are struggling to encourage youngsters into the construction industry when the CITB cannot be bothered to even show up at organised events such as these when the potential candidates ages range from 13 to 16 and are accompanied by their parents?
What a missed opportunity.
If the CITB were not reliant on levy payments, I wonder how long they would survive before going bankrupt for missing such business opportunities?
How many times is this occurring? Is it just at the one college or is it nationally?
Perhaps the levy we all pay does not cover for out-of-hours payments!
Andy Williamson Managing Director AWCS (Launceston) Ltd Launceston Cornwall