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Industry backs CITB levy for 3 more years

CITB-ConstructionSkills has secured industry’s backing for the statutory levy system for another three years.

The thirteen consensus federations pledged their support for the system and around 69 per cent of polled levy paying employers gave their backing.

The level of support is unchanged since the last vote in 2007.

CSkills has pledged to adapt its offering to meet industry’s needs following an extensive period of consultation ahead of the vote.

The results will now be passed on to the department for business innovation and skills before being laid before parliament in 2012.

CSkills chief executive Mark Farrar said:  “We are delighted to have received the support of the industry for its Levy/Grant system. We’ve put employers at the heart of our work, listened to their views and shaped our strategies to make sure we support industry at this difficult time, but we recognise that there is still much to be done.

“Economic uncertainty is still a cause for concern, and we know that next year will be tough – that’s why it’s important for us to work closely with employers and trade bodies to provide quality information, advice and guidance to increase productivity, develop the right products and services to meet current challenges and work to recruit the best and brightest talent into industry – so that we have a sustainable skills base once we emerge from the recession.

“We will continue to provide training grants for federation members to assist skills development in different parts of the industry. By investing in training now, the industry will be ready to meet future skills needs for the upturn.” 

Civil Engineering Contractors Association head of industry affairs Alasdair Resiner said:  “CECA is in full support of CITB-ConstructionSkills and the renewal of the statutory Levy Order that will enable it to carry on supporting the development of skills and training.

“The last few years have certainly been challenging for the UK industry. However, we believe that CITB-ConstructionSkills’ work is as important now as it has ever been. To ensure the industry moves forward into the future, we need to give CITB-ConstructionSkills our continued support.”

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