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CITB announces reforming Business Plan

CITB has unveiled its three-year Business Plan, a reforming programme of work designed to modernise its business and relentlessly focus on skills.

Based on feedback from industry, including NFB members and the Government’s ITB Review. Vision 2020: Business Plan 2018-21, outlines how CITB will become the focused, strategic skills body for British construction.

The Business Plan adds substantial detail to the Agenda for Change published last year, revealing a massive £689 million investment into construction skills. Underpinned by a new set of key performance indicators, CITB will be open, transparent and accountable. Investment across the 2018- 2021 period will reflect CITB’s strategic priorities:

  • £613m on Training and Development to deliver skills outcomes • £31m on Engagement, securing the skills policy framework
  • £17m on Careers, increasing from £3m in 2018/19 to £8m in 2020/21
  • £9m on building CITB’s evidence base, identify needs and delivering outcomes
  • £4m on Standards and Qualifications, providing consistency and quality.

The Business Plan is transparent and contains a road-map of milestones as CITB modernises, exiting direct delivery and focusing on skills outcomes. This includes sharing more detail on the Vision 2020 programme so that the construction sector can chart CITB’s progress. These changes mean CITB’s workforce will decrease.

The Business Plan estimates that the current figure of 1,370 employees will become fewer than 600 by 2020/21. CITB Chief Executive Sarah Beale, said:

“CITB has listened, and we have now taken action. This Business Plan sets out our ambitions for the next three years.

“It shows how CITB’s work across England, Scotland and Wales will modernise and repurpose. By 2020 we will be the ‘levy in, skills out’ body construction employers asked for, doing less, better, while being fully transparent and accountable. “I am confident that this Business Plan will make a radical difference to CITB, enabling us to meet the skills needs of construction.”

Reforms highlighted in the Plan are underway with the introduction of CITB’s Training Model and new Grant scheme earlier this month. The training model is a transformative new system which will help NFB members access training and grant from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) launched in April. The new Training Model and Grants Scheme is a central feature of CITB’s Vision 2020 programme, delivered on time and on budget as the training body becomes more responsive and accountable to the industry it serves.

The Training Model is broken down into three parts:

  • Construction Training Directory – where employers can find the right training, in the right place, at the right time. This is supported by Grant from CITB quality assured training providers, focused on construction skills.
  • Construction Training Register – an online database which allows employers to search records of employees to check skills and manage their training needs. The scale of this is huge, recording millions of individual training achievements by our construction workforce. One of the key benefits is that there will be less duplication of training, as employers can rely on the training a new employee has gained elsewhere.
  • New Grant Scheme – more flexible and focussed on supporting construction-related training, allowing CITB to support the areas of greatest training need. On successful completion of a course, a CITB Approved Training Organisation CITB (ATO) will confirm the learner’s achievement, upload the details onto the Construction Training Register, triggering the automated grant process. This process will massively cut red tape for employers.

The new Construction Training Directory and Construction Training Register are both in early stage use. CITB does not expect them to operate at their full potential, nor hold all courses and records, until early 2019. During the intervening period CITB will work with ATOs to upload all available courses whilst screening and matching employee records for the Construction Training Register.

To ensure continuity of service and a customer-focused transition, CITB will run both the manual and automated grant payment processes in parallel. The manual grants process will only be ‘turned off’ when it is certain that the new products are working effectively.

Braden Connolly, Director of Products and Services at CITB, said:

“We are delighted to launch CITB’s new Training Model and Grants Scheme, on time and on budget. It is a major step towards CITB becoming the modern, responsive, accountable organisation industry wants us to be.

“The new Construction Training Directory will make it much easier for employers to get the training they need, where they need it, when they need it.

“By tracking achievements and making employee qualifications accessible to employers, the new Construction Training Register will have a transformative effect on the ability of employers not only to train employees, but also to hire people with the right skills on day one.”

The Construction Training Directory will take time to fully populate as more and more training providers are approved. While the process begins the current grant system will run alongside the new Training Model and automated grant system. This will allow time for people to get familiar with the new system and for the directory to be populated.

Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB said:

“This is a new chapter for us as an organisation and for the industry as a whole. The new automated Grants process will make it much easier for employers of all sizes to receive funding for the training they need. “In addition, the new Construction Training Register will give us a much better understanding about the skills issues we have across the country, allowing us to take a more informed, strategic approach. “We are still in the early stages but I feel confident that this work will make a real and lasting difference to construction employers across England, Scotland and Wales.”

For more information about the Training Model and new grant system, please visit

To become an Approved Training Organisation, please visit