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CITB has appointed Jackie Ducker as the organisation’s new Customer and Product Director, replacing the outgoing Braden Connolly. Jackie steps into her new role on 5 July.
A new generation of traineeship begins this week at Hartlepool College for 20 bricklaying learners.
The West Midlands is set to benefit from a new scheme to assist residents looking for employment or change of career and fill a skills shortage in local construction.
Construction has bounced back quicker than expected from the Covid-19 pandemic and the industry will reach 2019 levels of output in 2022. By 2025, the industry will need to recruit an additional 217,000 new workers just to meet demand. That’s the forecast of the Construction Skills Network (CSN) 2021-25, published by CITB today.
Your CITB update this week has two main items: news of a bounce back in construction output predicted in our new 2021-25 skills forecast, and details of a free health and wellbeing conference for employers.
The Construction Levy rates will remain the same for 2022-25 under proposals confirmed by the CITB Board on 21 May, with industry support to be measured this summer.
Today’s email details the freezing of Construction Levy rates and the SkillBuild 2021 qualifier competitions.
Today I want to talk about how the Skills & Training Fund can support Medium-sized businesses; some hopefully useful information about the Levy Return 2021; news about some free webinars for training providers; and the results of the CLC ‘People Survey’, which provides a snapshot of the construction workforce as we move out of the pandemic.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Research by CITB has shown that almost all construction workers have experienced stress in the last year, and more than a quarter have experienced suicidal thoughts.
“I’m a 6 ft 3, an ex-rugby player with a face like a kicked-in biscuit tin – I’m not the sort of person you expect to stand up and talk about this. But if one person working in construction can take something from this, then it’ll help.”