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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.”
Today’s email details the CITB’s plans for returning to face-to-face customer support, and our end of year review.
Today I want to talk about the Nation Council Chair vacancies for England and Scotland; the Supply Chain Sustainability School virtual workshops and webinars on Fairness, Inclusion and Respect; the HSE’s new toolkit aimed at reducing work-based stress; and how CITB is widening support for employers with apprentices who have to “Travel to Train”.
This week we launch the Nation Plans, detailing skills priorities for England, Scotland and Wales. There is also a reminder that the deadline is this Sunday to have your say in our Levy proposals consultation, and news that hundreds of Level 3 qualifications are now free for some adults as part of a Government initiative.
Supporting employers’ core skills and training needs and tackling long-term people and skills challenges underpin CITB’s 2021/22 Business Plan, published today (Tuesday 30 March).