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Experience is the best teacher

The support I’ve had from older colleagues throughout my career has been a great encouragement to me, from starting out as a gas apprentice, to first becoming a Chief Executive, a role I found extremely tough in my early days.

Time to shine – registration opens for SkillBuild 2022

The largest and longest-running construction skills competition in the UK returns, as registration opens for SkillBuild 2022. SkillBuild is delivered by CITB and forms a part of WorldSkills UK, often dubbed the ‘skills Olympics.’

Industry leaders wanted for trustee roles on the CITB board

The construction sector is leading the way in helping the UK economy bounce back from the pandemic and the Construction Industry Training board (CITB) is now looking for industry leaders to join its board. In this voluntary role you will help shape the future of construction as the industry works to meet the skills gap and the drive to Net Zero whilst gaining high level public body experience first hand.

Construction Site Safety Testing Centre Fraudsters Given Custodial Sentence

Two men, one from Manchester and one from Macclesfield have today been sentenced to 28 months each at Chester Crown Court. The pair pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud and fraud by false representation between May and September 2019, after falsifying CITB health, safety and environment tests for commercial gain.

Construction employers receive suite of apprenticeship support resources as industry is urged to rethink recruitment methods

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, a series of apprenticeship toolkits have launched to support construction employers with hiring an apprentice.

Whatever you are building, CITB can help you access funding for training to help grow your business

CITB’s Engagement Advisor for Dorset, Darren Lawrence was excited to be asked to support the training needs of this creative crew at Daniel Jeffries Carpentry!

Construction Skills Fund hubs help 20,000 become site-ready

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is heralding its Construction Skills Fund (CSF) initiative a resounding success after 20,000 people became site-ready after training at its hubs; 6,000 of those from the second phase of the scheme alone. 54% of those who completed training were from groups typically under-represented in construction.

Construction needs to rethink how it attracts its workforce as war for talent hots up

Construction employers are being encouraged to rethink how they attract their workforce as competition for skilled workers gets more intense. The industry faces a tough challenge to meet its recruitment needs in a labour market that is running hot and with new CITB research showing that just two per cent of those outside construction see it as their preferred industry to work in.

Small businesses are at the heart of my plans for the CITB

I was recently asked who I most admire in the construction industry, past or present. My answer, in Construction Management magazine, was the small business owner. To have the initiative and bravery to do something completely on your own, without a safety net, is truly courageous.

Natalie’s “life-changing” drive into construction

When former Care home worker Natalie Visser began health and safety training she never imagined it would lead to a bold career change as part of the Construction Skills Fund (CSF) programme.