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Over the coming year we’re investing over £233m to support British construction. CITB’s business plan will build on our achievements to date and our work will focus on tackling three key challenges facing the construction industry:

1. Responding to the skills demand

Each year, an estimated 50,000 new recruits are needed in the industry, but there are barriers to attracting new talent. Research indicates only 30% of potential new recruits feel that construction is ‘for them’.

2. Developing the capacity and capability of construction training provision

Mandatory core occupational skills training needs to be delivered efficiently and conveniently.

3. Future skills needs

Industry wants to develop the non-technical skills of the construction managers of today and leaders of tomorrow. Behavioural skills training, digital skills and Net Zero ways of working are becoming increasingly important.

These challenges impact on each part of the talent pipeline, from inspiring people outside of the industry to choose construction as their career, through to retaining existing talent.  

Overview of our plan

Responding to the skills demand

We will raise the profile of construction careers through:

  • Go construct
  • Skillbuild
  • STEM Ambassadors
  • Tasters

We will support three key routes into the industry:

  • Apprenticeship and employer grants
  • Occupational traineeships
  • Onsite hubs

We will help to retain existing construction employees by setting up commissions that address:

  • Fairness, inclusion and respect
  • Mental health

Developing the capacity and capability of construction training provision

We will make it easier to access training through:

  • E-learning
  • Training Directory improvements

We will help industry overcome barriers to training by:

  • Improving our grant and funding systems
  • Offering targeted support to priority skills
  • Developing Training Groups to enhance localised training support

We will continue to:

  • Provide core skills training
  • Make sure NCC makes available vital training in niche and at-risk skills 

Addressing future skills needs

We will:

  • Continue standards development
  • Empower employers to address skills challenges in their locality
  • Conduct research that informs our future strategies, plans and products
  • Set up commissions to identify areas that need further investment

We will enhance our support for non-technical skills such as:

  • Apprenticeship and employer grants
  • Occupational traineeships
  • Leadership and management in construction
  • Net Zero
  • Onsite hubs
  • Digitisation

How we invest your Levy

Your Levy - over the next year


Investment breakdown:

  • £233.2 million - Total investment 2022 - 2023
  • £134.6 million - Direct employer funding
  • £84.9 million - Providing products and services
  • £13.8m - Other support

Your Levy - over the next 3 years


Investment breakdown:

  • £764.3 million - Total investment 2022 - 2025
  • £466.8 million - Direct employer funding
  • £255.2 million - Providing products and services
  • £42.4m - Other support

Talent pipeline


CITB's work will focus on the entire employment life cycle:

  • Attract people to construction
  • Routes into industry
  • Enter Industry
  • Up-skill core skills
  • Up-skill occupational skills
  • Up-skill behavioural skills
  • Retain people

How we will measure our success

  • 10% increase in the number of people visiting Go Construct
  • 4,600 taster opportunities available
  • 5% increase in apprenticeship starts
  • 67% apprenticeship completion rate
  • 6,750 onsite hub experiences delivered, with 6,450 people site-ready or job starters
  • 200 learners starting Occupational Traineeships with construction employers

How we will work with our partners

Our plan cements the work we'll be doing to address the challenges facing the industry and shape the future of construction:

Empowering employers

Our Customer Engagement team engage with approximately 25,000 businesses every year:
● Empowering employers to determine their local skills needs
● Tailoring support for smaller firms
● Supporting more employers to take on an apprentice

Working with Government

We’ll work with UK Government, local authorities, training providers and employers to build a better construction industry for Britain.

Working with our Nation Councils

We collaborate and consult with industry and Nation Councils to ensure our work is suitable for England, Scotland and Wales.

We support grants and funding at a nation level, responding to regions’ differing needs and challenges.

Construction Leadership Council

In April, the Construction Leadership Council published an update to its sector-wide skills plan for construction and the built environment. It contained actions for all its partners, including CITB, and this Business Plan provides the context and focus for how we will deliver our commitments.

Developing our people

We’ll invest in our people to make sure customers are at the heart of everything we do and we have the right culture, capabilities and values to support industry.

Skills Stability Plan

In June 2020, CITB published its Skills Stability Plan, which sets out how CITB is supporting employers’ skills and training needs as the industry restarts following the impact of COVID-19.

The Skills Stability Plan describes the prioritisation and skills investments in the April 2020-March 2021 financial year. The priorities are to protect apprenticeships and provide direct funding to employers to adopt new ways of working needed in the wake of COVID-19 and retain skills. 

CITB will work with other industry partners to match displaced workers with new opportunities, including through exploring a talent retention scheme. This will build on the support already provided to help apprentices complete their programmes including through up-front grant payments to current year 2 and year 3 apprentices, assistance to match displaced or at-risk apprentices to new employers and developing more alternative options such as Shared Apprenticeship Schemes.

The Plan has also prioritised the Grant Scheme and direct funding for employers through the Skills and Training Funds, with £8m earmarked for small and micro businesses, £3.5m for medium-sized businesses, with a £3m Leadership and Management Fund for large firms. This will help employers train to adapt to the new working environment and update the skills needed by their business to help recover.

Read the Skills Stability Plan