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CITB Wales update: New £780k onsite investment will attract 800 new entrants

Welcome to CITB Wales quarterly update. Here’s news on our work that will help you get the most of our services across Wales.

Variety the spice of life for SkillBuild finalist Marlène

Swiftly gaining skills in every aspect of a trade is what being an apprentice is all about. SkillBuild finalist Marlène Lagnado is a fine example of the benefits of apprenticeships - and the opportunities construction offers.

CITB Wales announce £780K investment to extend Onsite Experience Hubs project

Funding of CITB Wales’ Onsite Experience Hubs, a project which has seen 524 people become site ready in just 18 months, has been extended to 2025. The £780,000 funding will enable 780 more people from local communities to gain invaluable skills and experience, opening a range of construction career opportunities.

Engagement Director, Deborah Madden, chats to Fix Radio about what we're doing to help micro businesses hire apprentices

Our Engagement Director for England, Deb Madden, chatted to Chance Litchfield from Fix Radio about what we're doing to help micro businesses hire apprentices including: CITB’s New Entrant team offering direct practical support to sole traders and SMEs to bring in an apprentice, funding options to cover training costs.

Rugby and carpentry a winning mix for skilful Oliver

The largest and longest-running construction skills competition in the UK returned earlier this year. SkillBuild is delivered by CITB in conjunction with WorldSkills UK, and as preparations for the National Finals get underway, we hear from finalist, Oliver Tudor.

SkillBuild finalist Courtney full of praise for LGBTQ+ trades community

One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry is promoting diversity. Encouraging people of all backgrounds to join industry has been a priority for many years.

CITB provides major investment for rural Scottish communities to help reduce skills gap

CITB’s Scottish Academy for Construction Opportunities (SACO) commission progresses with two successful bids, awarding a total of £1.3m across the Highlands and Islands. This investment will directly help address the construction industry’s skills gap, increase employment retention, and provide vital support to new starters at the beginning of their construction careers.

CITB invests £1.8m to support England Construction Opportunities and reduce the skills gap

CITB’s England Construction Opportunities (ECO) commission sees eight successful bids awarded a total of just over £1.8m. This investment will directly help address the construction industry’s skills gap, increase employment retention, and provide vital support to new starters at the beginning of their construction careers.

CITB welcomes CLC’s new strategy

CITB Chief Executive, Tim Balcon, who is a member of the CLC Task Force Group, said: “We welcome the CLC’s new three-year strategy and its focus on working collaboratively to deliver transformational change, boost productivity and create a more resilient industry, creating capability and capacity to deliver future growth.

CITB response to Chancellor's Fiscal statement

CITB’s Chief Executive, Tim Balcon responds to Chancellor's Fiscal statement.