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Edinburgh College hosts top construction trainees for ‘skills Olympics’

Top construction trainees from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been named as competitors at the SkillBuild National Finals 2022. SkillBuild is delivered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in partnership with WorldSkills UK, often dubbed the ‘skills Olympics.’ Over 80 finalists made it through the qualifying rounds, which were held at various colleges across the UK earlier this year.

Investment, innovation, and collaboration with industry – CITB accounts 2021-22

CITB responded quickly to a host of challenges faced by the sector by investing in apprenticeships, launching a range of innovative initiatives, and working collaboratively with industry, the organisation’s 2021-22 Annual Report and Accounts reveal.

Collaboration is the key to success

Six months on from the launch of the updated Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Industry Skills Plan, I’m delighted to share how we’ve worked together to support the industry.

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.

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.

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.