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Making training work

Since joining CITB I’ve conversed with stakeholders across the UK on training, skills and investment. I’m pleased to say CITB’s new Business Plan reflects this collaborative work and the views expressed during Consensus ’21.

Supporting Mental Health in Construction is a priority for CITB

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (9 to 15 May 2022) CITB is pledging its continuing support to training and understanding.

Raising mental health awareness in construction

In his latest blog our Chief Executive, Tim Balcon, writes on a subject which means a lot to him for professional and personal reasons: mental health.

Partnering for skills

It’s been great getting out and about after the pandemic restrictions we’ve endured over the last two years.

Working in partnership to deliver recruitment and skills solutions

CITB, FIS and the YouthBuild Project work together to provide disadvantaged young people with the skills and training to allow them to thrive in the workplace, helping to fill the skills gap in the finishes & interiors sector. Julius Debrah is a successful example of this initiative.

A flexible approach to construction apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a valuable investment for construction companies - apprentices help build the skills you need. But did you know apprenticeships can be extremely flexible too, to best suit your business and training needs? Find out more here.

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.

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.

My early reflections on the CITB I lead – Tim Balcon

CITB CEO Tim Balcon reflects on his first two months at the helm and how CITB will continue to support skills, training and meet the future challenges of the construction industry.

Green skills needed for all construction jobs

Globally, progress on climate action has not been anywhere near fast enough. The coronavirus pandemic led to a historic drop in global emissions last year, but it will be a glaring anomaly unless big changes are made.