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Inspiring a new generation of groundworkers

“Even at 58 years old I am learning new technologies.” Those are the words of CITB Instructor and former Groundworker Tim Heads. Bircham-based Tim, 58, became a Groundworker after leaving school. He is a good example of age, skills and job diversity in construction.

Groundworks Appreciation Week: Celebrating the unsung heroes of construction

They’re usually the first and last on site – but groundworkers remain the unsung heroes of the construction industry. So the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has teamed up with training provider AccXel for Groundworks Appreciation Week, from 27 March.

Construction workers unite to improve fire safety

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling on all construction workers to help improve fire safety across the industry. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 and subsequent inquiry, the industry has worked hard to increase safety standards to prevent such an incident from happening again.

More young people showing interest in construction career

More young people are showing interest in construction-related careers, according to findings from Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The strains on the economy are currently putting pressure on employers, who already face skills gaps and worker shortages. But CITB has recently seen a 45% increase in the number of people seeking information about a career in construction.

CITB helps crack down on rogue traders, Asbestos Boss Ltd

Following an investigation carried out by Stockport Trading Standards and the HSE, UK Manager for Asbestos Boss Ltd, Daniel Cockcroft, has been brought to justice with the help of the CITB Quality & Standards Team. Stockport Trading Standards and the HSE were first alerted to the rogue traders back in September 2021, when the company removed the asbestos insulating board from a domestic garage, with little to no control measures in place. The investigation later revealed several similar cases, with one case deemed such poor quality that the site owners received quotes up to £64,000 to put it right.

CITB to invest over £100m in grants to train construction workers this year

More than £100million in grants is being invested by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to help construction workers train and get the skills they need. From 1 April 2023, CITB is doubling grant rates for short courses to help businesses offer more training and support employers delivering core skills training to their teams amid rising costs.

CITB’s response to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement

Tim Balcon, CITB Chief Executive, said: The inclusion of in-demand construction occupations on the Shortage Occupation List is an important step in bridging the current skills gap identified in CITB's recent Construction Skills Network report, as construction rebounds from the pandemic.

NCC’s Andrew wins Plant Mechanic Apprentice of the Year award

Solution-seeking Andrew Manson has been named Plant Mechanic Apprentice of the Year.

How we’re supporting Scottish Apprentices

It’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week – and our Engagement Director for Scotland Ian Hughes has been busy sharing details of his team’s work with apprentices and employers to get the best skills for Scotland.

Cymraeg at CITB

This St David’s Day, we are putting a spotlight on CITB’s commitment to supporting the Welsh language.