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CITB Wales update: 83% rise in skills and training funding

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

CITB’s employer network pilot to offer construction sector specific support

Employers can now receive expert advice and support from sector specific networks, as part of the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) employer network pilot. As well as the local training networks, selected sectors will also be supported making it even easier to find and fund appropriate construction training.

From NCC apprentice to social media superstar

Ten years on from completing her plant operative apprenticeship at CITB's NCC, Amy Underwood is using her huge online presence to promote construction to the next generation.

Helping Onsite T Level students into construction jobs

The CITB and partners (DfE, IFATE, NOCN, Gatsby Foundation and the Association of Colleges (AOC)) are piloting a new way for T Level students to demonstrate full occupational competence once in work.

Apprentices talk to podcast about their experiences for National Apprenticeship Week

To celebrate this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve teamed up with the Construction Talk podcast to bring you apprentices’ experiences and some industry insights from our Engagement Director for Wales, Julia Stevens.

Apprenticeships: the heart of addressing skills demand

I’m a big fan of apprenticeships. Earning while learning is a great way to start working life. I know because when I became an apprentice gas service engineer in the early 1980s it changed my life.

SkillBuild returns, as huge demand for construction skills remains

The largest and longest-running construction skills competition in the UK returns, with registration now open for SkillBuild 2023.

Enabling the enablers: Using CITB funding for specialist training

From upskilling staff to attracting new recruits and increasing the services they offer, the team at Sanctus have enjoyed a wealth of benefits as a result of applying to CITB’s Skills and Training Fund.

Free funding for small businesses? “It just makes sense”

Small and medium sized businesses across the construction industry are feeling the pressure of rising costs. And that’s why, to cover much-needed training and certificate updates for site staff, SIAD Group worked with their CITB adviser to put in a funding application to support their annual training budget.

Welcoming apprentices: Combining grants and free funding to face the future

As a family-run company with 45 years of successful trading under its belt, Hawkins Group is in a position to give something back. This year, thanks to financial support from the CITB, the company has been able to employ and develop six apprenticeships to help tackle the skills gap within the construction industry.