CITB’s Annual Review and Report and Accounts* for 2017/18 have been published. They show a productive and transformative 15 months at CITB, as the organisation starts to deliver its Vision 2020 reform programme.
- 10,000 employers were supported to provide nearly 30,000 apprentices – 19,600 (62%) directly through CITB Apprenticeships, again rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.
- 23 new Apprenticeship Standards and 78 new Training Standards were put into development.
- Nearly half (47%) of young people said they explored a career in construction, compared to 36% in 2016, after seeing CITB’s promotional work.**
- 2 million days of training were supported, with an investment of £181.9 million in grants.
- £24.8 million of funding was provided to 1,200 applicants on employer-led programmes with impacts on careers, training and development and innovation.***
Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB, said:
“The last year has seen significant achievements by CITB as we help the sector construct a better Britain, ensuring it has the right skills in the right place at the right time.
“We’ve teamed up with construction firms on a variety of challenges and seen significant improvements as a result, attracting new people through Go Construct and our Construction Ambassadors programme, improving standards and qualifications, and boosting training and development. It’s been a huge team effort.
“We have widened access to our funding, through our Flexible, Structured, and Skills and Training funds and launched the new Training Model. This will simplify and open up training opportunities for employers, particularly the SMEs that dominate our sector.”
Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director said:
“The Annual Review and Report and Accounts comes at a time of change for CITB. Our focus is now on doing fewer things better, with a leaner and more agile business, more responsive to employers constantly evolving skills needs.
“CITB’s Vision 2020 – The Future CITB Business Plan, released in April 2018 places us in good stead to build on this work over the next three years. It sets out the key milestones, spending plans and changes to our governance to provide the transformative changes we all want to see.”
CITB has committed to five key strategic objectives to meet the industry’s skills needs in response to Consensus and the Government’s ITB Review:
- Help promote construction as a great sector to work in
- Make sure training and assessments reflect industry needs
- Ensure employers can access training when they see the need
- Create the right funding opportunities to support industry actions on skills
- Develop a strong evidence base to determine the industry’s skills and training needs.
The Annual Review and Report and Accounts have been published at a time when CITB has helped over 775 Carillion Apprentices into employment in England.****