Focusing on three core priorities, CITB published its Business Plan in April, announcing it will be investing over £250m across Britain to support construction.
A front-runner in the plan for 2023-24 is the Industry Impact Fund, which launches today and invites CITB-registered employers to apply for up to £500,000.
The three priorities set out by CITB are:
1. Improving construction’s people pipeline
CITB’s latest report showed that just under 45,000 extra workers are needed annually to meet demand from now until 2027. CITB will:
Invest an additional £8.2m in new initiatives for 2023-24, including building on and enhancing existing products such as Go Construct and Onsite Experience hubs
Take the hassle out of hiring apprentices through the introduction of the New Entrant Employer Support Team
Continue to invest in future talent with a further £63m available this year through the Apprenticeship Attendance and Achievement Grants.
2. Creating defined training pathways
Work with the Welsh and Scottish Governments to influence apprenticeships, including supporting the development of the new degree apprenticeships in Wales and collaborating with Skills Development Scotland
Produce nine qualification and training pathways covering the most in demand trades, to help create clearer and more flexible routes into construction
Address new ways of working by continuing research into modern methods of construction and developing competence frameworks to meet the requirements of the Building Safety Act
3. Delivering an efficient training supply
Invest over £100m into the grants scheme in the coming year, including doubling the short course grant rates to between £60 and £240. This supports employers with the cost of core skills training
Expand the network of recognised training providers to ensure that training employers’ need for their workforce is available in the right place at the right time
Invest almost £30m into the National Construction College (NCC) to develop the facilities and quality of training, focusing the curriculum on unmet demand
Continue to invest in leadership and management training, with 10,000 people set to receive training this year.
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