CITB agrees sale of National Construction College Midlands

CITB agrees sale of National Construction College Midlands
CITB’s former National Construction College (NCC) facility based at King’s Norton, Birmingham

The CITB has agreed to sell its Midlands National Construction College (NCC) to Walsall College on 30 November.

The sale includes the land, buildings and business based at King’s Norton in Birmingham. 17 CITB staff members are also being transferred over as employees of Walsall College.

An experienced construction skills provider, Walsall College will look to further develop a comprehensive offer for apprentices and work-based leaners that takes them from basic to advanced skills training in sector specialisms including scaffolding and roofing. 

The sale of the college by CITB is part of its Vision 2020 programme. Reforms include handing over direct training to alternative providers who can offer a service at least as good as that which is currently in place. This allows CITB to focus on delivering improved skills outcomes for all construction employers across Great Britain. 

Braden Connolly, CITB Director of Products and Services, said: “Walsall College is an excellent Further Education provider with a strong track record and links to employers all over the region. This landmark agreement will secure a bright future for high-quality construction training provision for the industry in the Midlands, with commitments to maintain and develop existing training and with no redundancies from the sale.

“It also marks the first of our four National Construction College facilities across the country to be sold to an alternative training provider, as part of our programme to reform CITB to better serve the sector for the future.”

Jatinder Sharma, Walsall College’s Principal and Chief Executive, said: “This acquisition takes the college in a new direction for which we are ideally situated.  It utilises our expertise in key areas, while enabling us to increase the level and breadth of our provision. 

“Construction and infrastructure are priority areas for economic recovery in the West Midlands.  The emphasis really must be on how we widen our support for local employers and their workforces; ensuring they access the right skills to accelerate the pace of these new builds and redevelopments.

“We look forward to getting started.”

The National Construction Colleges remain open for business and are taking bookings both now and into 2021.