100 Trainees benefit from new Swansea scaffolding centre


More than 100 learners have passed through the CITB's new Welsh scaffolding centre in its first three months. The £1.5 million scaffolding centre, at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre in Swansea, has both trained students looking to move into the sector and provided a temporary staff welfare hub during the Covid-19 pandemic. Gareth Wyn Evans, Centre Manager from the Construction Wales...

Quarter-million workers receive CITB training as pandemic loomed

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CITB supported the training of nearly a quarter of a million construction workers in the last financial year, according to newly published accounts. The annual report, laid before Parliament on 28 January 2021, shows that in the 12-month period ending 31 March 2020 more than 15,000 construction employers and over 20,000 apprentices were supported by CITB. CITB provided direct funding for...

New scaffolding training facility provides boost for North Wales


Ambitious plans for the construction industry in North Wales have taken a step forward with the opening of an accredited training facility for scaffolders. The new £2.1m training facility at [email protected]’s Centre for Infrastructure, Skills and Technology (CIST) at Llangefni, Anglesey is supported by the Welsh Government Energy Island funding and enables the CIST Centre Llangefni to expand its portfolio...

CITB agrees sale of National Construction College Midlands

CITB agrees sale of National Construction College Midlands

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...

Recruitment drive re-launched for new construction assessors


A project to recruit and train 100 quality assessors for the construction industry in Scotland – which was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic – has been re-launched. The two-year project, driven by CITB and ESP, in partnership with 24 Scottish colleges, government agencies and private training providers, was originally unveiled back...

CITB Boss hands in resignation

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Sarah Beale, Chief Executive of CITB, has handed in her resignation which will come into effect from September 2021. She has served as CEO since January 2017, having previously held a range of senior leadership positions at the organisation over the past 16 years. Sarah, CITB’s first female CEO, led the training body through a major, transformation programme, Vision 2020. It...

CITB cuts Levy bills to help support sector’s skills-based recovery

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CITB has today announced its plan to help employers recover from the impact of Coronavirus, including a substantial reduction in Levy bills. The CITB has published its Skills Stability Plan 2020-21 which protects apprenticeships and provides direct funding to employers to adopt new ways of working needed in the wake of Covid-19. The training board have announced that employers will continue...

CITB to Reopen and Resume Face to Face Training at NCCs

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National Construction Colleges (NCCs) in England are set to reopen with face to face training in July. The CITB has today told ScaffMag it's reopening their construction colleges at Bircham Newton, Erith and Kings Norton in July to restart face to face training. The CITB said they have been carefully monitoring the evolving COVID-19 position and the information which is being...

CITB safety test cheats caught in police raids

Police raid CITB training centres

Three safety test workers have been arrested after being caught giving answers to candidates for cash. According to reports, the cheating was exposed by counter-fraud raids on test centres in Cheshire, Essex and London by the CITB, police and the Home Office. CITB audits found that staff was giving correct answers in exchange for money. A member of staff at the Cheshire...

Time to have your say on the future of the scaffolding industry, says trade body

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The Scaffolding Association has made a plea to the industry, to participate fully in CITB consultation on National Occupational Standards and specific Training Standards. A leading trade body for the scaffolding sector, the Scaffolding Association is making a strong plea to its members and the wider industry, to fully participate in the CITB consultation on the review of the current...


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