CITB is reforming significantly to meet the needs of industry.
Currently not enough employers benefit from CITB funding and support and many find the organisation too slow and difficult to deal with.
Following the appointment of a new CEO and a revamped Executive and Leadership team in 2014, The group’s middle management has now been restructured.
This has set the foundations for the next stage, to reach many more employers through online services, improved phone support, and face to face services via a refocused CITB Advisor role.
The proposed new Advisor role brings together a range of existing and often overlapping roles to create a CITB one-stop shop for business information and advice on training. Advisors across the three nations will reach many more employers by working through training groups, advisory forums, Federations and other groups. This will help companies get the right skills for their businesses, based on local knowledge, and save time by carrying out simple processes – like applying for grants – online or by phone.
The new model impacts 112 existing roles and proposes a reduction of 46 roles, with 66 new roles proposed.
These proposals are subject to collective and individual consultation, which is ongoing.
Steve Radley, Director of Policy at Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), said: “Too often, our engagement with employers has focused on navigating CITB’s processes rather than looking at what they need. This new CITB Advisor role, complemented by online chat, extended phone hours and simpler online processes, mean we will be able to support many more employers with advice and funding.
“These reforms are designed to give the industry maximum return on Levy investment, and a much better service from CITB. Employers will start to see the difference in 2016 and our aim is to have many more construction firms not only engage with us, but get the funding and support they need.”