Mission and plans

CITB's mission and plans in support of the construction industry

Site supervisor communicating via a walkie talkie

On this page

Our vision

For British construction to have a recognised, world-class, innovative approach to developing its workforce to deliver quality in the built environment. 

Our mission

To attract and support the development of people to construct a better Britain. 

Our CITB purpose

A social enterprise, devoted to building competitive advantage for the construction industry and the people who work in it.

  • Individuals have the skills to compete for the best jobs and develop fulfilling careers
  • Companies have a highly skilled workforce that gives them a USP in their sector
  • The industry has the skills to meet its clients’ needs and future challenges
  • UK plc has an industry that is world class and can compete with the best on the world stage

Making a difference

  • To individuals (a career, a future, great skills, fulfilment, a second chance...)
  • To companies (right skills, meet new challenges/changes, productivity, efficiency, growth...)
  • To clients (consistent standards, a better experience, higher quality, greater safety…)

To the industry (everyone trains, consistent standards across a dispersed industry, attracting the best talent, standing in the economy, influencing industry solutions with government…)

  • To the economy (GDP growth, competing on the world stage, a thriving sector…)
  • To the public (a better, safer, more inspiring built environment…)

Our CITB business plan

The UK infrastructure plan, a housing boom and the importance of developing new ways of working and embracing new technologies, are combining to create a demand in construction for more skills, new skills and higher level skills.

We have consulted and listened to the industry to assess their priorities, with the details of how we will address those issues laid out in our Strategic Plan 2015-2017

At a glance

Our role is to work with employers to encourage training, which helps to build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce.

 The support and funding we provide helps companies to improve skills, increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent for their sector.

CITB works with the industry and its clients to ensure the construction sector has the right skills, in the right place, at the right time.

Who are we?

We believe that developing the skills of workers in the construction industry is crucial to the health of the UK economy – that’s why we are working with employers to make sure our industry has the right skills in the right place, at the right time.

We are the Industry Training Board and a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry, working with industry, for industry to deliver a safe, professional and fully qualified UK construction workforce.

We work with construction companies to help them improve skills, increase their competitive edge and respond to the many challenges employers face – from the low carbon agenda, through to reducing costs on-site and recruiting the best and brightest talent for their sector. 

What do we do?

We use our robust sector specific labour market intelligence, the Construction Skills Network, to develop and deliver a range of products and services to construction employers, and we invest employer funds in a variety of ways - so that businesses can keep the skills in their workforce up-to-date, and increase their bottom line.

It’s our job to:

  • Shape our industry

Our sector employs around 2m workers and we use our excellent links with UK governments to make sure they understand and support training and skills development. We’ve used our connections to support employers through the recession – helping them to retain their apprentices and, we’ve shaped qualifications, saved the NVQ and championed employer-led initiatives to deliver flexible learning for construction businesses.

  • Attract the brightest and best talent

We understand that apprenticeships are the lifeblood of our industry, and we encourage more young people to join our industry and more employers to offer opportunities. We’ve campaigned for funding for adult apprentices and we’ve set up a website bConstructive, to give young people a flavour of the exciting career opportunities for them in the sector.

  • Train, train, train

Our National Construction College is the largest construction college in Europe, providing quality and affordable training to 30,000 workers each year. We also support apprentices – matching them with an employer and training them at our flagship colleges throughout the UK. Our apprenticeship programmes are second to none, breaking the national average for apprenticeship completion rates by 14%. Last year, 81% of our apprentices completed their framework. In fact our Apprenticeships were recently rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted.

  • Support existing workers

We invest employer funds by providing grants to employers that are registered with CITB. Through the Grants Scheme and our Development Funds programme, we support in excess of 15,000 businesses each year – giving grants to upskill workers and increase their competitive edge. We also provide £2.4m funding each year to 88 Training Groups across the country, to help them take advantage of opportunities in their area.

  • Help businesses take advantage of opportunities

We have over 350 committed, knowledgeable and hardworking people working across the UK to provide local and national solutions to employers.

  • Understand changes to legislation

We know that keeping up with changes to legislation can be daunting, and that many businesses miss out on opportunities because they don’t understand. That’s why we work with employers to raise awareness of these changes and help them to capitalise on opportunities.

Web design by S8080