Our history

CITB or Construction Industry Training Board is the Industry Training Board and was established on 21 July 1964

Tractor on a building site

1964 Industrial Training Act

The 1964 Industrial Training Act gave the then Minister of Labour statutory powers to create industrial training boards which would be responsible for training in a number of UK industries, setting standards and providing advice to firms.

This Act (amended in 1982) gives CITB its mandate to collect a levy from construction employers and to use this to support training and skills in construction. 

Services provided through the levy system include: 

  • Financial  support to employers
  • Advice for employers about training needs
  • Information, advice and guidance for those seeking careers in construction
  • Research including labour market forecasting to anticipate and plan for skills needs
  • Qualifications & standards for the industry 
  • Specialist training facilities and services

As a social enterprise and charity, we sell training and skills related products that our beneficiaries need; so that any profit can go towards our work for industry. You’ll also find here on our website, information about services we support or manage on behalf of other organisations  - such as industry card schemes.

So if you decide to buy something from us, you can be sure any money we make goes directly back into supporting the industry.  You may even find you’re entitled to grant support when buying a training course or taking on an apprentice - although you don't have to use our services to get grants.

Product and services

Our products and services include: 

  • Apprenticeships recently rated “Outstanding” by Ofsted
  • Training through our National Construction College (NCC) and National Specialist Accredited  Centre (NSAC)
  • Awards and accreditation through CSkills Awards and our specialist team
  • Publications
  • Cards and testing

We have now been helping keep the construction industry well-skilled and competitive for 50 years.

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