FAQs

Consensus

Consensus is a regular cycle where the construction industry is asked if it supports CITB’s latest proposals for raising the construction training Levy. The Consensus process takes place every three years.

From July through to September, the formal consensus process on the Levy paying employers took place.

This was achieved through one of two ways, either via independent market research for companies who are not members of Consensus Federations, or via Consensus Federations who asked the views of their members and reported these back to CITB.

CITB is required to demonstrate to the Secretary of State that we have consulted on the Levy proposals, revised our plan accordingly, and that over half of Levy payers by value and over half of Levy payers by number consider the proposals are necessary to encourage adequate training in the industry.

Levy

The Levy proposal is designed to be fair for all, and generate enough funding to support the design and delivery of standardised, industry recognised, training for the construction industry with a view to delivering the workforce that industry needs.

In early 2016, CITB set up the Levy Working Party (LWP) – a group of nine people from industry and invited a wider group of employers (70) to join the Levy Working Party Reference Group. With their guidance, CITB developed a range of possible scenarios, and entered into discussions with employers and federations; surveying them and meeting with them face to face to share the developed scenarios and receive their feedback. A further refinement took place taking the designs down to four potential options.

The final four options were again shared with the LWP and the LWP Reference Group plus shared with employers at the autumn Employer Advisory Forums, plus legal counsel was sought. With this feedback, the designs were further reviewed and refined to one proposal which provides fairness for all. The proposal was taken to employers during March to May at over 100 events across Great Britain.

Grants Scheme

Employers have said they want a grants scheme that is easy to understand, is simple to access and supports training in the skills that are needed for the construction sector. A set of grant reform principles have been agreed with industry and these have been used to assess the training that will be supported by the Grants Scheme from 2018.

This means that the Grants Scheme will support employers to train and qualify their workforce to meet the current and future skills need of the industry and provides funding for apprenticeships, vocational qualifications, and short duration courses.

Grant Reform will be phased in from April 2018 in line with the new Levy order.

  • Employers can invest in training at the right time and place.
  • Employers can access a workforce with a core set of portable skills.
  • More smaller firms will be supported to invest in the right skills either directly or through the supply chain.
  • Stronger incentives to invest in industry skills priorities.
  • More support available for apprenticeships, including specialist apprenticeships and permanent support for higher level apprenticeships.

CITB will be enhancing construction skills training across industry and using the Grants Scheme funds to reach as many Levy registered employers as possible, some 70,000 companies.

This means we must focus on the priorities for industry, identifying the core skills required that make the greatest impact on construction skills. As a result of feedback from consultation events, this is likely to include aspects of leadership, supervision and other generic skills agreed as priorities which will impact many staff roles.

Supporting systems

The training courses published on the Training Directory (TD) are all eligible for grant. Grant values will also be published on the directory but the final grant payable to an employer will be based on the Grants Scheme rules and capping conditions set for that Grants Scheme year.

There will be a facility to create individual records if required and the facility to be able to load data in singularly or via upload.

The employer will get paid their grant once the national record has been updated by the approved training organisation as long as the employer meets the grant eligibility rules.


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