Celebrating 50 years with CITB

CITB celebrated 50 years of serving the construction industry with a series of events throughout 2014, our landmark year.

Our flagship celebration was the very first CITB Pride of Construction Awards, held in September 2014 in London. The ceremony brought together apprentices, employers and strategic partners dedicated to skills and training.

We launched CITB Connect, encouraging people to renew links with people they had trained with and to join the conversation about UK construction.

We also celebrated the individuals at the heart of our industry, asking people to share their memories of CITB Apprenticeships and training over the last half century.

Passionate about the future

As the UK construction industry has changed over the years, our success has been built on staying relevant and keeping innovation at the core of our business.

Since 1964 the CITB has:

  • paid out £2.3bn in grants
  • helped 1.3m people to pass vocational qualifications
  • trained 500,000 new apprentices

Take a look at more of those facts and figures by downloading our 'At the heart of construction for 50 years' infographic (PDF, 1.33 MB). 

There is also a Welsh language version of the infographic available (PDF, 2 MB).

50 years on, our shared goals are still clear. CITB remains passionate about building a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce – and training young people to be the construction leaders of the future.

From the ‘Swinging ‘60s' to the 21st Century

The CITB was founded in 1964, the year Harold Wilson became Prime Minister, The Queen had a new baby prince called Edward and Peter Sellers was married to fellow film star Britt Ekland.

It was a big year for construction. Not only did it see the grand opening of that triumph of British building, the Forth Road Bridge, the Construction Industry Training Board was established on 21 July, 1964.

The purpose of the CITB was both simple and essential – to keep people skilled and safe on building sites. The CITB story is told in our 50th anniversary film below.

Over the past 50 years we have helped to teach valuable skills, shape communities, grow businesses, support government and inspire a generation of construction workers and their families.

We’ve taken the lead in delivering skills for some of the country’s most iconic construction projects and helped industry to shine on a global stage.

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