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Go behind the scenes with Open Doors 2024

It’s almost time for Open Doors 2024 – where construction sites come alive in front of your very eyes. Open Doors, delivered by Build UK in partnership with CITB, takes visitors behind the scenes to showcase the fantastic range of careers available in construction. And there is something for everyone with more than 210 events taking place across Great Britain from Monday 18 to Saturday 23 March 2024.

Winners of SkillBuild construction ‘skills Olympics’ announced

The winners of the SkillBuild National Final 2023 have been announced, after 78 construction trainees went head-to-head over three days.

CITB announces support for Homebuilding Sector Skills Plan  

CITB has announced support for a Homebuilding Sector Skills Plan (PDF, 452kb) which represents a new way of working with the sector to improve skills, training and recruitment.  The plan has been created in partnership with homebuilding sector stakeholders and aims to increase the availability of skilled workers, to help meet the needs of the homebuilding pipeline. 

SkillBuild Final welcomes visitors to try their hand at construction

After more than 1,000 registrations and 17 regional heats, the top construction trainees from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been named as competitors at the SkillBuild National Final 2023.

CITB joins forces with Build UK and fire industry experts

A new free eCourse has been developed in partnership with Build UK and fire industry experts, with the aim of improving the sector’s knowledge of fire safety measures in buildings. Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017 and subsequent inquiry, the industry has worked hard to increase safety standards and prevent such an incident from happening again.

Free workforce wellbeing and welfare portal for all in construction

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has partnered with CITB and The Samaritans to create a wellbeing support tool, as part of the industry wide initiative Make It Visible. Make It Visible aims to make welfare and wellbeing support visible on every construction site, helping to reduce the stigma around the subject and increase awareness of the support pathways available. Having secured over £400,000 in funding from CITB, a free website portal was created earlier this year to support the initiative.

CITB hosts UK Plant Operator of the Year 2023

On Saturday 30 September, CITB’s National Construction College, Bircham Newton, hosted the Plant Operator of the Year competition. Almost 1,000 people attended to watch the 69 competitors battle it out to be crowned UK Plant Operator of the Year. After a day of demonstrating outstanding skill and knowledge, Gordon Durno from Currie Contractors, lifted the prize and was awarded a cheque for £10,000.

CITB is proud to be supporting UK Construction Week, taking place 3 - 5 October at the NEC in Birmingham.

On 3 October, the CITB-sponsored Culture Change Hub, run by Building People, will host experts tackling the key issues around skills, diversity, and inclusion, crucial to the future of our industry. Throughout the event, the CITB Customer Engagement and New Entrant Employer Support Teams will be at stand T35 providing information and support for construction employers.

“Share your knowledge to help others”

Experienced construction workers have knowledge that can’t be found in books. And by becoming teachers, a key aim of the Construction Leadership Council’s new skills plan, older workers can equip new entrants with skills that help their career. Take Charlie Thorp, 66, a Construction Lecturer, Assessor and Mentor to bricklaying apprentices and Property Maintenance Operatives at South Essex College.