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SkillBuild finalist Courtney full of praise for LGBTQ+ trades community

One of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry is promoting diversity. Encouraging people of all backgrounds to join industry has been a priority for many years.

CITB provides major investment for rural Scottish communities to help reduce skills gap

CITB’s Scottish Academy for Construction Opportunities (SACO) commission progresses with two successful bids, awarding a total of £1.3m across the Highlands and Islands. This investment will directly help address the construction industry’s skills gap, increase employment retention, and provide vital support to new starters at the beginning of their construction careers.

CITB invests £1.8m to support England Construction Opportunities and reduce the skills gap

CITB’s England Construction Opportunities (ECO) commission sees eight successful bids awarded a total of just over £1.8m. This investment will directly help address the construction industry’s skills gap, increase employment retention, and provide vital support to new starters at the beginning of their construction careers.

CITB welcomes CLC’s new strategy

CITB Chief Executive, Tim Balcon, who is a member of the CLC Task Force Group, said: “We welcome the CLC’s new three-year strategy and its focus on working collaboratively to deliver transformational change, boost productivity and create a more resilient industry, creating capability and capacity to deliver future growth.

CITB response to Chancellor's Fiscal statement

CITB’s Chief Executive, Tim Balcon responds to Chancellor's Fiscal statement.

Construction drive aids economic recovery

A recruitment campaign which set out to train high-quality assessors for the construction industry in Scotland has played a vital role in economic recovery.

CITB mourns the death of Her Majesty The Queen

Chair Peter Lauener and CEO Tim Balcon said: “Everyone at CITB is deeply saddened about the passing of HM The Queen. The Queen was an extraordinary figure, one of the greatest Britons of all time and an inspiration to many across the world.

CITB funds mental health first aiders for construction apprentices

CITB is investing £90,000 to fund a pilot scheme which will provide mental health support for apprentices from the start of their construction industry careers.

CITB responds to industry demand for leadership and management training

CITB has announced an exciting new development opportunity for employers wanting to improve leadership and management skills across their business.

New CITB plant standards and grants “inspired by industry”

Industry input on CITB’s new plant standards and grants will raise everyone’s game writes CITB’s Emily Tilling. The changes, announced in July, come into effect in January 2023 and will have a wide-reaching impact on the construction industry.