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Experience is the best teacher

The support I’ve had from older colleagues throughout my career has been a great encouragement to me, from starting out as a gas apprentice, to first becoming a Chief Executive, a role I found extremely tough in my early days.

Small businesses are at the heart of my plans for the CITB

I was recently asked who I most admire in the construction industry, past or present. My answer, in Construction Management magazine, was the small business owner. To have the initiative and bravery to do something completely on your own, without a safety net, is truly courageous.

My early reflections on the CITB I lead – Tim Balcon

CITB CEO Tim Balcon reflects on his first two months at the helm and how CITB will continue to support skills, training and meet the future challenges of the construction industry.

Green skills needed for all construction jobs

Globally, progress on climate action has not been anywhere near fast enough. The coronavirus pandemic led to a historic drop in global emissions last year, but it will be a glaring anomaly unless big changes are made.

Planning for the future: how investing in leadership training can transform a company

Good leadership is an essential component to running any business, which is why CITB provides funding, support and advice to all companies looking to invest in the future. Find out more about the Management Development Fund here.

Construction – a sector with a real heart and soul

I can’t believe after nearly 17 challenging but immensely rewarding years at CITB, I will be stepping down as CEO.

Who benefits from the Construction Levy?

It’s a big question. Well, there is of course a clear focus on Levy payers, but if it were collected, with an aim of simply giving it back, there would be no point.

From care worker to specialised construction skills success

Three years after Lincolnshire care worker Jess Wells walked into a construction careers event, she’s now the first woman to have achieved a highly specialised construction qualification.

Carillion, COVID-19 and site carpentry: an apprentice's progress

Neither COVID-19 lockdowns nor the collapse of Carillion have stopped Level 3 site carpentry apprentice Cezary Poniatowski from succeeding in his construction career.