As an executive non-departmental public body, we are in charge of our budget and activities, but sponsored by a government department and accountable to ministers and ultimately Parliament.
For many years, the Department of Trade and Industry sponsored us, followed by its successors: the Department for Education and Skills; the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills; and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In 2016, the Department for Education became our sponsor.
During this time we’ve undergone a name change or two ourselves, most notably in 2003, when the Department for Education and Skills instructed us to change to CITB-ConstructionSkills, in acknowledgement of our partnership with the Sector Skills Council.
For a time, we were also known as ConstructionSkills, or just CSkills, particularly for the parts of our organisation delivering training. In 2013, we decided to stick to our original name, CITB, as it was still the most widely recognised by industry.