CITB's Strategic Plan 2021-25, published in September 2020, sets out the key skills challenges for construction and what CITB will do to address them.
Amid an unpredictable landscape, CITB have focused on a smaller number of priorities to help modernise construction and increase productivity, collaborating with industry, governments and further education (FE). As well as providing direct support to employers, CITB will use this period to help fix the system, making it easier to recruit workers into the industry and to access training.
The Strategic Plan supports employers to bring people into work and provide the training they need. The Plan includes expanding work experiences, creating a new pathway from FE into apprenticeships and jobs, and boosting the numbers of apprentices completing their programmes.
Highlights from the Strategic Plan include:
- Investing £110m to support apprentices and employers, on top of grant support, to increase overall numbers and completion rates
- Support for 28,000 taster experiences and investment in Go-Construct to give people the chance to see the wide range of opportunities construction offers and how to access them
- Using the Grants Scheme and other funding to help employers invest in training to first rebuild after the pandemic and then to modernise and raise productivity.
The Strategic Plan was developed during discussions with employers, employer bodies and CITB Board and Nation Council members.