Our history

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) was established on 21 July 1964

Tractor on a building site

How we began

We started under the 1964 Industrial Training Act with our first offices in Croydon, South London. In September 1966 CITB opened the Bircham Newton Training Centre to fulfil its training requirements, initially for plant training. This was quickly expanded as the buildings on this old RAF site offered undercover facilities for scaffolding and construction training. Further training centres were subsequently opened in Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

1964 Industrial Training Act

The 1964 Industrial Training Act gave the then Minister of Labour statutory powers to create industrial training boards which would be responsible for training in a number of UK industries, setting standards and providing advice to firms.

This Act (amended in 1982) gives CITB its mandate to collect a levy from construction employers and to use this to support training and skills in construction. 

What we've accomplished

Over the years, we've helped teach valuable skills, shape communities, grow businesses, and inspire an entire generation

We've got:

  • 4 million people carded
  • 10s of 1000s of young people visited by our advisors
  • 1.3 million people help to pass a vocational qualification
  • 0.5 million apprentices trained
  • £2.3 billion paid out in grants
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