Strategic priorities and the impact on funding

CITB has identified key skills and training needs for the industry over the next few years, in conjunction with construction employers and federations.

Industry strategic priorities for skills and training

When you complete your application you will need to consider how your project helps to meet at least one of these priorities:

  • Reducing skills gaps
    Skills gaps are ‘holes’ in the knowledge and competence of the existing workforce. The gaps may result in low profitability and productivity, reduced quality, longer snagging, or a poor health and safety record.
  • Reducing skills shortages
    A skills shortage is the inability to recruit new workers with the appropriate skills at an appropriate wage. They may result in long-term unfilled vacancies and understaffing. Skills shortages can also affect a company’s performance, such as its capacity to bid for and fulfil new work.
  • Increasing access to the right training
    This involves encouraging and enabling more employers to access the training required where and when needed to meet their skills requirements.
  • Increasing the appeal of working in construction
    This involves promoting the benefits of working in the construction industry to people choosing a career as well as people who guide others in their career choices.
  • Increasing training expenditure
    This means encouraging employers to invest more in training and to use training solutions that can be applied across the wider sector.
  • Increasing the added value per employee
    This involves training employees so they have new skills that help employers be more productive and competitive.

How this impacts funding

We want to make sure our funding really benefits industry by addressing the above skills and training priorities.

To help us achieve this, we allocate funding based on a project's outcomes and impact, rather than for the delivery of an activity.

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