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Employer Networks

Employer Networks are an initiative set up and funded by CITB aiming to simplify the way you get the support and funding you need to access the training you want. It’s all part of the service.

They have two main objectives:

Make it easier for you to access training and funding. The training can be in anything that supports construction employers. These could be the trade skills you need right now or something you’ll need in the future - such as net zero, digital skills or mentoring. And because the Employer Networks help organise it all, you don’t need to complete any paperwork to apply for funding.

To bring together employers at a local level to inform CITB on training needs, to advise how funding should be prioritised and allocated, and to effectively use training provision to address immediate and future skills needs in their region.

Employer Networks have been piloted since July 2022 and have proven to be successful in helping more employers to train and offer them support.

Tim Balcon, CITB Chief Executive said:

“I’m really excited about Employer Networks – this is about putting employers in the driving seat to identify and address their skills challenges and how best CITB can align our funding and resources to support their skills needs. 

I would encourage employers in the Network areas to get involved and use their voice to shape training provision.” 

The Employer Network Pilot scheme supported over 1,000 employers to train their employees

In fact 86% of employers stated the process of accessing training was simpler through Employer Networks.

Through 2024, we are rolling out the initiative to provide GB-wide coverage. Collectively employers are shaping the way funds provided by CITB are spent, and on what.

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Local network areas

We’re going to be running Networks across Great Britain. The areas below are live, and we will be adding to this throughout the year. If you are based in one of these areas and are Levy-registered, you can benefit from being part of an Employer Network.

We will be launching more Networks in July and September. If you don't see your area listed below, check back here at a later date or speak to your local Adviser about when Employer Network will be in your area.

England

  • Croydon, Lambeth, Sutton and Merton 
  • Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
  • Dorset 
  • Greater Manchester 
  • Lincoln 
  • Midlands - Civil engineering only
  • Norfolk 
  • Sunderland, Durham, Hartlepool & Billingham 
  • Swindon and Wiltshire

Scotland

  • Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus 
  • Highlands, Islands and Argyll
  • Inverness - plus civil engineering employers across Scotland 

Wales

  • North and Mid Wales
  • South West Wales 

Use the links below to find an Employer Network in your area:

England

North

Network area Contact name Contact details
Greater Manchester Sharon Brown
Sunderland, Durham, Hartlepool & Billingham Sharon Bew

Midlands and East

Network area Contact name Contact details
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Judi Minty
Lincoln Lincoln Group Training Association

Midlands

(Civil engineering only)

Ceca Midlands 
Norfolk  Amy Gardner

London

Network area Contact name Contact details
Croydon, Lambeth, Sutton and Merton

Samantha McLaughlin

South West

Network area Contact name Contact details
Dorset Lisa Lawrence
Swindon and Wiltshire Katie Smith

Scotland

Network area Contact name Contact details
Aberdeen City - Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus William Skinner
Highlands/Islands/Argyll William Skinner

Inverness 

(plus Civil engineering across Scotland)

Scottish Civils Training Group

Wales

Network area Contact name Contact details
North(&Mid) Emrys Roberts
South West Wales  Cyfle Building Skills

Sector specific groups

Sector specific groups have national coverage and currently include:

Testimonials

Stacey Felmingham - Office Coordinator, Aspect Group Services Ltd said:

“Having the Employer Network has enabled us to offer a wider variety of training courses to our team both on site and in the office.  With the support from the Norfolk Construction Training Group we have been able to navigate the process effectively and efficiently."

"The simplicity and broad scope of the initiative has allowed us to offer training to more employees than we initially budgeted for over the year, which is fantastic news as a business and for the individual."

Kelsey Burnett - Training Coordinator, Luddon Construction Ltd, Scottish Civils said:

"We’ve already booked in a number of upskilling courses for our existing staff. The increased funding has helped our business financially, allowing us to organise even more training, with no additional admin or claim forms to be submitted in order to receive the funding."

"The reduced administration has allowed our staff to focus on other things and knowing the employer network had everything in place on our behalf was such a weight lifted from our shoulders, knowing the funding was in hand."

Andrea Gravell - Resource Director, Lloyd & Gravell Ltd, Llanelli said:

"We heard about the Cyfle Employer Network through Carmarthenshire Construction Training Association Ltd.  By tapping into the training organised by the local employer network contractors are able to benefit from training that would otherwise be difficult to source and more expensive, as training providers require a minimum number to run a training course." 

The additional funding made available through the network has enabled us to use our training budget to increase training opportunities across the company."

More information 

Do I need to be a member of a training group to benefit?

No. If you are registered with CITB, up to date with your levy and have an Employer network in your area you can access & benefit from this service.

Will it cost me anything to join?

Employer networks are free to join for any Levy-registered employer.

Are there any other costs?

Each employer network has a budget to spend on training. The employers within the network decide how funds are used for the greatest benefit. This may mean training is subsidised, and in some cases fully funded.

Is this only for face-to-face training?

No. The training can be face-to-face (in person or tutor-led online) or e-learning.

Is there a limit to how many can join in an area or sector?

There are currently no limits in place to the number of employers that can benefit.

Can I belong to a local network group and a sector specific one?

Yes. So long as you are within the local group's area and work in the chosen sector you can belong to both. Sector Specific Networks will continue running until 31 December 2024.

I’m not in any of these Network areas or sectors – what does that mean for me?

We are rolling out Employer Networks throughout 2024 and will have coverage across Great Britain by the end of September. Keep an eye out for more information or contact your local Adviser.