Giving construction leaders skills to drive digital transformation

Construction companies need to become 'digital organisations'.

The people who will change the face of construction need to be able to recognise the opportunity and unlock the potential that digital transformation brings. This commission is the first of three to help the industry embrace digital change.

The expression of interest (EoI) stage has now closed.

Applicants who have submitted an EoI which meets the initial criteria will be invited to submit a full application for this commission.

Digital technologies will improve efficiency and productivity but the construction industry has lagged behind others who are reaping the benefits of this transformation. Small and medium sized employers in particular find it hard to introduce digital solutions.

Getting technical skills is not the issue. The main challenges are:

  • A lack of understanding of the business opportunities digital transformation brings
  • The leadership required to spell out why the investment is needed, identify and adapt digital technology for their business, and to make it happen.

Without this digital leadership, construction companies are likely to struggle to keep up with technological advances and to compete with their rivals.

If you have digital business change expertise you can make a bid for CITB funds to leade a project using the Apply for funds section below. If you want to partner, but not lead a project, go to the Who can participate in a project section below.

We welcome bids especially from:

  • software development companies
  • management consultancies with digital business change expertise
  • leadership think tanks with digital business change expertise
  • federations
  • higher education institutions with expertise in working with companies to develop digital leadership skills
  • local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) with have an innovation lead or innovation programme
  • non-profit organisations with digital innovation programmes.

Each application must include at least three organisations: a project lead and two (or more) partners.

The partners of a bidding group should include at least two of the following:

  • CITB-registered employers
  • CITB-approved training groups
  • construction federations and trade associations.

You may already have found suitable partners for your application bid. However, if you would like help in finding partners for your bid, we can help.

Any organisation can apply to take part in a project, such as:

  • construction employers (micro to large)
  • digital enterprises
  • educational institutions
  • federations or trade associations
  • local government and/or local enterprise partnerships (LEPs)
  • management consultancies.

We will aim to partner you with a suitable project.

£1million is available to invest in a range of projects within this theme. CITB will fund up to 70% of the total value of the project.

Senior leaders will be able to demonstrate and implement the business case for digital change in their company.

They will also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to implement digital technologies, processes and competencies in their business.

This is a two-stage application process:

  1. Register your interest in the commission by completing the expression of interest form. Please answer all the questions. This form will close at 5pm on Tuesday 18 June 2019.
    The funding team will review your expression of interest and contact you.
  2. If your idea matches most if not all the criteria for this commission, we will guide you through the application process. 

We are no longer accepting expressions of interest for this commission.

We are no longer accepting expression of interest forms for people to participate in this commission.

Your application for funds should include proposals on how you will introduce the necessary skills for leaders, directors and senior managers to implement digital transformation. Good applications might include ways to:

  • Identify existing transformation programmes and best practice from early adopters within the construction industry and/ or other sectors who have already transformed into a digitally-enabled business
  • Demonstrate the business case for incorporating digital change and get industry agreement for the approach
  • Build on existing knowledge and competencies of construction leaders to enhance their skills so that they can implement digital transformation

Make your solution sustainable and scalable and one that can be widely adopted within the industry.

23 April 2019 – window opens for expressions of interest

18 June 2019 – window for expressions of interest closes

2 July 2019 – deadline to submit applications

Read the research reports

Commission webinar

The funding team held a webinar in April. You can tune into the webinar on YouTube to hear more about the commission, the challenges facing industry, who can apply, what this brings to industry and how you can prepare your application.

Application workshops

We will also host workshops in England, Scotland and Wales. These workshops will give you an opportunity to find out more about the application process and how we assess proposals for funding.

England (Midlands)

When: Tuesday 21 May 2019 09:30 - 12:30
Where: Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

Register to attend Birmingham workshop

When: Tuesday 21 May 2019 13:00 - 16:00
Where: Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport, Ashby Road, Castle Donington, DE74 2SH

Register to attend East Midlands workshop

England (North)

When: Tuesday 21 May 2019 10:30 - 13:30
Where: Mercure Haydock Hotel, Penny Lane, Saint Helens, WA11 9SG

Register to attend Haydock workshop

When: Wednesday 22 May 2019 10:00 - 13:00
Where: The Bridge Hotel and Spa, Walshford, Wetherby, LS22 5HS

Register to attend Wetherby workshop

England (South)

When: Thursday 30 May 2019 10:30 - 13:30
Where: De Vere West One, 9-10 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PR

Register to attend London workshop

When: Tuesday 4 June 2019 10:30 - 13:30
Where: Bristol

Register by email to attend Bristol workshop


When: Tuesday 28 May 2019 10:30 - 13:30
Where: The Merchant's House of Glasgow, 7 West George Street, Glasgow, G21BA

Register to attend Glasgow workshop

When: Wednesday 29 May 2019 10:30 - 13:30
Where: Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, 19 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1SD

Register to attend Edinburgh workshop


The workshops in Wales have finished. There are no further workshops planned for Wales.

Watch Marcus Bennett's video to find out more about the Digital leadership fund