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Competence Frameworks

Current Competence Frameworks in review

Available for a 30 day consultation on the development work. An opportunity for wider industry feedback on the proposed Competence Framework.

What are Competence Frameworks?

Competence Frameworks will set out the core competence requirements for individuals across the built environment. They are made up of a Route to Competence and a SKEB document (Skills, Knowledge, Experience & Behaviour) and an Implementation Plan

  • The Route to Competence will highlight the qualification routes available for individuals to achieve a level of competence.
  • The SKEB will define the core Skills, Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours a person needs to meet to be deemed competent in a particular occupation and show the training available to support those competencies and any re-validation requirements against those competencies.
  • an Implementation Plan, is a programme and timetable for each occupation to achieve full compliance with competence framework requirements, including delivery of the necessary training and assessment infrastructure.

Why is a Competence Framework needed for the construction industry?

As the Building Safety Act comes into effect, individuals will be required to prove that they are competent to do the job that they are on-site to do, so it is imperative that we have competence defined for all (in scope) roles.

Whilst the Building Safety Act currently focuses on those working on higher-risk buildings (HRBs), CITB will support the Industry Competence Steering Group (ICSG) and consult with industry to develop Competence Frameworks for up to 130 occupations within the built environment.

Competence Frameworks will help improve competence by providing clarity and consistency across the industry with links to accredited qualifications and approved training, also supporting the strategy for addressing the skills demand.

From standardising competence and understanding the existing qualification landscape, an implementation plan will be produced which will help address any gaps.

Competence Framework Development

CITB’s collaboration with the Industry Competence Steering Group (ICSG) will support the strategy for the development of standardised Competence Framework’s across the built environment.

CITB will offer industry the opportunity to be involved in Competence Framework development, by either being on working groups or contributing on-line through surveys.

Working Group (WGs) requirements and typical timescales:

  • industry experts familiar with the occupation
  • approximately once or twice a month via Teams
  • face-to-face meetings if preferred by working groups
  • meetings can be from one to three hours (in agreement with the working group)
  • some surveys, pre-reading or reviewing documents after meetings is required

On average, Competency Framework reviews run for six months. Digital Offline consultation (through email or survey) is offered for people who are time limited but want to be part of the consultation and have their say.

A further 30-day consultation on the development work will be available for wider sector feedback.

What is the Standards Team doing?

The Standards Team is collaborating in Competence Framework development with the ICSG by carrying out the following:

  • initial research
  • establishing working groups
  • arranging meetings
  • facilitating meetings
  • collating meeting notes and actions
  • producing documents for working group members to review
  • collating feedback for working group review
  • working closely with industry experts and stakeholders to ensure the content of standards meets the needs of the construction industry.
  • encouraging wider feedback

The dedication and experience of working group members enables CITB to develop the Competence Frameworks which support the construction industry to have a skilled, competent, and inclusive workforce now and in the future.

If you would like to join a working group or want to know more, please contact the Standards Team on standards.qualifications@citb.co.uk.

2024-2025 Competence Framework developments

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