Home  |  About us  |  Information &
publications
 |  Strategic
Forum
 |  Discussion  |  Links  |  News  |  Blog  |  Contact us

Building a Better Future for the Construction Industry

Extra CITB funding only half the battle   8th March 2019

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced that apprenticeship funding will increase by 30%.

From 1 April 2019, CITB attendance grants given to employers will increase to £2,500 per year. In addition, employer achievement grants will rise to £3,500 once apprentices have successfully completed their training.

Overall this reflects an increase from £10,250 to £14,500 for each apprentice an employer takes on.

The CITB has been reforming many of their processes, including how funding is accessed and how courses are supported. The additional funding will therefore go a long way to convince more businesses to train new staff.

However, unless construction companies are able to access a pipeline of opportunities and see certainty in the procedures which physically allow them to start working on projects, many new apprentices will end up without long-term employment and worse still, leave the industry for good.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “More money to train apprentices will help SMEs with the cost of training but the CITB can only do so much. If a company doesn’t have a pipeline of work, they are less likely to take on new staff.

“If the Government wants to tackle the construction skills shortage, it must support SMEs, since they train two out of three construction apprentices. This means making procurement fairer, planning simpler and late payment a thing of the past. Without tackling the real barriers, the Government is bailing out a barge with a ladle.”
 
 

  

 

NEWS ARCHIVE Subscribe to the Construction Alliance News feed

10.5.19
The construction industry backs biodiversity net gain
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), reports that more than 1 million species are at risk from extinction. More

10.5.19
UK’s Roadside Infrastructure To Be Mapped By New Ordnance Survey Project
The UK’s national mapping body, the Ordnance Survey (OS), has partnered with Intel subsidiary Mobileye to map the UK’s roadside infrastructure. More

5.4.19
Winners of the NFB Awards 2019 announced at ceremony in Birmingham
Construction companies and industry figures from across England and Wales gathered in the Midlands to celebrate outstanding contributions made to the built environment, and the high quality work and commitment delivered by both NFB members and non-members across the regions. More

Earlier items

divider
follow us on twitterfind us on Facebookwatch us on YouTube