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750 jobs to go at CITB as three year business plan revealed

750 people will lose their jobs over the next three years as part of the reorganisation of the Construction Industry Training Board.

The CITB has already said it plans to close its training base at Bircham Newton in west Norfolk.

The CITB at Bircham Newton Credit: ITV Anglia

The job figures were released as part of its business plan for the future which was published today.

The organisation says it's a reforming programme of work designed to modernise its business and relentlessly focus on skills.

Currently they employ 1,370 people, that will fall to about 600.

"This Business Plan sets out our ambitions for the next three years. It shows how CITB's work across England, Scotland and Wales will modernise and repurpose. By 2020 we will be the 'levy in, skills out' body construction employers asked for, doing less, better, while being fully transparent and accountable. I am confident that this Business Plan will make a radical difference to CITB, enabling us to meet the skills needs of construction."

– CITB Chief Executive Sarah Beale

The Construction Industry Training Board has revealed much more detail about its plans for the next few years between 2018 - 2021, including:

  • £613 million on training and development to deliver skills outcomes.
  • £31 million on engagement, securing the skills policy framework.
  • £17 million on careers.
  • £9 million on building CITB's evidence base.
  • £4 million on standards and qualifications to provide consistency and quality.

Reforms highlighted in the Plan are underway already after the introduction of CITB's Training Model and new Grant scheme.

The CITB says its training model will enable employers to get the right training, in the right place, at the right time. It will mean workers can train and retain their qualification record to share with future employers.

The Grant Scheme will enable firms to receive automated grant payments which will cut red tape.

Final Toys R Us stores to close by April 24th

Toys R Us has announced that all its remaining 75 stores will close by April 24th

Final Toys R Us stores to close by April 24th Credit: PA Wire

Here is list of the final store closures in our region:

  • Basildon - Sat 21st
  • Bedford - Sat 21st
  • Harlow - Sun 22nd
  • Ipswich - Mon 23rd
  • Luton - Mon 23rd
  • Milton Keynes - Sun 22nd
  • Northampton - Mon 23rd
  • Northampton Weston Favell - Sat 21st
  • Norwich - Tue 24th
  • Peterborough - Sun 22nd
  • Stevenage - Thu 19th
  • Thurrock - Fri 20th

The closures will mean the loss of more than 2,000 jobs.

The toy chain collapsed in February and insolvency specialist Moorfields has been selling off the retailer's stock at knockdown prices.

"We are grateful for the hard work of everybody at Toys R Us during this extremely difficult and challenging time. We are working closely with the 2,000 employees affected by the closures to ensure they receive the support they need for redundancy and other compensatory payments."

– Simon Thomas, joint administrator at Moorfields

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Stansted Airport bosses apologise to passengers

The bus fire at Stansted Airport on Good Friday Credit: Shanepretty6

Bosses at Stansted Airport have apologised to passengers for the major disruption caused by a bus fire on Good Friday.

A statement confirmed the blaze had broken out at 4.20pm outside the main entrance of the terminal building.

It was caused by an electrical fault on the bus and was brought under control within 20 minutes by firefighters. No one was injured.

Stansted cancelled all departures from the Essex airport on Friday night - prompting criticism from passengers who claimed they had not been given enough information.

"As a result, a number of flights were delayed, cancelled or diverted to other UK airports. Our terminal team and additional staff have worked around the clock to provide welfare assistance to those passengers who were affected by the flight cancellations.

"We apologise to those passengers who were affected and can confirm that the airport will be open today (March 31) with all flights expected to operate as normal."

– Stansted Airport statement

Stansted airport evacuated after shuttle bus fire

  • Credit: Kelly Towler

Parts of Stansted Airport have been evacuated this afternoon after a fire broke out on a shuttle bus.

Eyewitness videos show the fire broke out on the bus near the terminal forecourt.

The surrounding area- including parts of the terminal building are being evacuated because of smoke.

It comes on one of the busiest days of the year so far for the airport as people get away for the Easter break.

Credit: Shanepretty6

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