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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.