CITB is the Industry Training Board for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales and works with industry to encourage training, helping to build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce. The support and funding CITB provides is intended to help companies to improve skills, increase their competitiveness and respond to challenges such as the low carbon agenda, reducing costs on site and recruiting the best talent for the sector.
The 1964 Industrial Training Act gave the then Minister of Labour statutory powers to create industrial training boards which would be responsible for training in a number of UK industries, setting standards and providing advice to firms. This Act (amended in 1982) gives CITB its mandate to collect a levy from construction employers and to use this to support training and skills in construction. Services provided through the levy system include: financial support to employers, advice for employers about training needs Information, advice and guidance for those seeking careers in construction Research including labour market forecasting to anticipate and plan for skills needs, qualifications & standards for the industry.
CITB further take a leadership role for the industry, addressing skills challenges through the strategic plan: CITB products and services include: apprenticeships, publications and testing such as the Health, Safety and Environment Test.
CPA and CITB have many, many years of collaboration and CPA members and staff are represented at and in many cases, chair numerous committees and working groups on behalf of CPA members and the plant sector in general. CPA further engages with CITB on behalf of the members on a range of issues.