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CITB Predict Skills Shortage could hold back £15bn Worth of North East Projects

CITB have been working in conjunction with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to produce a report outlining the future skills gap which could affect at least £15 billion worth of construction projects which are predicted to be underway in the North East over the next five years.

The research shows that the majority of projects will be in infrastructure and new housing with construction spends of £709m and £574m. The predicted industry skills shortfall includes carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and painters and decorators.

To view the report in full click here.



National Apprenticeship Week 2018

National Apprenticeship Week is returning in 2018. This will take place between the 5th – 9th March 2018. We will keep you updated as events are organised.

For more information on National Apprenticeship Week Click Here.



CITB: Training Directory, National Register & ‘Standards’

CITB have passed Consensus. With a mixed view from many in the industry, this year’s Consensus vote was no doubt one of CITB’s most challenging yet. Since the results, they have vowed to reform and improve the way which they work to benefit the industry and bridge the skills gaps which are slowly becoming evident.

The government released its own ITB report in November, and this advised that the industry needs a Training Board, but that CITB were not running this in an efficient way and that reform was needed to continue.

CITB have announced their Vision 2020 reform objectives:

  • Be Accountable
  • Be Representative
  • Be Relevant
  • Be Responsive
  • Be Innovative
  • Be Influential


 CITB Revised Levy.

The new levy will be implemented in April 2018. Employers will now have to pay Levy rates of PAYE 0.35 % and Net CIS 1.25%. To estimate your levy for April 2018 onwards, please Click Here.



VQ’s Can Add Up to 25% to a Construction Worker’s Salary

CITB has announced that if a construction worker gains an NVQ qualification it could boost their salary by up to 25%. The CITB Achievers and Leavers report states that a Level 2 VQ is could add more than £2,200 across 5 years in increased wages, moving up to Level 3 is worth a further £3,500, and gaining a Level 4 £12,600.

The report however isn’t all great news. 6 months ago, 9 out of 10 were originally expecting to remain in the industry. CITB have now advised that 1 out of 3 learners have since left the industry after completing their Further Education course citing reasons such as a ‘lack of work experience’ as to why they couldn’t secure a job within the industry. 1 in 3 employers have advised that new entrants were poorly prepared for working in their sector even after they had completed FE courses.

86% of those students asked have said they would have benefited from more talks from construction employers at school or college.  




Apprenticeship Levy & Funding Changes

The Government Apprenticeship Levy came into force on 4th April 2017.

The Levy is 0.5% of pay bill for those with a pay bill of over £3 million.

The aim of the Apprenticeship Levy is to incentivise new employer led standards across all sectors.

For further information and the latest government updates on the levy and Apprenticeship Funding changes, please see the links below:

Changes to Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeship Levy

Apprenticeship Funding