Changes are part of the group’s revamp called Vision 2020

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A new system to access training and grants has been launched by the Construction Industry Training Board today.

It is a central feature of Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Vision 2020 programme, and is broken down into three parts; a training directory, training register and new grant scehme.

Braden Connolly, director of products and services at CITB, said: “We are delighted to launch CITB’s new Training Model and Grants Scheme today, on time and on budget. It is a major step towards CITB becoming the modern, responsive, accountable organisation industry wants us to be.

“The new Construction Training Directory will make it much easier for employers to get the training they need, where they need it, when they need it.

“By tracking achievements and making employee qualifications accessible to employers, the new Construction Training Register will have a transformative effect on the ability of employers not only to train employees, but also to hire people with the right skills on day one.”

The new training directory and register are both in early stage use.

CITB does not expect them to operate at their full potential, nor hold all courses and records, until early 2019. During the intervening period CITB will work with ATOs to upload all available courses whilst screening and matching employee records for the Construction Training Register.

To ensure continuity of service and a customer-focused transition, CITB will run both the manual and automated grant payment processes in parallel.

New CITB training model

Construction Training Directory – where employers can find the right training, in the right place, at the right time. 

Construction Training Register – an online database which allows employers to search records of employees to check skills and manage their training needs. The scale of this is huge, recording millions of individual training achievements by our construction workforce. One of the key benefits is that there will be less duplication of training, as employees can rely on the training a new employee has gained elsewhere.

New Grant Scheme – More flexible and focussed on supporting construction-related training, allowing CITB to support the areas of greatest training need. On successful completion of a course, a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) will confirm the learner’s achievement, upload the details onto the Construction Training Register, triggering the automated grant process. This process will massively cut red tape for employers.