CITB cuts 450 jobs
The Construction Industry Training Board is reducing its payroll from 1400 full time employees to around 950 over the next three years.
Confirmation of the job cuts follows CITB’s board signing off the organisation's business plan, which will be published later this month.
Last month the CITB revealed plans to shed 46 jobs in a restructuring of its middle management, reducing numbers from 112 to 66. It now emerges that this was part of a much wider cost-cutting cull.
Under the new business plan, back office and support functions will be reviewed “with a view to modernising or outsourcing”, CITB said in a statement.
The aim is to increase the proportion industry levy funds that it returns to the industry from 84% currently to nearer 90% by reducing its operating costs.
Policy director Stephen Radley said: “In delivering this plan, we will review all current CITB activity to make sure levy money is being used to best effect for construction employers. We will invest in the most-needed training, and work through partnerships and commissioning wherever possible to make sure it is available in the right places.”
Among the challenges that the CITB is facing is the introduction of the government's apprenticeship levy in 2017. At a briefing to industry trade associations in December, the CITB made clear that the Treasury expects it to adapt to the apprenticeship levy. Construction employers will get no exemptions from the apprenticeship levy. However, it is possible that firms paying the apprenticeship levy may be exempt from paying some or all the CITB levy.
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This article was published on 10 Feb 2016 (last updated on 11 Feb 2016).