CITB saved from threat of privatisation

The government has confirmed the CITB-ConstructionSkills is to be retained in the public sector and funded by industry levy.

A statement from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said: “Government has agreed that the Industry Training Boards for Construction, Engineering Construction and Film will be retained as Non-Departmental Public Bodies.  The ITBs are owned and directed by the employers in their industry and act independently of Government. The central purpose of the ITBs is to meet the skill needs of their industries through consensus support for a statutory levy.”

James Wates, chairman of CITB-ConstructionSkills, responded: “We understand that in these tough times, government has a duty to ensure it delivers best value for money – so we welcome the news that CITB-ConstructionSkills is to be retained under the Public Bodies Act.”

“We view the decision as a positive endorsement of the Levy and the work that we do to add value to our employers by ensuring industry has the right skills in place, to improve standards and contribute towards economic growth.”

Despite this vote of confidence, the organisation says that is committed to delivering more and improving the way it works with industry.

Mr Wates said: “Our industry is changing, and we need to change with it. The Board recognises that continuing to reform the organisation could be beneficial to improve its overall effectiveness.”

08/03/11

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