New training initiatives from CITB
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is increasing the standardisation and transferability of training in the construction industry and is launching a Construction Training Directory to support this.
The Construction Training Directory is a searchable online directory of construction-related training courses, tests and qualifications which are delivered by Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) to defined training standards.
To ensure the Training Directory is available by April 2018, CITB will be engaging with employers and ATOs to:
• Define industry-agreed Training Standards. CITB will work with specialist sectors and use pre-existing guidance to define the Training Standards. There will then be a period of consultation for employers and stakeholders to feedback their comments
• ATOs will be able to apply to have courses which they deliver mapped to the CITB Training Standard.
Where the employer also provides training, they will be able to register to become an ATO, in addition to using the Training Directory to identify suitable training.
Where relevant, these products will be supported by automated grant payments, which means that on successful completion of a course which qualifies for grant payment, the ATO will trigger an automatic payment, direct to the employer’s bank account.
In April 2018, CITB will also launch the Construction Training Register an online register that holds individuals’ transferable, construction-related training achievements and qualifications. Over time it will build a comprehensive picture of skills training across the UK.
On successful completion of the training course the ATO will input training information into the Construction Training Register. This will allow employers to view the transferable training achievements and qualifications of employees, enabling training needs to be identified and allowing for better planning of training and workforce development.