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CITB News July 2016

Here’s the latest from us about how we’re working to better support you.

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Levy and Grant update

As a reminder, there has been a delay in sending out the 2016 Levy Return. 

Full information can be found here.

Proposed CITB & Apprenticeship Levy Transition Package

Introduction

Some construction employers will be liable to pay both the CITB Levy and the new Apprenticeship Levy.

CITB has agreed that construction employers paying the CITB Levy should not bear the full cost of two levies when the Apprenticeship Levy is introduced in April 2017.

Between April 2017 and March 2018 a Transition Package will be implemented by CITB with those employers paying both levies and claiming CITB grants being eligible for an Enhanced Training Grant.

Subject to consensus being agreed in September 2017 a new CITB Levy Order will be introduced in April 2018 which is anticipated to address the issue of employers paying both levies.

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Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS)

The Construction Apprenticeship Scheme (CAS) is a registration scheme offering a ‘formal’ apprenticeship to individuals following a craft technical career in a construction-related occupation.

CAS is aimed mainly at school leavers entering the construction industry for the first time, but is open to all ages and operates throughout England and Wales. 

The scheme is well regarded by the industry in providing a measure of protection and commitment to apprenticeship programmes, as well as an important in getting financial support through the Grant Scheme. 

CAS is owned by the construction industry and administered by CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board. 

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Experienced Construction Programme

Find and recruit the best young candidate by offering work experience within your company.

A work experience placement can last for up to six weeks (duration depends on nation), giving the applicant time to pick up some skills and you the chance to see what they are made of.

Employers who take part in our Experience Construction Programme are guaranteed to receive:

  • a good source of available candidates
  • personal support from a CITB Apprenticeship Officer
  • a payment of up to £200

It is up to you if you want to offer an Apprenticeship once the two week placement has been completed. Simply contact CITB to register your interest in offering a placement.

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Shared Apprenticeship Scheme (SAS)

The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme allows employers to support and benefit from apprentices, even if they are unable to offer them a long term placement.

The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme allows apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with a number of different employers, to gain the skill sets they require to become qualified.

It has been set up to help employers who want to support the development of skills while working on regional contracts, but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship, and who wish to support training the future workforce.

The Scheme is being rolled out by CITB following successful pilots in Lancashire, Merseyside and Wales.

Ten schemes are being developed, which will see 500 extra apprentices joining the UK’s construction industry workforce every year.

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Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF)

The CCATF is a cross-industry initiative designed to  increase employer engagement in apprenticeship training. Since December  2007 the CCATF has adopted a two-pronged approach:  first, to communicate  the positive messages  to employers  and second to influence Government  policy to ensure the best environment for construction apprenticeship training is created.

 “To champion the ethos and culture of training within the construction industry by working with industry peers and stakeholders; to encourage those not training to do so and those that train to do more by promoting the benefits and value that an apprentice can bring to an employer.”

As we start to climb out of the economic downturn, we are now hearing reports of the forecasted skills shortages that the CCATF has been emphasising to government and industry for the past three years. The latest figures from CITB show that 182,000 construction jobs need to be filled by 2018. As there were only 7,280 construction apprenticeships completed in 2013, there is some way to go before we meet the demand for new talent. 

Download the 2013 Annual Report (PDF, 2MB) to find out how the CCATF is helping to tackle the shortfall.

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