Bircham Newton To Close After Major CITB Shake-Up

- Jan 26, 2018-

      The 50-year-old Bircham Newton base in Norfolk has been the must go-to training college for thousands of scaffolders over the years.

       Sources say the CITB management called a meeting and broke the news to staff yesterday.

The news comes after the CITB training body laid out plans to streamline its business operations as part of a major shake-up was revealed. The The CITB, which is funded by a levy on construction firms, will no longer carry out direct training.

      In future, the body will oversee training by external private sector training providers.

A recent government review of the CITB found that although construction employers and trade associations voted for the industry levy to continue, there was heavy criticism of how it currently operates.

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    Some really tough decisions could be made under these proposals but I’m confident in our commitment to becoming a more representative, accountable and reliable ‘levy in, skills out’ organisation. We now have a clearly defined path, and we see a bright future for a modern, engaged CITB. We look forward to working with our industry and Government to build a better Britain.” 

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