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Default Citb ..... Omg .... !! part III - the end is nigh!!

" Balfour Beatty is prepared to bring the whole CITB structure down in a bid to rebuild a new industry training structure that might actually work"

"The boss of Britain’s biggest building firm says that the CITB has shown itself incapable of delivering the workforce that the industry needs – the organisation’s sole reason for being – and has given too little information of how it will rectify this.

“The stakes are too high for us to sleepwalk over the skills cliff,” Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn says.

“Currently, the CITB occupies a pivotal role in providing all of us in the sector with the skilled workers we need. Bluntly, the present skills shortage shows it hasn’t been doing this for some time.”

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is undergoing its triennial Consensus process. That’s a vote by all the businesses that pay its costs, to get agreement for another three years of levy payments.

It appears that Balfour Beatty is prepared to bring the whole CITB structure down in a bid to rebuild a new industry trainign structure that might actually work.

In an article on the Balfour Beatty website Mr Quinn says: “Given that CITB raises £200m a year via the levy, the lack of detail in the information it has provided to date is truly concerning. And were the industry to vote ‘no’ at Consensus and cause the CITB to be wound up, any and all liabilities run up (e.g. pension buy-out) would fall to the industry to settle – a severe inducement for levy-payers not to exercise that prerogative. Combining the general lack of transparency on strategy, controls and fiscal approach, this is a level of accountability which would be deemed unacceptable in virtually any other public arena in the UK.”

He adds: “To justify its continued existence alongside the wider Apprenticeship Levy, it must deliver what its Levy-payers – let alone the UK as a whole – critically need: the newly skilled workers to upgrade our infrastructure. Based on the information released by the CITB to date, we have little basis for confidence and strongly believe this it too important to leave to chance.

“Which is why Balfour Beatty is likely to vote against Consensus. Before making a final decision, however, we ask one more time to see detailed information in relation to the reform and governance issues raised above.”

He adds: “This is not the first instance of the industry being told CITB will reform itself. This time, we cannot afford to lose another three years if it fails to deliver.”

CITB will publish the results of Consensus at the beginning of November 2017

We can but hope they all have the balls to make a change for the better .... and shutdown the gravy train, for all those getting wealthy from the present failed 'cash cow' set up.
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