The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has made œ7m in additional funding available to train a new wave of construction workers in the jobs most needed by the industry.
The new funds are the result of a change to the Grant Scheme, which returns the supplementary payment to a flat rate of 10% on August 1, 2015. It is believed that this change will product œ4m on its own, with a further œ3m to be made available from other areas of CITB where projects have come in under budget.
Steve Radley, director of policy at CITB, said:
“As this scheme comes to an end, we will commit these funds to training the workers most needed to address skills shortages. Our current research is identifying where the critical training needs lie, to help us best target the funding.
“The construction industry is growing and it is of paramount importance that CITB does all it can to meet the skills challenge – these additional funds will go some way to help us do that.”