CITB announce programme to fund new wave of assessors

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A shortage of training assessors will impact the ability of the next generation of construction workers to be qualified say the CITB

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has declared that it plans to fund a £600,000 scheme to get more training assessors into the construction industry. The scheme has been sparked by increasing pressure on training providers to take on rising numbers of workers and also the lack of available training assessors in more remote areas.

Sectors such as asbestos management are currently facing shortages with other sectors likely to face similar problems as the industry grows.

Essential for the industry

Apprenticeships and NVQ qualifications are very popular in the construction industry owing to its ‘hands on’ nature and reduced time in the classroom. Though not always essential for employment, NVQ qualifications distinguish individuals and help to raise the standard of work within the industry.

Becoming a training assessor is a popular career move for experienced professionals within the industry who are looking for a change of job, but want to stay within the field. This new investment will allow more people to make the move without having to fund the training themselves and take time off work.

Richard Miller, Assessment & Verification Manager at CITB, commented:

“Small and micro-sized firms have told us they need on-site training assessors to help qualify more construction workers across the UK. The Assessor Infrastructure project will give workers with the right skills and experience the opportunity to become qualified and get the recognition they deserve without being away from the job.

“CITB is committed to ensuring the construction industry has a fully qualified workforce that’s competent to build the homes and infrastructure Great Britain needs.”

Graham Warren, Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD) Manager at the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA), commented:

“By our estimates, over 6,500 asbestos operatives and supervisors will require a National Vocational Qualification in the next five years.”

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