Industry experts announced for CITB’s Nation Councils

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The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced the new members of its Nation Councils for England, Scotland and Wales

The Nation Councils will play a vital role in helping to shape the future of construction across Great Britain and provide strategic advice to the Board to better meet the industry’s skills needs. Their formation delivers on a significant call by industry and government for CITB’s governance to be more representative in last year’s Consensus consultation and the Government’s ITB Review.

Seamus Keogh, CEO of Clancy Docwra Ltd, Tony Elliott, Group HR Director of Robertson Group, and Leigh Hughes, Business Development & Social Value Director at Bouygues UK, took up their respective roles as Chair of the Nation Councils in England, Scotland and Wales in July.

They will now be joined by nine council members. Each Nation Council represents a diverse cross-section of the industry with a presence for both SMEs and large contractors. The Councils will have their first meetings this autumn.

The key functions of the Nations Council include:

  • Assisting the Board to accurately prioritise support for key issues affecting industry within the nations
  • Shaping and influencing CITB’s  business plan to address industry opportunities, pressures and priorities
  • Informing CITB’s evidence
  • Making timely recommendations to the Board about skills issues within the nation that may affect delivery of the Business Plan.

Peter Lauener, Chair of CITB, said: “I’m really excited to see the breadth and depth of talent we have on our three Nation Councils. They will be a clear and strong voice for industry within CITB and will help us become a more relevant and responsive organisation.

“The Nation Councils’ input will be critical as we go forward to deliver the skills and training needs for our industry.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “CITB has listened to the concerns of small and medium-sized employers and is upping SME representation on all of its key Boards and Councils, including the new Nation Councils. Construction SMEs make up 99 per cent of all construction businesses in the UK and so it is crucial that the CITB has small firms at the heart of its organisation.

“Given that skills and training are devolved issues, these Nation Councils are also vital to ensuring that the CITB’s work reflects the specific needs of employers in England, Scotland and Wales.”

Marie-Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs at CECA, said: “CECA welcomes the appointment of the CITB’s new Council members, representing the construction industry across England, Scotland and Wales.

“The new intake brings to the table diversity across the group and the sectors in which they work in.

“CITB faces a series of challenges in the coming months, but will undoubtedly be supported by the new council as it works with industry and others to meet them.”

Sarah Garry, Skills Manager at Build UK, added: “I’m pleased to see strong representation from Build UK members on CITB’s Nation Councils. This is an important step towards meeting our expectations that CITB will reform its governance. CITB must now make full use of the councils’ expertise so that the construction industry can recruit, train and retain the best talent where it is most needed.”

The Wales and Scotland Nation Councils are still recruiting one member each, with a focus on getting the right mix of skills and experience on each Council.

Click here to find out the names of the Councils member.

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