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Industry federations support levy to fund construction skills body

Training body CITB-Construction Skills received a major boost this week when 13 construction industry federations voted to allow it to continue using a statutory levy/grant system to raise funding.

CITB-Construction Skills is supported by 13 federations including the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and the Construction Plant Hire Association, which pay a levy to the CITB-Construction Skills board for funding. CITB-Construction Skills then distributes the money as grants to employers to develop their workforce’s skills.

The 13 federations pledged their continued support for the levy and grant system with levy-paying bodies giving the current system a 69% approval rating — a level that has remained unchanged since 2007.

CITB-ConstructionSkills said its continued support from the industry showed the training body played an important role for firms struggling with economic uncertainty. CITB-ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrar said he was “delighted” to receive such support. “By investing in training now, the industry will be ready to meet future skills needs for the upturn,” said Farrar.

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