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Axe to fall on 450 jobs at industry training board

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The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to slash 450 jobs in three years as it seeks to become more modern and efficient.

The body – which runs the sector’s own skills levy – revealed plans to cut its headcount to about 950 full-time equivalents by the end of 2018.

This compares to about 1,400 at the end of 2015 – with about 78 of the cuts already underway.

The government has announced plans for a UK-wide skills tax, and has consulted on the possibility of scrapping the CITB levy.

CITB said it would undergo a “major restructure” to save costs and become more relevant.

It said it would invest to modernise its currently outdated systems and processes; consolidate roles to reduce duplication; and seek to work through partnerships and commissioning, rather than always delivering training directly.

CITB director of policy Stephen Radley said: “In delivering this plan, we will review all current CITB activity to make sure levy money is being used to best effect for construction employers.

“We will invest in the most-needed training, and work through partnerships and commissioning wherever possible to make sure it is available in the right places.”

The CITB last month announced plans to change 66 roles and cut a further 46.

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