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CITB set for overhaul

CITB set for overhaul

The future shape of employment training in the construction jobs sector is set to be determined by a new review of the activities of the Construction Industry Training board (CITB).

Minister of state for apprenticeships and skills Robert Halfon has announced the appointment of former government construction advisor Paul Morrell to carry out the task. Mr Morrell will help devise the future shape of industrial training boards.

The initiative follows the publication of a report for the Construction Leadership Council earlier this month titled Modernise Or Die, which questioned the effectiveness of the CITB and the capacity of the Uk construction sector to maintain and expand its capacity. 

Mr Halfon said: "Paul is a highly respected figure both in the industry and in government and is known as a strong force for change and modernisation.

"The government’s ambitious infrastructure and housing plans require a step up in capability and capacity in the construction sector. Training boards can help deliver the skills we desperately need and I look forward to seeing some real recommendations from this review."

Mr Morrell, a chartered quantity surveyor, was the government's first ever chief construction advisor from 2009 to 2012. During that time, he was in charge of the UK Government, Innovation and Growth team that published Low Carbon Construction in  November 2010 and launched the Government Construction Strategy in May 2011.

The issue of skills shortages has been a persistent problem as the construction sector has seen demand increasing in recent years. This has led to fears that growth could be restricted as contractors could be forced to turn down contracts due to labour shortages.

With the government acknowledging the need to build more homes, solving this shortage could be a key part of the quest to resolve the housing crisis, as much if not more than measures such as public sector land divestment, changes to the planning laws and initiatives such as help-to-buy.

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