The legislation that allows the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to impose a levy on the industry requires that it undertakes wide consultation every three years. This is to confirm that the construction industry is happy to continue putting money into a collective pot and whether there is still a consensus in support of the CITB. In the old days, the CITB focus was in providing industry related training where as now it is responsible for administering the money.
An initial consultation on levy proposals will run from 1st March – 11th April 2021 and once feedback on the draft levy proposals has been gathered, the official consensus exercise will take place from 14th June until Sunday 15th August.
The triennial consensus was due in 2020. The process started and questionnaires went out but then came lockdown and necessary follow-up interviews were cancelled. Instead, emergency powers were invoked and the secretary of state renewed the levy order regardless.
CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said: “From your feedback we know now is the right time to proceed with running consensus. We’re looking forward to talking with businesses from across the sector to understand their views, and explaining how we’ll use their money to provide the training and the skills that the industry needs.”
Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, said: “We’ve been calling for consensus to go ahead for some time now and expressed our great dismay when it was postponed the first time. Now members will have the chance to hold CITB to account, examine their plans and proposals for levy in the future and have their say. The consensus process is an essential part of ensuring the industry has confidence in CITB’s ability to deliver the skills our industry so desperately needs. We welcome the confirmation that consensus will go ahead and will do all we can to ensure as many members engage in this process as possible.”
Levy registered employers can take part in the initial consultation from Monday 1st March to Sunday 11th April at www.citb.co.uk/levyconsultation.
Employers can register for virtual events at www.citb.co.uk/spring2021events.
For details of the consensus process itself, see: www.citb.co.uk/consensus2021.
As reported on: TheConstructionIndex.