The needs of small construction firms will be better represented by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
This is following the announcement of three new members who have been appointed to the Board of CITB, which is the industry training board for the construction sector in the UK.
In recent months, CITB’s position has been called into question as there has been criticism that it is not providing the number of trainees required to fill the skills shortage that exists in the sector.
How it represented small construction firms is something that has been called into question but, of the three new Board members, two will bring great expertise of worming within SMEs.
Both Kevin McLoughlin MBE and Robert Williams MBE have founded SME companies in the past, and Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, believes these appointments are “a welcome step in the right direction.”
He said: “I am delighted that FMB member Kevin McLoughlin MBE has been announced as one of two SME representatives on the CITB Board. Kevin has a wealth of knowledge of the industry which will prove crucial in helping to deliver CITB’s Vision 2020. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the building sector and runs a hugely successful decorating firm in London.
“Prior to this announcement, there was only one SME representative on the CITB Board. Given that SME firms make up 98% of the construction industry and train two-thirds of all apprentices, we have been calling for the CITB Board to be more representative of the full spectrum of firms in our industry.
“The news that two SME representatives have been appointed is therefore a welcome step in the right direction for an organisation that needs to continue to prioritise reform and make sure that it is listening to all sections of the industry. The appointment of Kevin and Robert Williams mean the Board can now better reflect the needs of small construction firms and therefore better serve the industry as a whole.”