Balfour Beatty has today announced its support for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) levy.
This is a drastic turnaround in position after an article published last month by the company’s Chief Executive, Leo Quinn, who felt that CITB weren’t doing enough to fill positions in the construction industry, citing the ongoing skills shortage as an example.
In a statement this afternoon, the international infrastructure company revisited its former position regarding the concerns over the lack of clarity prior to the CITB consensus vote, which decides whether or not businesses within construction agree that their payments for the funding Levy should be collected by the CITB for another three years.
Balfour Beatty wants to see a training board that can deliver the workforce that the industry needs and said “radical reform of the CITB is necessary to achieve this.”
For their part, the CITB have always been confident that they can deliver the staff needed in the sector, and welcomed Balfour Beatty’s criticisms.
Since then, the Board has revealed the impact of the money provided by Levy payers and how it is spent.
Balfour Beatty say that meetings have been held between themselves and the CITB, which have provided the company with “appropriate assurances and preliminary details about the reforms.”
The statement went on to say the Board is in need of further governance but understands the call for reforms.
“It (CITB) has demonstrated that it understands the urgency and magnitude of change necessary to create a CITB which will better meet the needs of the UK construction industry and help create the skilled workforce necessary to deliver the enormous pipeline of planned works.
“Balfour Beatty believes that further work on the governance of the CITB is necessary. We are willing to work constructively with the CITB and our industry partners, to ensure that the CITB has governance which is fit for purpose as soon as is practical.”
Given these assurances, the company is voting for the CITB levy.