The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has united with Norfolk partners to secure the future of the Board’s Bircham Newton site.
CITB has previously set out plans in its Vision 2020 strategy, which came about after industry concerns about staffing needs of the construction industry and the fear that they aren’t being met.
One of the changes that the Board has laid out is plans to move head office from Bircham Newton to Peterborough.
And to ensure the site in Norfolk is used for training, a taskforce consisting of community stakeholders has been put together.
It comprises of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Norfolk County Council, The College of West Anglia (CWA), Freebridge Community Housing, Sir Henry Bellingham MP, as well as CITB.
The taskforce, which was agreed in the first week of February, will identify opportunities for the Bircham Newton site such as possible future providers of training services.
The continuation of training at the site was also discussed by the taskforce.
Sarah Beale is the Chief Executive of CITB. She reiterated the commitment to continue to use the area for construction training, despite the organisation’s move to becoming a smaller, more strategic organisation after it was approved for the Construction Levy for the next three years.
She said: “I’m delighted that together we established the new taskforce. There were lots of issues on the table and we are committed to working together with taskforce partners to achieve effective solutions for West Norfolk and the people who live and work there.
“Not only is CITB absolutely committed to securing the future of training and the retention of jobs in Norfolk – we can now rely on the expert advice and input of each and every key local stakeholder, throughout the reform process.”