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Application of BIM for Sustainable Construction Webinar

Thursday 14 Nov 2019
Whether experienced or just beginning your journey of Digital Construction, come along and join the BIMcert Webinars and have your say on the final round of trials and testing.


The webinar is open to all within construction and will demonstrate and showcase the latest BIMcert platform and training curriculum developed for digital construction and BIM.




CITB NI & Radius Housing Join Forces again for the 2019 Apprenticeship Endeavour Award

Tuesday 12 Nov 2019
CITB NI and Radius Housing are working in partnership to award £500 to a construction craft apprentice who has overcome a significant adversity to allow them to successfully complete their training programme and achieve a construction qualification at NVQ Level 2 or Level 3.   
 
The Apprenticeship Endeavour Award applies to those who undertook their training between September 2017 & August 2019. The competition is now open for entries and will close on Friday 14th February 2020.,

BIM for Small Construction Businesses

Tuesday 05 Nov 2019
BIM is already bringing significant changes to the global construction industry. If you are new to BIM this workshop will introduce you to the basic principles that underlie this important process and how you might adopt BIM in your business.

CITB NI helping encourage the next generation

Monday 28 Oct 2019
CITB NI have launched a three-year careers strategy to help promote careers in construction and encourage the next generation of the opportunities a career in the industry can bring.

Skills shortages, an ageing workforce, poor perception of the industry and low numbers of apprentices joining the industry are putting the construction industry at risk. Consequently, the industry needs to do more to successfully promote itself to young people and careers influencers and meet the future demand for additional people.

FREE Mental Health & Well Being Training

Friday 25 Oct 2019
Mental Health in construction is a significant issue, with over a third of construction workers reporting that they have experienced a condition in the past year. CITB NI are providing FREE Mental Health and Well Being Training designed to support individuals at all levels.

10 reasons to employ an apprentice

Monday 30 Sep 2019
Apprentices are good for your business!

Research indicates that apprenticeships boost productivity so more and more employers are choosing to grow their business by employing apprentices. Offering young people an apprenticeship gives your business the chance to play an active role in creating your future workforce and developing future skills that they need to help your business grow.

Top 10 things CITB NI does for the NI Construction Industry.

Tuesday 24 Sep 2019
CITB NI is both an Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council. Our role is to work in partnership with the industry improving their performance and productivity through improving the skills of those employed or intending to be employed in the industry. The Top things we do for the NI construction industry are listed below.

Future Leaders Fellowships

Monday 16 Sep 2019
Is your construction business innovative and keen to develop new talent? Then Future Leaders Fellowships could be for you. Funding is available from UK Research and Innovation to allow early career researchers and innovators from eligible UK businesses to develop their leadership potential through challenging innovation or research projects. Applicants must have strong track record of delivering innovation / research and/or have PhD.

Help set industry standards - Your input is important.

Thursday 12 Sep 2019
CITB in Great Britain are seeking industry views from all nations and want to hear from construction employers in Northern Ireland. Industry standards are reviewed every five years and consultation for the next five-year cycle is now open.

Safer Sites Targeted Inspection Initiative Sept 2019

Wednesday 04 Sep 2019

HSENI, will begin a fortnight long programme of construction site inspections from Monday 16 September 2019.

Important Information

Monday 02 Sep 2019
If your 2019 Return was not received by the deadline of 4pm on 30 August 2019, Grants may not be paid in the 2019/2020 training year. You can appeal within 10 working days from 2 Septemer 2019.



CITB NI Grant Form

Monday 02 Sep 2019
To become more economically friendly and increase the return to industry CITB NI will not be printing the 2019/2020 Application Form or Terms and Conditions of Grant.

Press Clippings for July & August 2019

Monday 02 Sep 2019
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during July & August 2019.

CITB NI & NHBC Training Courses

Thursday 22 Aug 2019
CITB NI are working in partnership with NHBC to offer a range of open courses through 2019/20. These courses are aimed at site managers, if you work within a home-building company or within their sub-contract supply chain.

WorldSkills 2019

Wednesday 21 Aug 2019

Four talented Northern Ireland competitors are competing international WorldSkills competition being held in the Russian city of Kazan.

One Day Emergency First Aid at Work Training Course

Tuesday 20 Aug 2019
**NEW DATES JUST RELEASED**
CITB NI are providing a series of FREE One Day Emergency First Aid at Work Training Courses throughout Northern Ireland.

Successful completion will result in a Level 3 Emergency First Aid at work certificate issued by Highfield Qualifications.

Book Now - Places are filling up fast!

CIOB Award top student

Thursday 15 Aug 2019
Peter Clarke QTAS student, attained best UK and overseas student certificate of excellence award for his outstanding performance 2018,  achieving the highest marks among his competitors. He was presented with his glass crystal award and certificate by Gary Blair Chair of the CIOB Belfast Hub at CITB NI premises Nutts Corner Training Centre, Dundrod Road.
 

CITB NI £1.45m grant scheme to help support construction training

Monday 22 Jul 2019
CITB NI have launched their new £1.45m training grants scheme to help encourage the local construction industry to train. The newly updated and improved scheme will be available to registered employers from September 2019 and supports a wide range of training and qualifications for their employees working in Northern Ireland.
The significant investment and improvements will give more value to the construction employer and more benefits to the industry.

Subsidised CPD Scaffolding Course 13 & 14 August 2019

Tuesday 16 Jul 2019
The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) is marking the second anniversary of the introduction of CPD courses for scaffolders by running a number of subsidised courses across the UK. CISRS has reached an agreement with a number of training providers that will enable them to deliver CPD courses for up to only £50 per head.

Press Clippings for May 2019

Wednesday 26 Jun 2019
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during May 2019

CITB NI supporting local schools with GCSE resources

Monday 24 Jun 2019
CITB NI has developed a textbook to support the GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment subject and is providing 25 complimentary copies to each of the 45 schools that teaches the subject.

Support for Construction Employers

Monday 24 Jun 2019
Aside from the support offered by CITB NI through our grants scheme, there are a wide range of sources of grant aid and funding including:

  • Support for start-ups
  • Support for innovation and R&D
  • Support for working with colleges and universities.

 

Construction Skills Network 2019-2023

Friday 07 Jun 2019
The annual NI Construction Skills Network (CSN) report (2019 – 2023) - a five-year forecast into the industry’s skills needs - anticipates construction output growth of 0.8% in Northern Ireland, up slightly from the previous year. The forecast is based on the scenario that the UK agrees an exit deal with the EU, rather than a ‘No Deal’ situation. The Annual Recruitment Requirement for the same period is 500 new workers each year.

Annual Construction Skills Network Observatory Meeting

Thursday 30 May 2019
The CSN LMI forecasts for 2019-2023 were published earlier this year and work is already underway on next year’s
forecasts. As a leading industry skills forecast, CSN receives national and regional media coverage and
provides vital information to both industry and stakeholders.


Complete your Annual Return Form Online Now

Thursday 30 May 2019
You asked and we listened - You can now complete your 2019 Annual Levy Return online NOW.

It is a legal requirement to complete the Levy Annual Return Form.

The 2019 Annual Return Form must be completed and submitted on or before 4pm on 30 August 2019.

CITB NI’s Women in Construction Network Launches New Careers Materials for Girls

Wednesday 29 May 2019
CITB NI’s Women in Construction Network is proactive in promoting the construction industry as a career for young women. There are many successful women now working in the industry and the old stereotypes associated with construction are falling away. The industry is dynamic and forward thinking and the women working in it are creating successful careers with bright futures.

Apprenticeship Framework Reviews – Employer Survey Dry lining

Thursday 02 May 2019
CITB NI recognise that skills shortages and an aging workforce are putting the construction industry at risk. We are working with employers, stakeholders and Government to promote career opportunities, generate awareness and review apprenticeship training standards in order to support the workforce of the local construction industry.
 

General Construction Operative Programme

Tuesday 30 Apr 2019
CITB NI is running a free programme to train 15 new or existing construction site operatives which will help:

  • Develop a skilled pool of labour – prepared for work
  • Employers fill skills gaps and shortages
  • Make recruiting new staff easier and simpler
 

Japanese Knotweed & Giant Hogweed Seminar

Friday 05 Apr 2019
CITB NI have arranged 4 half day awareness raising sessions on Japanese Knotweed and other invasive weeds to support the industry with this increasingly prevalent issue for the built environment and infrastructure sectors.

Construction Apprentices Compete to be the best in their trade at Skillbuild NI 2019

Thursday 28 Mar 2019
Over 80 local construction apprentices gathered their tools to compete against each other in the annual Skillbuild NI National Finals which was held at Belfast Metropolitan College, Castlereagh on Friday 22 March 2019.
 
Skillbuild NI organised by CITB NI and supported by the Department for the Economy and local sponsors helps assist with maintaining and raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training.

Two worthy winners awarded the CITB NI & Radius Housing Apprenticeship Endeavour Award

Thursday 28 Mar 2019
Two local young construction workers have been awarded the very first Apprenticeship Endeavour Award in partnership with CITB NI and Radius Housing at the Skillbuild NI competition in March.

Robert Mythen and Gerard McGeown were both nominated by their respective colleges Southern Regional College and Belfast Metropolitan College as they have overcome significant  personal adversities which allowed them to continue their construction training, gain qualifications and employment within the industry.

Press Clippings for February 2019

Monday 11 Mar 2019
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during February 2019.

Registered Employer Benefits

Monday 04 Mar 2019
If your business requires free onsite awarenss training via our Mobile Training Unit (MTU) or if you have employed apprentices, CITB NI can help.
Contact us on 028 90825466 to find out more

NVQ 4 Site Supervisor Development Programme

Tuesday 26 Feb 2019
Do you already have supervisory responsbilities on site and wish to receive a formal qualification? This work based qualification could be the one for you.

Two worthy winners will be awarded the CITB NI & Radius Housing Apprenticeship Endeavour Award

Monday 25 Feb 2019
Two local young construction workers will be awarded the very first Apprenticeship Endeavour Award in partnership with CITB NI and Radius Housing at the forthcoming Skillbuild NI competition in March.
Robert Mythen and Gerard McGeown were both nominated by their respective colleges Southern Regional College and Belfast Metropolitan College as they have overcome significant  personal adversities which allowed them to continue their construction training, gain qualifications and employment within the industry.

Cyber Security & GDPR Awareness Training for the Construction

Monday 18 Feb 2019
This workshop will give anyone in the construction industry a high-level overview of the steps required to maintain GDPR compliance on an ongoing basis, as well as an overview of the current cyber threat landscape specific to the construction industry and will provide the best practice recommendations towards safeguarding your organisation against cyber attacks.

Press Clippings for January 2019

Tuesday 12 Feb 2019
A summary of CITB Ni news which appeared in the press during January 2019.

Introductory Digital Marketing & Social Media Workshop for Construction

Monday 04 Feb 2019
This workshop will give identify the top opportunities in digital marketing giving you practical tools and tips to get started. Aimed at Business Owners, Managers, Marketing Managers and Brand Managers who would like to use more digital marketing in their construction business.

CITB NI award top GCSE Construction Success

Wednesday 30 Jan 2019
CITB NI recognised those who got top accolades in GCSE Construction and the Built Environment in 2018 at the Annual Chartered Institute of Building Awards held at Nutts Corner Training Centre last week.

Digitial Construction (BIM) Trials and Testing Workshop

Thursday 24 Jan 2019
Be part of the new era in construction and have your say at the first round of trials and testing on the latest training and self assessment routes currently being involved.

Roofing Apprenticeships

Tuesday 15 Jan 2019
Are you or your staff interested in a career in roofing?
CITB NI in partnership with People1st and Department for Economy are delivering a fully funded apprenticeship for new and existing employees in the roofing industry.

27th World Championship of Young Roofers in Riga, Latvia, 2018 Special Presidents Prize

Tuesday 18 Dec 2018
The Pitch Roofing Team won the overall Presidential Award, this is the second time the UK has won this prestigious prize.

The competition also demonstrated the industries tremendous commitment and support for the development of young roofers. Training was provided by Bob Coutts at CITB NI premises, Nutts Corner Training Centre, Crumlin, Northern Ireland.

Also, a big thank you for the support from NFRC, Kytun, Marley Eternit John Brash, Klober, Redland Monier, Briggs Amasco, Moy, Sika Sarnafil, Fakro and Velux.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Business Improvement workshops to help develop skills of local construction employers

Wednesday 28 Nov 2018
CITB NI business improvement seminars and workshops help local construction employers develop skills in key business areas such as digital marketing for beginners and advanced, GDPR, Tendering and Training Needs Analysis.

The seminars are held in local towns and cities across Northern Ireland to ensure convenience for all and employers also get chance to hear the latest information on CITB NI training initiatives, grants and funding.

Led by industry experts, the Business Improvement Seminars are both informal and easy to book and we encourage employers to attend to help develop their skills which will help develop their businesses. Watch our video of Barry Neilson CITB NI Chief Executive explaning a little bit more about the Business Improvement Event Programme.

To book log on to the events section

Northern Ireland Construction & Infrastructure Students Excel at WorldSkills UK LIVE

Friday 23 Nov 2018
Northern Ireland construction and infrastructure students competed against hundreds of skilled young hopefuls at WorldSkills UK Live to be crowned the National Champion in their occupational skill. The local competitors worked hard and brought home 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 2 bronze medals and 2 highly commended awards.  The students representing the local colleges and their employers and have dedicated a huge amount of time training and focusing for this event.

CITB NI & Radius Housing launch Apprenticeship Endeavour Award

Tuesday 20 Nov 2018
CITB NI and Radius Housing are working in partnership to award £500 to a construction craft apprentice who has overcome a significant adversity to allow them to successfully complete their training programme and achieve a construction qualification at NVQ Level 2 or Level 3.   
 
The Apprenticeship Endeavour Award applies to those who undertook their training between September 2016 & August 2018. The competition will be open for entries from Monday, 1st October 2018 and will close on Wednesday, 19th December 2018. 

Shortage Occupation List Consultation

Thursday 15 Nov 2018
The Department for the Economy are seeking evidence from stakeholders to help inform the review of the shortage occupation list. We encourage construction employers to review and contribute to the consultation which closes at 6 January 2019 @11.45pm

Training Delivers Results

Wednesday 14 Nov 2018
Training is so important within all sectors but particularly construction. Well-trained construction workers are safer, better skilled, work faster and make fewer mistakes. They are better motivated and are more efficient and effective.

As an Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council our vision is to have a construction industry were skills and competence are at the core of every business plan and a training culture where skills are at the heart of each construction company, no matter how large or small. We work with contractors, professional and trade bodies to support training initiatives and skills development for the overall benefit of the industry.

Press Clippings for Sep/Oct 2018

Tuesday 13 Nov 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during September/October 2018.

Promoting Careers in Construction at Skills NI

Monday 12 Nov 2018
CITB NI exhibited at Skills NI careers show last week in Titanic Exhibition Centre. Visited by thousands of school children, Skills NI is the largest interactive careers show in NI. Visitors were able to meet and interact with our construction ambassadors, take part in building a roof and staircase and take part in the online Go Construct personality quiz.

£5200 Grant Available to Employers who employ an Apprentice for 3 year cycle

Thursday 25 Oct 2018
CITB NI are focused on driving investment in skills and training that a growing construction sector requires and offer key initiatives to help the industry train to ensure the right skills in the right place at the right time.

The CITB NI training grant scheme offers direct grants to registered employers for support in a wide range of training and qualifications for employees working in Northern Ireland.  The training is not limited to just the construction trades.  It also includes Administration, Supervision and Management training.

NI Apprenticeship Awards 2020

Tuesday 23 Oct 2018
The Department for Economy Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Awards 2020 are open for applications. Closing date for nominations is Friday 25 October.
 
CITB NI are encouraging those in construction to nominate for these prestigious awards. You may have recently employed an apprentice who deserves recognition in their trade.
 

CITB NI Web Site More Accessible to all

Sunday 21 Oct 2018
CITB NI is committed to developing an IT strategy to help provide industry with a cost-efficient service and to improve our productivity and performance.
 
Central to this strategy is CITBNI’s website which is used by both the general public and CITB NI registered employers

GGF Fire-Resistant Glazed Systems Training

Thursday 18 Oct 2018
Are you a specialist installer of fire resistant glazing systems or do you wish to learn more about the product and how to ensure it is installed correctly?

CITBNI and GGF are offering a half-day training session to provide experienced installers with the knowledge behind Good Practice in the installation of fire-resistant glazing to enable them to understand the importance of complying within specification contained in test evidence for that fire resistant assembly.

Legislative Changes Awareness Training for construction

Wednesday 10 Oct 2018
Keeping up to date with legislation is important for every construction business. This summary will provide a summary of the main changes found in construction legislation and contracts over the last few years.

Cyber Security & GDPR Awareness Training for Construction

Wednesday 10 Oct 2018
This awareness training will give anyone in the construction industry a high level overview of the steps required to maintain GDPR compliance on an on-going basis, as well as an overview of the current cyber threat landscape specific to the construction industry and will provide best practice recommendations towards safeguarding your organisation against cyber attacks.

GCSE Construction Book helps pupils build for the future

Wednesday 10 Oct 2018
CITB NI has launched a newly revised textbook to support the delivery of GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment qualification and is providing 25 complimentary copies to each of the 47 schools that teaches the subject.
 
GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment provides students with a realistic understanding and experience of modern day practices in the construction industry and helps develop their knowledge of the construction industry and the built environment. The textbook contains all the essential underpinning knowledge required of a student who has never studied construction before and who wishes to explore the subject for the first time and has been updated to reflect the changes in the specification.

Introductory Digital Marketing & Social Media Workshop

Monday 08 Oct 2018
This workshop is for Business Owners, Marketing Managers and staff, Sales Managers and Brand Managers who wish to use effective and integrated digital marketing techniques in the construction industry. All content is aimed at an introductory level to help get started in the process of digital inclusion.

Asbestos Training & Cerfification Courses

Monday 08 Oct 2018
UKATA Category 'B' (Work with Non-Licensed Asbestos Materials) Training & Certification Courses.

This course will provide operatives and supervisors with the relevant knowledge and practical skills to carry out non-licensed asbestos removal.

Construction Industry Employers: We need your input to review National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Thursday 27 Sep 2018
National Occupational Standards (NOS) define the competences which apply to job roles or occupations in the form of statements of performance, knowledge and the evidence required to confirm competence. CITB NI are looking for employers to get involved and provide input into the review of NOS occupations. The following National Occupational Standards (NOS) need to be reviewed to ensure they are current and fit for purpose.

BuildHealth Annual Conference 17th October 2018

Wednesday 26 Sep 2018
The BuildHealth Annual Conference will take place on 17th October 2018 at Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim. The main focus onf the event is Getting to Grips with Manual Handling.

CITB NI build on their apprenticeship success to get more young people employed in the industry

Tuesday 18 Sep 2018
Additional grant funding, information and guidance from CITB NI resulted in 103 new apprentices joining the construction industry last year.  Encouraged by its success, and given the need for the industry to recruit and train apprentices, CITB NI will further enhance the grant funding by 30% to help encourage more young people to join the industry and more employers to support them.

Women in Construction Network

Tuesday 28 Aug 2018
The Women in Construction Network has been running for several years now and is made up of a group of friendly, inspiring and dedicated women working in a wide range of roles (professional, technical, administrative, managerial) in the construction industry. The Network, which is facilitated by CITB NI, runs a number of different events every year which include site visits, seminars and networking opportunities. These events allow the members to develop networks with people outside their organisation, discuss the industry and its challenges in an informal setting, learn about different parts of the industry, experience what happens on a site if they are office-based, and encourage the next generation to consider working in the industry.

Tendering in the Public Sector Construction Market Mon 1st Oct

Thursday 23 Aug 2018

This workshop is designed for Construction Businesses that are targetting (or thinking about targeting) the Public Sector Construction Market - in Northern Ireland, Ireland or Britain. This workshop is designed to help construction businesses improve tender performance and outcomes and help participants do their best work in preparing and submitting tenders for public sector contracts.

 

Annual Levy Return Form 2019

Wednesday 22 Aug 2018
You should now have your 2019 Annual Levy Return Form.
Please complete and return it to CITB NI before 4pm on 30 August 2019.
Don’t miss the deadline.  Complete the Return online NOW

Social Impact Measurement Training - Wed 28 Aug 2019

Tuesday 21 Aug 2018
CITB NI and Social Enterprise NI are working together to deliver training which is open to all construction organisations. This training is suited to those who work with social enterprises in their supply chain, have a positive social impact in those communities but unsure how you measure the impact.

CITB NI working with industry to help identify future construction apprenticeship needs

Monday 20 Aug 2018

CITB NI is working in partnership with industry employer representatives, training providers and the Department for the Economy to focus on the structure, format and standard of construction apprenticeship training now and in the future.
 
Working collectively as the Built Environment Sector Partnership (BESP) the partners work together to ensure that construction apprenticeships meet the needs of employers, have sufficient breadth to support portability and build capacity for apprenticeships and youth training within the construction sector.

 

CITB NI boosts Training Grants to £1.65million

Tuesday 24 Jul 2018
CITB NI have launched their new £1.65m training grants scheme and increased overall funds available by 30%.  This significant investment will help the local construction industry train in order to be safer, more efficient and more effective. Available from September 2018, the increased funding offers direct grants to registered employers for support in a wide range of training and qualifications for employees working in Northern Ireland.  The training is not limited to just the construction trades.

Grant Information Sessions 2019/2020 - 6 & 7 August 2019

Tuesday 24 Jul 2018
Are your company's training costs spiralling out of control? CITB NI can help.
Come along to 1 of our Grants Information Sessions and find out more about the new and improved CITB NI Grant Scheme for 2019/2020 which comes into force on 1st September.

CITB NI seeking Employer Support for General Construction Operative Training Programme

Monday 16 Jul 2018
CITB NI is launching a free programme to train 15 new or existing construction site operatives which will help:

  • Develop a skilled pool of labour – prepared for work
  • Employers fill skills gaps and shortages
  • Make recruiting new staff easier and simpler
 
The programme will provide training in 25 skill areas over 3 modules essential for the competent site operative.

CITB NI – helping the Construction Undergraduate prepare for the Workplace

Friday 06 Jul 2018
To work in the construction industry you need to be equipped with specific skills and information that relate to the workplace. CITB NI’s Undergraduate Development Programme develops skills which employers require for graduate level entry into the construction industry.
 
Commencing in November 2018 this programme covers:

  • Certificate in Controlling Health Risks – Construction (CCHR/C)
  • Craft Awareness – knowledge of onsite construction activities
  • Construction Project – practical element planning and delivering a project
  • Health & Safety – essential knowledge for the construction industry

Laying the Foundations for Mental Health in the NI Construction Industry Course

Friday 06 Jul 2018
CITB NI are working in partnership with  Mates in Mind to deliver a series of educational sessions in a bid to start raising awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing amongst Northern Ireland’s construction workforce.

Press clippings for May/June 2018

Thursday 05 Jul 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during May & June 2018.

Safety Nets for Managers (Inspection Training)

Wednesday 04 Jul 2018
Falls from heights remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and injuries in the construction industry today. Use of safety nets can reduce the risk but only if those safety nets have been installed and maintained correctly.

CITB NI is facilitating the delivery of a short training course which will provide participants with a certificate of competency for three years to inspect safety nets on site. Training will be delivered by G&M Safety Netting Ltd, a FASET accredited provider, and participants will learn to plan for and manage the installation of safety nets, and to identify faults and take remedial action.
 

CITB NI July Holidays

Wednesday 04 Jul 2018
The offices of CITB NI will be closing on Friday 5th July and will reopen on Monday 15th July 2019

Coming Soon your 2018 Annual Return Levy Form

Tuesday 03 Jul 2018
Your 2018 Annual Levy Return Form will be arriving with you week commencing 30th July 2018.
Deadline for receipt of the completed Return is 4pm on 31st August 2018.  Don't miss the deadline. Complete the Return Online Now.
Grant forms will not be printed this year but are available to download from our website or you can claim online. Grants will not be paid over the 2018/2019 training year if you miss the Levy Return Deadline.

Inspiring the Construction workforce of the future

Saturday 16 Jun 2018
CITB NI recognise that skills shortages and an aging workforce are putting the construction industry at risk.  CITB NI are working with employers, stakeholders and Government to promote career opportunities, generate awareness and review apprenticeship training standards in order to support the workforce of the local construction industry.

Apprenticeships are the lifeblood of the construction industry and we need employers to recruit and retain apprentices.  It is vital that the right training is in place to produce the highly-skilled workforce required and to help encourage more talented young people into construction.  CITB NI  have boosted the apprenticeship grants available to registered employers for those who take on apprentices and higher level apprentices.

Hertiage Angel Awards 2018 Deadline Extended

Thursday 07 Jun 2018

The Heritage Angel Awards aim to celebrate unsung heroes local heritage. Has a member of your staff went over & beyond working on a heritage project? Or maybe a young apprentice has excelled in their skills on a rescue or repair project.. Nominate now https://bit.ly/2jY8tEi

Recruiting Apprentices and Training Needs Analysis Workshop in partnership with Invest NI

Thursday 07 Jun 2018
This workshop will identify the different apprenticeships are available, the funding and how to recruit and retain an apprentice. It will also provide you with advice on upskilling your workforce via training needs analysis and how to increase productivity and improve the skills of your team through targetted training.

GDPR support for Construction Industry

Thursday 31 May 2018
With the GDPR coming into force on 25th May 2018 a lot of construction businesses are unsure if they are fully compliant. This seminar will help organisations understand the new data protection rules and the next steps they need to take.

Press clippings for April 2018

Thursday 17 May 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during April 2018

Advanced Tendering in the Public Sector Construction Workshop Wed 5 June

Thursday 17 May 2018
This workshop run in partnership with Intertrade Ireland is designed for construction businesses that are experienced in targetting (and winning) business in the public sector construction market in Ireland and Great Britain. The workshop will focus on idenitifying the large opportunities emerging in the public sector.

Advanced Digital Marketing & Social Media Workshop

Thursday 17 May 2018
This half day workshop is aimed at businesses which have already started digital marketing but want to accelerate their learning through practical and helpful insights, tools and tips. It is advanced level so previous experience of digital is required.

Employer Consultation on Apprenticeship Framework Reviews – Painting & Decorating, Plastering, Dryli

Thursday 17 May 2018
 
CITB NI is currently undertaking a review of the apprenticeship frameworks Painting & Decorating, Plastering, Drylining, Wall & Floor Tiling, and Stonemasonry.
 
The apprenticeship frameworks will set out the required standards, preferred assessment approach and qualifications for each occupation with the new apprenticeship frameworks being introduced on a phased basis starting in 2018 with migration expected to be completed by 2020.
 
As such we would like to invite you to discuss the apprenticeship frameworks to ensure that they meet the needs of employers and young people.
 
The views of employers are vital for informing the review of these apprenticeships, and we hope you can contribute to the discussion:

Press clippings for March/April 2019

Tuesday 15 May 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during March/April 2019.

Read our latest online Magazine

Tuesday 15 May 2018
Our latest Online Magazine brings you the latest news and views from CITB NI on Grants, training and Industry Reports.

Looking to hire a room for meeting, seminar or conference, look no further than CITB NI

Tuesday 15 May 2018
CITB NI offers a wide range of low cost room hire and conference facilities in an easily accessible location close to Belfast International Airport and the main motorway systems. 

Our rooms range in size and can accommodate from 3-4 people up to 100 plus they are suitable for interviews, meetings, courses and conferences.

 
With free Wi-fi and ample free parking CITB NI could be the ideal location for you.

Constructive Conservation - Working with Traditional Buildings Seminar

Monday 14 May 2018
CITB NI is working in partnership with the Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities to facilitate a free half day seminar for those interested in furthering their knowledge of current best practice on approaching work in heritage buildings - both designated and non designated.

Digital Marketing & Social Media Workshop 23 May 2018

Wednesday 25 Apr 2018
CITB NI's interactive and example led workshops will empower construction professionals to be able to begin effectively marketing their business online or take their marketing to the next level. Topics covered include developing a digitial strategy, developing a content plan for social media, basic analytical tools and tips on key digital channels.

Boost the Skills of your Workforce with Higher Level Apprentices

Thursday 19 Apr 2018
Do you want to boost the skills of your workforce? Consider Higher Level Apprenticeships and claim CITB NI grant.

NVQ 4 Construction Site Supervisor Development Programme

Wednesday 18 Apr 2018
Are you looking to develop your staff or yourself as a Site Supervisor and gain an NVQ 4 at the same time?
Do you already have supervisory responsibilities onsite and wish to achieve a formal qualification? This work-based qualification could be the one for you.

CITB NI Easter closure

Wednesday 18 Apr 2018
The offices of CITB NI will close on Friday 19th April 2019 and reopen on Monday 29th April 2019. We would like to wish you all Happy Easter

Press Clippings for March 2018

Tuesday 10 Apr 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during March 2018

Heritage Angel Awards Launched

Wednesday 04 Apr 2018

Applications will  open for the Heritage Angel Awards 2019 from the 2nd of April and will close on the 31st of May. During this time, Ulster Architectural Hertiage will be running roadshows across Northern Ireland to answer questions from applicants and offer information about the awards process.

CITB NI and HSENI Small Builders Seminar on 16th April 2019

Monday 26 Mar 2018
Small Builders Workshop
 
HSENI and CITB NI are pleased to be running a joint seminar on Tuesday 16th April 2019. The seminar will provide information for those responsible for smaller construction projects and their clients.

Talented young construction Apprentices shine at Skillbuild NI 2018

Monday 26 Mar 2018
Over 70 local construction apprentices gathered their tools to compete against each other in the annual Skillbuild NI National Finals which was held in North West Regional College, Greystone Campus, Limavady on 23rd March 2018.
 
Skillbuild NI is organised by CITB NI and supported by the Department for the Economy and helps to assist with maintaining and raising the status and standards of professional and technical education and training.
 
The competition is held annually each spring with many winners progressing further to represent Northern Ireland in the Skills Show UK and potentially at WorldSkills and is also supported by local construction employers who sponsor each trade category 
 
The Skillbuild NI competition is designed to test skills, technique and ability within tight timeframes in order to win coveted titles in 10 different trades ranging from brickwork to wall and floor tiling.

CITB NI, along with six other Partners in European Collaboration win European Horizon 2020 Energy pr

Friday 16 Mar 2018
Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI) in partnership with Belfast Met and other European project partners from Ireland, Portugal, Croatia and Macedonia have secured a €1.25M (£1.11m) Horizon 2020 grant to develop BIMcert  - a training model and toolkit to help all levels of the industry take their first, or next, step to working with BIM. Building Information Modelling has become a key requirement in the built environment, where all relevant information is created and managed through the lifecycle of a construction project and where digital and virtual reality technology can be used to provide information on every aspect of the project.  It is a significant tool in the development of better energy efficiency in the construction and ongoing management of our built environment.

CITB NI host Skillbuild NI Finals at Belfast Met

Monday 12 Mar 2018
The annual student construction competition SkillBuild NI will return to Belfast Met’s Castlereagh campus on March 22.
 The event, which is run by CITB NI, attracts top local apprentices from across Northern Ireland who go head to head in a bid to win in categories such as wall and floor tiling and brickwork.
The winners may then go on to represent Northern Ireland in the Skillbuild or Skill M&E UK National Finals and potentially the UK at WorldSkills.
 

FREE Training on Mobile Training Unit

Wednesday 07 Mar 2018
Are you a construction employer and registered with CITB NI? If you have paid your levy and reached your grant cap and still have training to complete, you can still access FREE training on our Mobile Training Unit.

Press Clippings for February 2018

Wednesday 07 Mar 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during February 2018.

Essential Telephone Maintenance Wednesday 6th March

Tuesday 06 Mar 2018
On Wednesday 6th March 2019 CITB NI will be undergoing essential telephone maintenance on the network. This will result in no telephone service available. If you need to contact us please do so on the following email addresses.

info@citbni.org.uk
levy@citbni.org.uk
grants @citbni.org.uk

North West Regional College to host Skillbuild NI Finals

Monday 05 Mar 2018
The best of young talent in the Construction Industry will go to head to head at North West Regional College (NWRC) for the finals of Skillbuild NI on March 23.
 
Skillbuild NI, run and governed by the Construction Industry and Training Board Northern Ireland (CITBNI), is held annually each spring with the region’s top local construction apprentices competing to win coveted titles in disciplines ranging from Brickwork to Wall and Floor Tiling.

Credit Control & Cyber Security Seminar

Wednesday 28 Feb 2018
CITB NI's next Business Improvement Seminar will focus on credit control and Cyber Security. Key topics covered will be understanding credit control, cost control, pricing, chasing payments and dealing with difficult customers as well as focusing on Cyber Security and how to protect your business from cyber attacks.

Slow but sustained growth predicted for local construction sector

Monday 12 Feb 2018
The recovery in the Northern Ireland construction industry continued last year, with an estimated rise in output of 11% to just under £2.9bn in 2015 prices which was the best outturn since 2008 according to the Construction Skills Network (CSN) report, the UK’s most comprehensive and up to date sector forecast.
 
The public housing sector remained buoyant with a third consecutive year of double-digit output increases, and robust growth was seen in the private housing and commercial construction sectors.
 
Almost inevitably after a period of strong recovery, output growth is projected to slow over the next few years, and average 0.5% a year over the 2018 to 2022 period, but sustain a level not far short of £3bn (2015 prices), the best performance since 2008. The engines of expansion are expected to be the housing (public and private) and repair & maintenance (R&M) sectors.

Are you involved in the Built Heritage Sector? We would love to hear from you

Friday 09 Feb 2018
CITB NI is seeking employers who are involved in the built heritage sector in Northern Ireland to participate in a face to face survey (approx. 1 hour) or online survey (approximately 20 mins) to update the skills requirements element of The Traditional Building Craft Skills Report, a skills needs analysis of the built heritage sector, published in 2009 (links to full and summary reports below).  This report has not been reviewed since its publication and in order to get a better understanding of the skills gaps and shortages in the built heritage sector which may impact on the restoration and maintenance of heritage buildings we are conducting a number of face-to-face interviews and an online survey of key stakeholders.
 

Press Clippings for January 2018

Monday 05 Feb 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during January 2018

CITB NI Celebrate Construction winners at Annual CIOB Awards

Monday 29 Jan 2018
CITB NI hosted another successful Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Lecture and Awards evening at Nutts Corner Training Centre acknowledging local students in their professional exams in 2017.
The presentation focused on the exceptional work by GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership for the £85m Ulster Hospital Phase B2 Inpatient Ward Block which was awarded the overall winner at the Construction Excellence Awards 2017.

CITB NI award top GCSE Construction Success

Saturday 27 Jan 2018
CITB NI recognised those who got top accolades in GCSE Construction and the Built Environment in 2017 at the Annual Chartered Institute of Building Awards held at Nutts Corner Training Centre.

Local Construction Success at Annual CIOB Awards

Wednesday 24 Jan 2018
CITB NI hosted another successful Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Lecture and Awards evening at Nutts Corner Training Centre acknowledging local students in their professional exams in 2018.

Employer Consultation: Apprenticeship Frameworks – Carpentry & Joinery, Wood Machining & Bricklaying

Thursday 18 Jan 2018
CITB NI is currently undertaking a review of the apprenticeship frameworks Carpentry and Joinery, Wood Machining, and Bricklaying, having gained approval to proceed from the Built Environment Sector Partnership and the Department for the Economy.
 
The apprenticeship frameworks will set out the required standards, preferred assessment approach and qualifications for each occupation with the new apprenticeship frameworks being introduced on a phased basis starting in 2018 with migration expected to be completed by 2020.
 
As such we would like to invite you to discuss the apprenticeship frameworks to ensure that they meet the needs of employers and young people.
 
The views of employers are vital for informing the review of these apprenticeships, and we hope you can contribute to the discussion:
 

Undergraduate Development Programme - revised and updated for 2018

Wednesday 17 Jan 2018
This newly updated 8 day programme assists students undertaking part time or full time Degree, HND of Foundation Degree's relating to construction and the built environment.

Important Notice: 2017 Annual Return Form

Tuesday 16 Jan 2018
Are you one of the CITB NI employers who has not completed and returned the 2017 Annual Return Form? If so, CITB NI has recently written to you to advise of the consequences for not completing the Return which is a legal requirement.

Please ensure that you have completed and returned your 2017 Annual Return Form and return it to CITB NI before 31 January 2018 or you may miss out on the opportunity to confirm whether or not you are required to pay a levy to CITB NI.

Press clippings for December 2018

Sunday 14 Jan 2018
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during December 2018

New Date - Leadership in Construction: Managing & Securing Financial Resources Mon 5th March 2018

Friday 12 Jan 2018
As business leaders or those aspiring to that role, it is critical that you are given the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills you need to effectively lead, develop and grow your business.

CITB NI has developed a short course programme which will develop those skills.

Important notice regarding CITB NI telephones on Wed 9 Jan 2019

Monday 08 Jan 2018
Due to essential staff training the telephones will be off line on Wednesday 9th January 2019 from 9:30am-4:30pm.

If your query urgent please email one of the following: 
General: info@citbni.org.uk, Grants: grants@citbni.org.uk, Levy: levy@citbni.org.uk

Merry Christmas

Monday 18 Dec 2017
The offices of CITB NI will close on Friday 21 December 2018 and re open on Wednesday 2 January 2019. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Press Clippings for November 2018

Tuesday 12 Dec 2017
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during November 2018.

Scam Alert

Friday 01 Dec 2017
We’ve all heard of scams from the news etc and some of us have either been victims of these or know someone who’s fallen victim to them. It seems there’s always someone out there trying to take advantage of people.
CITB NI has recently been advised that a telephone caller claiming to be from the County Court Office is contacting companies that have had Judgements made against them claiming to be collecting the debt. They are able to do this because once a judgement has been made against a debtor the information is in the public domain.

Event Empowers Girls To Get Into Construction

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017
CITB NI and WOMEN’STEC hosted 60 female pupils plus their teachers from schools around Northern Ireland at a Girls into Construction event today / yesterday. The event was strongly supported by the industry with around 10 companies and self-employed individuals involved including Gilbert-Ash Ltd, Graham-Bam Healthcare Partnership, Arup, Consarc, White Ink, Translink Infrastructure Department, and William & Henry Alexander (Civil Engineering) Limited.

Professional Recognition Award - Presentation Wed 6th December 2017

Monday 20 Nov 2017
CITB NI in association with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) is promoting professional qualifications currently available to all Northern Ireland construction businesses.

BIMcert Focus Group/Reality Check Workshop

Sunday 29 Oct 2017
This workshop will cover a project overview, the importance of BIM in sustainability and energy efficiency, industry survey results and showcasing the training approach for BIM content and processes.

Levy Return Deadline - Appeals Process

Wednesday 25 Oct 2017
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