Tenders for the provision of Construction Training 2024/2025

Highland Construction Training Group are currently preparing tender documentation for the provision of construction training courses.

Experienced Training Companies, who wish to be considered for the tender, are asked to express an interest via our email info@hctg.net before 12:00 noon on 29 March 2024.

The expression of interest should provide a one page summary of the Companies training experience which will be assessed to create a final tender list.

Tender documents will be issued early April 2023 and are required back by the Friday 26th April 2024.


CITB Roadshow Event; Aberdeen Wednesday 6th March

By attending this roadshow, you will meet CITB staff who can support you with specific queries about your business or CITB registration, apprenticeship, or signpost to local networks such as employer networks or training groups. There will be presentations from external speakers from the local council, HSE, Developing Young Workforce and others. There will be various marketplace stands available for the duration of the event, for you to get the full benefit by asking people the questions you want answering during the coffee break and over lunch.

Wednesday 6th March 2024 Madri Lounge, Pittodrie Stadium, AB24 5QH at 10am

CITB Scotland North East Roadshow Employer Event Tickets, Wed, Mar 6, 2024 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

OPEN DOORS 2024 – 18 – 23 March 2024

Open Doors 2024 is now just over a month away and will see hundreds of events taking place across Great Britain from Monday 18 – Saturday 23 March.

Open Doors is a unique chance for students and career changers to see construction in action and learn more about the 180 careers available across the industry. You can now book your visits across all types of construction sites, as well as training and manufacturing facilities, depots, offices, virtual reality and online events.

Construction needs to recruit almost 50,000 new entrants per year just to maintain current output, with staff shortages affecting multiple areas of the industry, and promoting Open Doors is your opportunity to contribute to the recruitment of the next generation. Logos and promotional graphics are available to download, alongside the key messages for sharing with your networks.

We currently have over 200 sites across Great Britain and over 2,000 bookings, but are keen to maximise these numbers before the week itself. Open Doors is run in partnership with CITB and therefore we would really appreciate the help of the Training Group network to promote visit opportunities.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 4-8 March 2024

Scottish Apprenticeship week is fast approaching.

Apprenticeships.scot has lots of useful resources available and more information on events in the area and how you can get involved.

visit their website at www.apprenticeships.scot/events/scottish-apprenticeship-week

CITB Plant Standards and Grants changes update

End of year update on the planned changes to the plant standards and grants which will standardise training and testing requirements across the construction industry.

It is now estimated that the changes will come into effect in Spring 2023. We need to allow enough time for the necessary training delivery and quality assurance to be put in place ahead of roll out in this safety critical area.

Excellent progress has been made and we can confirm that the first set of new plant training standards are ready and have been developed in collaboration with industry working groups made up of employers, providers and federations. As these new standards are more detailed than any CITB have produced previously and represent a real change in the way that plant training and testing is delivered, we need to ensure that the changes that industry have asked for are fulfilled properly.

A further update about the progress and planned launch date of the new standards will be shared in the new year.

Further information on the planned changes can be found on the CITB website: Plant Standards and Grant

Aled Hughes
Plant Project Manager

CITB Report on new approaches to recruitment in the Construction Industry

Today we are publishing our comprehensive study on new approaches to recruitment in the construction industry. The report highlights the opportunities for industry to increase the number and diversity of the people it recruits. Additionally, the research provides a view on the attraction of a career in construction and explores the perceptions and image of the industry from those working inside and outside the sector. Click below to read the report.


Business Plan


I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far. Today’s email details the publication of our business plan, the reinstatement of our plant grant, the Construction Leadership Council’s People Survey, and a reminder to have your say in our Levy consultation.

Business Plan

This week we have published our Business Plan, and with it practical solutions to support people into our sector while retaining talent, ensuring access to the  training that is needed across the industry, where it’s needed.

We’ve listened to your views and will use your Levy money to focus on fewer initiatives, making sure they deliver the greatest value and impact. By focussing on these areas, we’ll enable a wide range of people to choose construction, and to develop their skills throughout their career, making sure employers can access they skills they need. We’ll be investing the equivalent of 94p from every pound of Levy we collect next year through direct funding, or other services that benefit construction businesses – turning your Levy in, into the right skills.

Next week we’ll release our Nations Plans, which go into more detail about the priority activities in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can read our full business plan by clicking here.

Grants Scheme and Additional Plant-Related Vocational Qualification Unit Grant reinstatement

Our Grants Scheme for this year begins Thursday 1 April and all Grants Scheme rates remain the same as last year.

Following discussions with you, we have reinstated the Additional Plant-Related Vocational Qualification Unit Grant, withdrawn in September 2020 as part of our response to the impact of Covid-19. When the scheme opens, you can apply for £600 for each full qualification, (up to a maximum of four per level, per individual), with a further three plant related qualifications at £300 each available at Level 2.

Applications for last year (from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) must be submitted by Wednesday 30 June. We will also be working to identify applications that were received while the grant had been removed to ensure no one is disadvantaged. You can find out more about available grants and how to apply here on our Grants and Funding page.

Construction Leadership Council’s People Survey

The Construction Leadership Council has launched its latest industry-wide People Survey which will measure the impact of coronavirus on the construction sector and its workforce one year on. Previous surveys helped to secure a range of support for the sector, including funding for the Construction Talent Retention Scheme.  Your views make a difference, and will help CITB and others direct support effectively, so please spare just ten minutes to complete the online survey. The deadline for responses is Friday 16 April and all information provided will be confidential with no company details required.

Don’t forget to have your say on our Levy proposals

A reminder that our consultation on the Levy Proposals 2022-25 is open until Sunday 11 April. CITB registered employers can have their say on the way we raise the Levy for the next three years, and give feedback on our plans for supporting construction recovery at www.citb.co.uk/levyconsultation

Best wishes and stay safe everyone,

Sarah Beale

Chief Executive

Weekly News Update – Levy consultation, Scottish National Apprenticeship week & more

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone is enjoying their week so far. Today’s email details the launch of our Levy consultation, an overview of Scottish National Apprenticeship week, and how next week we’ll be celebrating women in construction.

Have your say on our Levy proposals

Monday saw the opening of consultation into our Levy proposals, in which we’re suggesting a return to pre-Covid rates in the way we raise the Levy for the next three years. We’re asking for your feedback on our plans to help get our sector back on its feet and play a leading role in the country’s economic recovery.

Following our decision to apply a 50% Levy rate for this year, we’re now proposing returning to 2019 levels from 2022. CITB will support smaller employers even further this year by increasing the threshold, making an extra 5,000 of them exempt from paying the Levy. You can get full details on our proposals by clicking here.

CITB Levy registered employers can take part in our consultation, which runs until Sunday 11 April, by clicking here. You can also register for one of our virtual events explaining our proposals by clicking here.

Consensus will take place from Monday 14 June to Sunday 15 August, with more information available by clicking here. As we’re in a Census year, it’s also worth nothing that our CITB Consensus is in no way related to this year’s national Census.

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

This week is Scottish Apprenticeship Week, with a variety of events and engagement opportunities taking place throughout the country to encourage young people into our industry.

If you’ve got any examples from your business, we’d love to hear them. It was great to share this news of a 21-year-old painter/decorator who followed in the footsteps of his boss – and his boss’s boss – to be a Drumchapel business’s third nominee for Apprentice of the Year at Glasgow lyde College’s Anniesland Campus in the West End! Please do let us know of similar stories, so we can share the great examples of where apprentices are helping your business.

You can get involved by downloading campaign resources by clicking here, and using the #ScotAppWeek21 and #BusinessBackingTalent on your social media stories. You can share your businesses apprenticeship opportunities by clicking here.

Women in Construction Week

Next week we’ll be joining the industry in celebrating the contribution of women to our sector as part of Women in Construction Week. The focus is on highlighting the contribution women make to our industry, and raise awareness of the opportunities available as we look to give construction employers a wider pool of potential recruits to choose from.

We’ll be sharing case studies and asking you to get in touch with any that you may have. Role models are a great example of showing young women that construction can be the industry for them.

A reminder…  

CITB’s COVID-19 Urgent Messages page is refreshed regularly and includes updates on the full range of our work. You can also read the range of support measures made available to UK businesses and employees by the UK Government.


Best wishes and stay safe everyone,


Sarah Beale

Chief Executive

Position of Group Training Officer

Highland Construction Training Group would like to invite prospective Company’s to tender for the Group Training Office role within HCTG.  Could you please express an interest via our email info@hctg.net before 12:00 on 19th March 2021

Weekly News Update – Levy consultation, virtual events & more

The pandemic continues to dominate the news, so it’s good news that each country’s roadmap away from lockdown is becoming clearer and we have the positive news about the vaccine rollout.

In this week’s bulletin you’ll find information about the launch of consultation into how CITB raises its levy, including how to register for virtual events. There’s also a summary of what happened during National Apprenticeship Week (England and Wales) and a preview of next week’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week (1-5 March).

Have your say on how the levy is raised

CITB are the custodians of the Industry’s Levy. We collect this from all but the smallest construction employers and use it to invest in the skills and training construction needs – both right now and what will be needed in the future. We work closely with government to influence funding and policy, and partner with industry to prioritise our work; providing funding direct to employers and a range of other services to help attract new talent and retain and skill construction workers.

Last year employers made it clear that we should focus on supporting them through the pandemic and postponed the Consensus exercise. This year employers will be assessed at a reduced rate, whilst we continue to maximise the support we provide to employers.

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.

While views are sought on the draft Levy Proposals, CITB has also assessed the areas of greatest need for developing skills in the sector and will be testing the top 10 that our evidence suggests. CITB will enhance funding and support to these areas, which include skills gaps, jobs shortages, and the industry’s environmental impact.

Consensus and the Levy: virtual events for employers

Levy registered employers can take part in the consultation from Monday 1 March to Sunday 11 April at www.citb.co.uk/levyconsultation. Employers can register for virtual events at www.citb.co.uk/spring2021events.

Once feedback on the draft Levy Proposals is in, the Consensus exercise will take place from Monday 14 June to Sunday 15 August, with more information available at:


National Apprenticeship Week: raising awareness of the construction industry

The construction industry will need to create the equivalent of an estimated 350,000 new roles by 2028 if the government is to meet its target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It is essential that the sector attracts, trains, and retains the workers it needs to ensure growth, which was one of the aims behind National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February).

42,590 users engaged with the new Go Construct website, of which 4,725 were sent on to jobs and apprenticeship websites. We also had 25 industry organisations reference Go Construct as an information source for potential recruits. Visit the Go Construct website to read and watch some inspiring apprentice case studies!

Business Backing Talent: Scottish Apprenticeship Week (1-5 March)

Now excitement turns to Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 which will run next week (1-5 March). This year’s theme is Business Backing Talent to showcase the great benefits of taking on an apprentice. Of 30,000 apprentices learning in Scotland almost a third are in construction, even though the sector represents just 8% of all jobs.

CITB have worked with Developing the Young Workforce to create Build Your Future, a suite of virtual career resources, launching 1 March to coincide with Scottish Apprenticeship Week, and in support of International Women’s Day. Throughout the week, you can access helpful career insight covering innovation, trades and apprenticeships, women in construction, professionals in construction, and collaboration in construction.

Educators and parents/carers can choose to work through all of the resources in the pack, insert them into lessons, or support their young people to learn about the industry in bite-sized chunks. You can get involved and find the resources on the DYW website.

A reminder… 

CITB’s COVID-19 Urgent Messages page is refreshed regularly and includes updates on the full range of our work. You can also read the range of support measures made available to UK businesses and employees by the UK Government.

Best wishes and stay safe everyone,

Sarah Beale

Chief Executive