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Wednesday 01 Apr 2020
CITB NI – Information to Federations. & all registered companies

CITB GB has announced that they are deferring issuing this year’s Levy invoices.  To avoid confusion, I would like to outline the measures being taken in GB and those being implemented in NI.
I would also like to keep you up to date with the work and considerations we are undertaking here at CITB NI.   

Updated Information on CISRS Cards & Courses

Tuesday 31 Mar 2020
Latest Message from CISRS 

With the acceleration of the coronavirus situation over the last few days we fully understand that some CISRS training centres including CITB NI are starting to cancel/reschedule courses.

CITB NI – Updated Message for our customers

Thursday 26 Mar 2020
In accordance with Government directives, CITB NI will close its office and staff will be working from home.  We will attempt as far as possible to continue with the essential work we do to support the industry, however the response times may be longer than normal. 

Help/Advice for Construction Companies during COVID-19 crisis

Thursday 26 Mar 2020

Some helpful websites and advice which may help construction companies during these turbulent times. We will keep information updated as and when things change.


Sunday 22 Mar 2020
CITB NI, the Industry Training Board for the construction industry, and CITB NI Women in Construction Network has hosted their inaugural Women in Construction NI Summit in Belfast, Thursday 5 March 2020.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> With a view to inspiring change and shattering stereotypes the Women in Construction NI Summit was a full day of inspirational stories, business advice and career development for women currently working in the construction industry, those thinking of joining and for employers who support diversity or best practice in the industry. It also provided thought-provoking tips on career management, helped identify role models and provided an opportunity to expand professional networks.<br /> &nbsp;

Mental & Physical health conditions can keep construction workers out of work. CMP might help

Thursday 19 Mar 2020
CMP is currently being offered, as part of a work related health pilot , to help those in construction who are self-employed or working for a small company, employing less than 10.

The main aim of this service will be to enable individuals with mental or physical health conditions to continue to work i.e. stay in work, return to work if on sick leave, or explore future employment/ retraining options.

Once an individual contacts the service arrangements will be made for a healthcare professional to carry out an initial assessment, with a tailor made/individual action plan being developed and agreed.

Adopt a School

Tuesday 03 Mar 2020
CITB NI is looking for construction companies to participate in the CITB NI ‘Adopt a School’ scheme that will provide opportunities for employers to engage with post primary schools in either their local or work areas.

By getting involved you will be engaging with prospective employees and their influencers and telling them about the benefits of a career in construction.

Emerging Technologies for Schools - NI Apprenticeship Week

Wednesday 12 Feb 2020
As part of NI Apprenticeship Week 2020, CITB NI were delighted to host  4 interactive Emerging technologies workshops in partnership with Digital Catapult NI for 5 Post Primary schools  who offer GCSE construction covering key areas of emerging technology and exploring the adoption and impact of these within the construction industry. The students learnt all about virtual reality and artificial intelligence and how these can be used to progress projects within the construction industry.


Press Clippings for December to January 2019/20

Tuesday 11 Feb 2020
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during December 2019 to January 2020.

Modern Techniques for Dealing with Contaminated Land Workshop

Tuesday 11 Feb 2020
Are you aware of invasive weeds and their impact on the construction sector? Are you dealing with hazardous land?
CITB NI have arranged four half day awareness raising sessions on invasive weeds and hazardous land to support the industry.

Cyber Security & GDPR Awareness Training

Monday 03 Feb 2020
This awareness session will help you understand the new regulations in the context of your sector and embrace data protection and cyber security best practice.

Tendering in the Public Sector Construction Market

Tuesday 28 Jan 2020
A workshop designed for construction businesses who are in the early stages of targeting, or considering targeting, the Public Sector construction market in Ireland, NI or Britain.

Construction Accolades at Annual Building Awards

Tuesday 28 Jan 2020
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 2019.
The lecture was presented by Graham Construction focused on the delivery and construction of The Grand Central Hotel.
Success was the theme of the evening as certificates were awarded to 25 candidates who successfully passed their CIOB examinations last year through QTAS and Training LMS training organisations. Andrew Hatton who trained through LMS was presented with the Best Overall Performance Award for his results in the CMP programme in 2019.

FREE Mental Health & Well Being Training

Tuesday 28 Jan 2020
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.

Legislative Changes Awareness Training

Wednesday 22 Jan 2020
Gain an understanding of the main changes to construction legislation and contracts over the last few years.

CITB NI launch brand new Mobile Training Unit for the local Construction Industry

Wednesday 15 Jan 2020
CITB NI have launched a brand new, state of the art Mobile Training Unit to help facilitate construction training, education and careers promotion for the Northern Ireland construction industry.

The unit will provide short duration training such as manual handling, working at heights and general health & safety on site to CITB NI registered employers, meaning minimum disruption to work whilst also helping employers train their staff.

Advanced Digital Marketing & Social Media Workshop

Thursday 05 Dec 2019
This workshop is for Business Owners, Marketing Managers, Sales and Brand Managers who wish to increase online engagement and conversion and automate digital marketing to yield a higher return.

Press Clippings Oct/Nov 2019

Tuesday 03 Dec 2019
A summary of CITB NI news which appeared in the press during October/November 2019.

Success at World Skills UK Live 2019

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019
The UK's best young apprentices and students were crowned the nations' No.1 in a glittering ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday 23 November 2019.

Skills NI 2019

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019
As part of the ongoing careers strategy CITB NI promoted construction as a career at the Skills Northern Ireland event held on 20 & 21 November at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast. The CITB NI stand gave young people the opportunity to construct a roof, build a staircase and find out which role in construction was suited to them.

Are you interested in surveying & levelling courses?

Monday 25 Nov 2019
CITB NI are considering providing practical and theoretical surveying and levelling courses under their Training in Partnership Grant Fund.
These courses will be held at CITB NI’s facility at Nutts Corner near Crumlin, and will be of one, two or three days duration.

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.

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.

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
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.


Wednesday 13 Mar 2019

Introductory Digital Marketing & Socal Media workshop

Monday 11 Mar 2019
The workshop will provide information on how to build and mea