New Chairman of CITB Industry Reaction
Build UK’s Chief Executive, Susannah Nichole MBE welcomes new chair Peter Lauener of the Construction Industry Training Board CIT. In addition Brian Berry Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders encourages the new CITB chairman to be more representative of the construction sector.
“We are delighted that Peter Lauener has been appointed as the new Chair of CITB. Peter’s deep knowledge of skills, from leading the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the Institute for Apprenticeships and a range of other Government Agencies will be of huge benefit to the industry. Build UK looks forward to working with Peter and Sarah Beale to deliver a more efficient and effective CITB, as voted for by our members in the recent consensus process.
We would like to thank James Wates for his dedication and commitment to CITB since 2003, and his leadership as Chairman over the last eight years.”
CITB Must be more representative says Federation of Master Builders
In response to the announcement of new chair Peter Lauener, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have deemed it to be high priority to reform the CITB board so it is more representative of the whole construction section.
Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB had the following to say regarding the appointment:
“Peter Lauener will be leading the CITB at a crucial time for the construction industry. Skills shortages have never been so pronounced and with less than one year until Brexit, addressing these shortages is a priority for employers. Following last year’s contentious CITB consensus process, Peter will need to show bold vision in order to deliver successfully the reform agenda. His previous roles with the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Department for Education should give Peter the right mix of skills and experience to navigate these challenges and we look forward to working with him.”
Berry concluded: “In his new role, we urge Peter to make it his mission to make the CITB Board more representative of the entire construction sector. This is starting to happen with the addition of one SME representative but we want the CITB to go much further. The CITB Board currently only has one person from an SME firm and that person is a Human Resources professional rather than someone with an SME contractor background. SME firms make up 98% of the construction industry and train two-thirds of all apprentices. It is therefore right that this is reflected at Board level with at least half of its members being SME contractor representatives. If we get the governance structure right, the CITB will automatically start to better reflect the needs of small construction firms and therefore the needs of the industry as a whole.”