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Jobs retained in Norfolk through CITB sale of CPCS scheme to NOCN Group

CITB has agreed to sell its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group, one of the sector’s largest Awarding Organisations (AO). The sale will include the retention of all CPCS-related jobs in Norfolk, as well as all CPCS-related mobile roles.

The move comes as part of CITB’s Vision 2020 programme of reform to better meet the demands of British construction. CITB will take on a more strategic and influential role focusing on securing the right training mix, high standards and quality assurance, building employer confidence in the market.

The CPCS provides skills cards to individual workers involved in the …

NPORS Cards Wrongly Turned Away From Site

CSCS Recently Received Reports That Holders Of NPORS Cards Have Had Workers Turned Away From Site Because Their Cards Were Not Considered To Be Approved By CSCS.

The content below was taken from the media section on the CSCS website and can be viewed using this link

Most people in construction are familiar with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards. It’s the card that provides proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site.
However, not everyone is aware that there are over 30 different card schemes displaying …

CITB statement on CPCS scheme

As part of the Vision 2020 programme of reform, CITB is divesting its cards schemes to other suitable providers, including the CPCS scheme.

CITB is pleased to share that NOCN has been selected as preferred bidder for the CPCS scheme. 

If the sale progresses successfully, NOCN are proposing the creation of an independent subsidiary as part of their overall approach to the purchase and delivery of the CPCS scheme. The process now moves into a stage of due diligence and negotiations between CITB and NOCN.

CITB employees affected by these changes will be kept updated on what this means for …

£22m fund launched to boost construction skills

A multi-million pound fund to help tackle the construction skills shortage has been launched by UK Government Skills Minister Anne Milton today (18 June).

The £22m Construction Skills Fund will bring training to construction sites – allowing learners to apply their knowledge in a real-world environment.

This will help meet the needs of employers and tackle the construction skills shortage, while also supporting those who want to join the industry, particularly adult learners.

The 18-month scheme is funded by the Department for Education and will be administered by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

CITB is now calling on employers, …


In a bulletin released on 13th February 2018, CPCS stated that ‘a review was undertaken on the category due to the nature in which slew types have evolved since the Telescopic Handler category was first introduced many years ago.

As a result of a review of the endorsement for Telescopic Handler All Sizes inc 360 slew (A17D), CPCS are pleased to announce a new stand-a-lone category of Telescopic Handler 360º Slew (A77), which is now incorporated within the Scheme and will be available from 28 March 2018.

The review was undertaken due to the nature in which the slew types …

Industry-supported new CITB Training Model launches

A transformative new system to access training and grant from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has been launched today (3 April).

The new Training Model and Grants Scheme is a central feature of CITB’s Vision 2020 programme, delivered on time and on budget as the training body becomes more responsive and accountable to the industry it serves.

The Training Model is broken down into three parts:

Construction Training Directory – where employers can find the right training, in the right place, at the right time. This is supported by Grant from CITB quality assured training providers, focused on construction …

CITB in Bircham Newton talks

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is sitting down with local politicians and industry leaders in Norfolk next month to discuss the future of its Bircham Newton training centre. What’s to become of Bircham Newton?

Talks are being held to find a way to keep Bircham Newton alive as a construction training facility after the CITB’s withdrawal.

The meeting will be chaired by King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council. Attendees will include Chris Starkie, chief executive of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Saul Humphrey, director at Morgan Sindall and chairman of the LEP’s Building Growth board, and local …

CITB hands in notice to CSCS

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has handed in its notice to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. Above: Who ya gonna call? Not CITB for much longer…

CITB has had a contract for the past 20 years with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) to provide card administration services, looking after customers and processing applications. Each year the CITB process more than 400,000 card applications and one million contact centre enquiries on behalf of CSCS.

However, following its recent existential crisis CITB has decided that it not only does not want to deliver training any more, it also does not …

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