HBF said that other construction federations were likely to give CITB enough support for its levy proposals for it to continue its work. However, in terms of the total levy paid by housebuilders responding to the vote, 89% voted against it remaining the lead body for construction training, rejecting its proposals. Every three years, CITB is asked by the secretary of state to show that it has continued support from the construction industry, known as a Consensus.
HBF explained that “for some years”, the housebuilding industry’s frustration with CITB had been increasing, with critics questioning its ability to deliver the training requirements unique to the sector.
With the wider construction industry likely to vote for CITB’s continuation, HBF said housebuilders were now keen to work with the body to “drive the truly radical change needed within the organisation to address the concerns the vote has exposed.”
Housebuilding’s response to the Consensus comes ahead of the launch of the Home Building Skills Partnership’s Home Building Skills Pledge at the Housing Market Intelligence conference on Thursday (October 5).
The Skills Pledge commits companies to working together and with subcontractors to recruit and train more people “to the highest industry-agreed standards”, HBF said. It added that all of HBF’s larger members had signed up to the Pledge as well as a growing number of SME members.
HBF’s executive chairman Stewart Baseley said: “Housebuilders desperately need a training body focused on its requirements with which it can work closely to develop training regimes that are easily accessible to companies large and small. We hope this will be the wake-up call CITB needs to drive root and branch change through its entire organisation.”