Modern, accessible and focused – CITB seeks new head office location

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will now actively seek a new head office location in Peterborough to help bring its customers and colleagues closer together, it was announced today (4 July).

Chief Executive Sarah Beale and her Executive team, with the full support of the CITB Board, led by new Chair Peter Lauener, believe that Peterborough is the right location to establish a head office equipped to meet the future needs of the business.

The move follows calls from British construction firms through last year’s consensus process and from Government, through the ITB review, for CITB to radically change the way it does business and is part of a wider plan announced in November 2017.

The establishment of a single head office will see CITB move from a large estate with functions spread across 11 sites throughout Great Britain including Bircham Newton in Norfolk, being brought together to create a single, modern head office. 

CITB will begin to look at suitable office space within Peterborough, with the aim of signing a lease later this year, with the move completed by January 2020.

Peterborough is the preferred location as a diverse city with a strong local talent pool, a generous supply of modern, sustainable office facilities, supported by excellent road and rail transport links. It will enable the business to connect more easily with its customers across England, Scotland and Wales. Peterborough is also the closest, centrally located city to CITB’s Bircham Newton site to maximise business continuity which is in the interests of CITB and colleagues.

CITB will continue to consult with the Unions and elected employee representatives and particularly with the aim of reducing redundancies and mitigating the impact of the changes. However, in the absence of any stronger alternative proposal, CITB will look to establish its head office in Peterborough.

Sarah Beale, Chief Executive at CITB, said: “This is a necessary step for CITB. British construction firms pay their levy and rightly expect high-quality skills as a result.  The creation of a single head office will bring us closer to our customers and create the right environment to ensure that CITB delivers the ‘levy in, skills out’ focus that industry and Government have demanded.

“As a GB-wide organisation, it is vital that we are better connected to our customers so that we can reach important partners – including construction firms – more easily providing a flexible workspace which can accommodate a highly mobile workforce. Our new head office will also be designed to suit the size and mission of the organisation that CITB will become.  

“The Vision 2020, Future CITB programme is designed to secure the long-term future of CITB; which was by no means certain before the last consensus vote. However we are mindful of the impact these reforms has on colleagues and this decision will not be taken lightly.

“For a number of us who work at CITB, this change will be a challenge as well as an opportunity.  Peterborough was selected as the preferred location with colleagues, as well as customers, in mind as it offers the greatest potential to reduce redundancies, therefore retaining some talented colleagues, whilst meeting our future needs.  We will be working with Unions and elected employee representatives to ensure their views are heard throughout the change process.”

Peter Lauener, Chair of CITB, said: “CITB has embarked on a radical transformation programme which will deliver the skills British construction needs.  To do this, we will need to become a more flexible, dynamic organisation, working in partnership with employers in all parts of Great Britain and setting the standards for future skills.

“Part of that change will mean establishing a new head office in a more central location such as Peterborough where access to other parts of GB will be easier. 

“Meanwhile Sarah Beale and I are committed to doing everything we can to maximise the development of the CITB’s site in Bircham Newton and thereby leave a lasting legacy for the local community and the economy of North Norfolk.”