CITB funds new anti-slavery training programme

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will fund a new initiative designed to stamp out modern day slavery in the construction industry.

The project, developed by Willmott Dixon, was successful in its bid for £18,500 from CITB’s Flexible and Structured fund.

Funding will be used to help construction firms and the supply chain to identify illegal workers and trafficking activities through a serious of ‘Right to Work’ training videos. According to the Home Office, 53 potential victims of trafficking into construction were referred to the authorities in 2013, but slavery’s hidden nature means actual numbers are likely to be much higher. Businesses already have an obligation to make training about slavery and human trafficking available to staff under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and penalties for non-compliance are severe. Around 1,000 construction businesses are expected benefit from these videos.

Eleven other projects, based in England and Scotland, have also been awarded over £800,000 from CITB in this latest round of Flexible and Structured funding. Five of the bids were submitted by Federations and the rest by firms, training groups or trade associations.

Kier, in conjunction with Hub South West and leading youth charity, Prince’s Trust, received £43,500 to develop a work experience programme, designed to encourage 15-18 year olds into construction. The project will deliver a series of ‘taster days’, offer progression onto pre-employment programmes where students can gain CSCS accreditation and on-site experience. Ongoing support and mentoring from Prince’s Trust will help young people progress into employment, further education or training within the industry.

The North Yorkshire Construction Training Group has been allocated £36,000 to develop a training course designed to help construction firms with fewer than 50 employees boost their business acumen. The project will develop structured workshops and one to one bespoke coaching and support, to help construction SMEs navigate common obstacles and improve business skills. The aim is to increase the long-term growth and financial sustainability of small firms.

Geeta Nathan, Head of Economic Analysis at CITB, says:

“I’m excited to announce the latest round of industry-led projects that CITB is supporting. The construction industry faces unique challenges and it’s important that we work together to address these issues so that we are well-positioned for the future.

The threat of human trafficking in construction is real. Firms want to root it out, but don’t always know how. This project will help companies to protect staff, abide by the law and uphold the reputation of the industry. We commend the efforts of Willmott Dixon for initiating this project and are pleased to support them with industry investment.”

Rick Lee, Chief Human Resources Manager at Willmott Dixon, says:

“At Willmott Dixon we believe strongly that our industry should lead the way in ensuring and safeguarding the rights and treatment of our workforce, which includes compliance with all legislation regarding employees’ right to work.

“In order to share our knowledge in this area and help our industry set the standard, we are pleased to have partnered with the CITB to produce training videos which act as practical guides and highlight best practice. Our hope is that these videos will raise awareness and provide valuable guidance to the wider construction industry on this important subject.”

The list of other successful bids for this round includes:

Project name Organisation Nation CITB request Description
Impact: CSR reporting for construction SMEs National Federation of Builders England £231,945 A pilot programme to develop corporate social responsibility among construction SMEs.
Reinforced Concrete Frame Upskilling






£154,788 A project that aims to address skills gaps and skills shortages by increasing the number of new and qualified workers in the Reinforced Concrete Frame sector.


Construction Collaborative Leadership Framework (CCLF) Scottish Building Federation Scotland £120,840 This project aims to build a leadership framework for the construction industry to develop joint solutions to solve issues the industry faces.
Sewer lining operative training programme PDL England £34,190 Funds will be used to develop new pilot training programmes to train apprentices and upskill 6 current staff.
‘Roots to Roofs’ – a cross curricular educational activity North Yorkshire Construction Training Group England £21,950 Develop partnerships with various local groups and pilot a programme to promote the industry in the region.
Service tech training for small tools plant Hire Association Europe England £25,725 To deliver training to fitters and plant mechanics to use small hand held tools and equipment, which is currently not available.
Demolition Manager Refresher Course National Federation of Demolition Contractors England £8,050 Pilot project to develop a Demolition Manager Refresher Course to help managers refresh their skills and renew their cards.
Creation of demolition specific guidance notes National Demolition Training Group Ltd England £17,670 Will produce guidance notes on best practice for existing demolition workers.
The Manse Skills Academy GMG Contractors Scotland £49,153 Will develop a bespoke skills academy in Glasgow to train apprentices offsite when the weather is inclement.


The next opportunity to apply for Flexible and Structured Funding will open in February 2017. To find out how to apply, check out: