Project Manager, Keith Sherwin passes on the CITB baton

They say that a change is as good as a rest.

For that reason I have stepped down from my position as chair of the CITB’s regional training group to become vice-chair.

After a year at the top, I thought it would be a good idea to allow Alan Chapman of Matthew Charlton Slaters to have the opportunity to bring some new ideas and fresh thinking to the table.

It has been a hugely rewarding experience and a great honour to have taken on the role of chair.

The regional training group receives funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and being part of it allows companies access to discounted training which can be organised at local venues.

For both the company and also for individuals, the group has many benefits such as networking opportunities, assisting with training needs and as a platform to make your voice heard as part of a larger network.

I am not the only company representative as we also have Mervyn Bottle who is a director of the group.

We currently have 60 members and the focus at the moment is very much on leadwork and we have special funding from the CITB to permit more training.

Throughout the UK, construction companies linked with the CITB are joining local training groups to develop relationships with people within the sector, to enrich their knowledge, challenge ideas and push forward with initiatives to further the skillset of both companies and individuals.

The development of apprentices is also a key priority for the group and something we at Hodgson Sayers have been championing for many years. Apprentices account for 10% of our workforce and upon successful completion of their placement are guaranteed employment with us.

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