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  • ONLINEMAGAZINEISSUE 3: SPRING 2017

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    CITB NI offers direct grants to

    registered employers for support in

    a wide range of training and

    qualifications for their employees

    working in Northern Ireland. There

    are a series of grant categories that

    includes:

    • Grants for employed status

    Apprentices

    • Becoming a Trainer or Assessor

    • Business Certification

    i.e. safe-t-cert or ISO certification

    • Qualifying the Existing Workforce

    – short duration training,

    development through NVQ’s or

    HNC/HND’s

    • Initial Industry Registration Cards

    Investing in training now and

    building up the skills and strength of

    your team can save you money in

    the future

    GRANTSImportant to note:The annual return form or option

    forms must have been submitted by

    the specified deadlines to be eligible

    to claim grant in the training year 1

    Sept 2016 to 31 August 2017.

    Levy Payers will only be eligible to

    receive grant aid to the value of

    total levy paid. This limit does not

    apply to apprentice grants.

    All registered employers below the

    levy threshold of £80,000 are

    eligible to claim grant to the value

    of £500. This limit does not apply to

    apprentice grants.

    The grant application is simple and

    offers flexibility to claim whilst

    you train. Full details of the

    scheme can be found at

    www.citbni.org.uk/grants.aspx

    grants or contact a member of the

    grants team on 028 9082 5466

    http://www.citbni.org.uk/grants.aspx

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    GRANTSLevyAll construction industry employers

    are required by law register with

    CITB NI and to complete and return

    the Annual Levy Return form before

    the stated deadline.

    If your wages bill is greater or equal

    to £80,000 levy is payable on the

    gross emoluments at 0.65% and if

    below £80,000 you will not be liable

    to pay but you can still benefit from

    CITB NI.

    The money raised through levy will

    help share the investment across

    the industry to help maintain a solid

    skills base, meeting the immediate

    needs of individual customers and in

    the long term benefiting the whole

    industry by helping avoid skills

    shortages.

    Should I be Registered? If you can answer YES to the

    following questions you should be

    registered with CITB NI

    1. Are you working in the

    construction industry?

    2. Are you an employer?

    3. Are you working in Northern

    Ireland for 27 or more weeks in

    relevant tax year?

    As a registered construction

    employer you will gain access

    to the following benefits;

    • Training Grants for you and

    your Team

    • Training for the Industry through

    our Mobile Training Unit and

    scaffolding facility

    • Training support at employer

    information events and through

    our online training directory

    • Training Research for accurate,

    current and forward looking labour

    market intelligence

    • Careers information through our

    website and careers events

    and download the Return Form.

    http://www.citbni.org.uk/Test-Page/FAQs/Definitions/Employer.aspxhttp://www.citbni.org.uk/Test-Page/Registration/How-to-Register-with-CITB-NI.aspx

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    Too busy to leave your site let the Mobile Training Unit come to you

    CITB NI TRAINING

    As long as you are based in

    Northern Ireland, the Mobile

    Training Unit (MTU) can come to

    you and provide short duration

    health and safety courses such as

    confined spaces, excavations,

    manual handling and working at

    heights encouraging the industry

    to build safely.

    The MTU provides training on site to

    all registered in-scope construction

    employers. It is a convenient way of

    meeting training requirements with

    minimum disruption to site work

    whilst also helping employers meet

    their legal responsibility.

    Registered in-scope levy paying

    employers can book the Mobile

    Training Unit Free of Charge. A cost

    of £300/day will be applied to those

    who are registered but do not pay

    a levy.

    Booking is easy, you can contact

    Des on 07801 598 520 / 028 9082

    5466 and we can facilitate your

    booking and answer any queries

    you have. Alternatively you can

    email [email protected]

    or [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]

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    CITB NI TRAINING

    CITB NI’s innovative VET360

    provides a unique and memorable

    immersive experience which gives

    the user instant access to

    construction sites in a workplace

    environment. Used as a training

    tool VET360 allows the user to

    experience of being onsite within a

    safe training environment. The

    facility allows the user to see more,

    save time and stay safe as VET360

    is the perfect bridge between

    theoretical classroom training

    and the reality of a busy

    construction site.

    Interested in experiencing VET360

    and see how it could transform your

    training? Contact Lorraine Fisher

    02890 824202 email:

    [email protected]

    for more information.

    Virtual Environment Training – VET360

    mailto:[email protected]

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    CITB NI TRAINING‘A Beginners Guide to Risk Assessment’ CITB NI have created a specialist training partnership with South Eastern Regional College (SERC) to deliver a brand new virtual environment risk assessment training programme to help businesses understand the basic processes involved in making their workplace legally compliant.

    And with figures showing many businesses have never carried out a risk assessment in the workplace, it could be welcome news for business and anyone who has responsibility for health and safety.

    The course entitled, ‘A Beginners Guide to Risk Assessment’ has been devised to combine the theory behind why risk assessments are

    necessary with practical activities that will enhance understanding of the process using an innovative and novel approach.

    The training will be delivered over three hours and is designed to be useful to all sectors of industry from small businesses that need to be able to produce risk assessments to win or undertake contracts to large multi-national organisations that have a number of individuals responsible for health and safety issues.

    The course will be delivered at CITB NI using their virtual environment training facility (VET360) to place the course participant in ‘virtual’ environments so they can identify potential risks in total safety.

    Alongside the use of the VET360 facility a number of practical staged scenarios have been incorporated into the training. These activities

    allow the participants to practice undertaking a Risk Assessment using recommended pro forma templates that they can adopt to use in their own business or organisation.

    The course will be running on the following dates at CITB NI, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin BT29 4SR

    Dates• Friday 28th April• Friday 26th May• Friday 16th June

    Times – 9.30am – 12.30amCost - £60 per person

    CITB NI grant available to registered employers who have met the Tier 1 eligibility terms and conditions of the direct grants to employers 2016/2017 If you would like more information please contact Lorraine at CITB NI on [email protected] or at 028 9082 4202.

    ScaffoldingWe provide the CISRS scaffolding training courses at Nutts Corner Training Centre. These courses include a five-day Basic Access Systems Erector Course (BASE) and a two-day Tube & Fitting Basic Scaffold Inspection course. On successful completion of these courses the relevant CISRS Scaffolding card will be issued.

    These courses run alongside the existing CISRS programme of Scaffolding Part One, Part Two and Advanced courses working towards achievement of an NVQ and obtaining a Scaffolding or Advanced Scaffolding Card.

    For more information on courses, contact [email protected] tel: 028 9082 5466.

    mailto:[email protected]:gil[email protected]

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    OTHER NEWS Employer EventsCITB NI is providing a series of short

    seminars on a range of topical

    business issues.

    These seminars are being delivered

    by industry experts, giving

    attendees a detailed overview of the

    subject area and the practicalities of

    dealing with these issues in the

    construction industry.

    In addition, CITB NI will provide a

    short overview of the services we

    provide to the construction industry

    and their benefits to employers.

    Topics Date Venue

    Introduction to

    Tendering and

    Using Social Media

    to Promote Your

    Business

    24/05/17 Killyhevlin Hotel,

    Enniskillen

    BIM and Waste

    Management

    (including site visit)

    21/06/17 Ulster University,

    Belfast

    FREE to CITB NI registered employers – please have your registration number when booking

    £25 for non-registered attendees

    Book Now

    Book Now

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enniskillen-event-registration-29639404256https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bim-and-waste-management-including-site-visit-registration-29644243731

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    OTHER NEWS Construction apprentices compete to be the best at Skillbuild NI 2017Over 80 local construction

    apprentices gathered their tools to

    compete against each other in the

    annual Skillbuild NI National Finals

    which was held in Southern

    Regional College, Portadown

    on 24th March.

    This year celebrates 40 years of the

    Skillbuild competition which is

    designed to test skills, technique

    and ability within tight timeframes in

    order to win coveted titles in 11

    different trades ranging from

    brickwork to wall and floor tiling.

    Skillbuild NI, run and governed by

    CITB NI, is held annually each spring

    with many winners progressing

    further to represent Northern

    Ireland in the Skills Show UK and

    potentially at WorldSkills.

    Richard Shannon from Southern

    Regional College was awarded the

    Best Overall Skillbuild Young

    Apprentice 2017 for their skills

    in joinery.

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    INDUSTRY REPORTSThe Construction IndicatorAn update of Northern Ireland (NI)

    Construction Industry Performance

    Indicators.

    Construction Employment• Construction employment in

    Northern Ireland is expected to

    grow at an annual average rate of

    0.4% over the forecast period,

    slightly lower than the UK rate of

    0.6%. Employment is projected to

    reach around 64,100 in 2021, 2.3%

    higher than in 2016 but still nearly

    12% down on its 2008 peak1.

    • The NI industry will have to recruit

    an average of 710 new employees

    each year to realise forecasted

    construction output, with the

    annual requirement highest for

    bricklayers (170) and wood trades

    and interior fit-out (140)2. Skills

    shortages amongst bricklayers

    have been reported in the RICS UK

    Construction Market report, with

    47% of NI respondents to the

    survey highlighting a shortage in

    this area3.

    • The number of unemployed

    construction related claimants has

    decreased by almost 27% from

    January 2016 (4,800) to January

    2017 (3,500)4.

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    1 Industry Insights Report for NI 2017-2021, Construction Skills Network2 Industry Insights Report for NI 2017-2021, Construction Skills Network3 RICS UK Construction Market Survey Q4 2016, published February 2017 4 Economic and Labour Market Statistics, NISRA, Department of Finance, February 2017

    Industry reports

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    Construction Output• Since Q4 2013 there has been a

    general upward trend in

    construction output following the

    slow down after 2007. However

    levels are still considerably lower

    than those reported pre-2007, at

    about two thirds of those levels5.

    • Compared to the same quarter in

    2015, construction output in Q3 of

    2016 was 8.8% higher. However Q3

    2016 did show a decrease of 1.9%

    in comparison with Q2. This fall in

    output comes after three

    consecutive quarterly increases6.

    • Looking forward, the recovery in

    the Northern Ireland construction

    industry is expected to continue

    for most of the forecast period

    (2017-2021), with annual average

    growth projected at 1.6%, roughly

    in line with the UK average. The

    shorter term forecast is slightly

    more buoyant, with forecast

    growth of just over 3% for 2017

    and 20187.

    5 NI Construction Bulletin, Output in the Construction Industry Q3 2016, published 19/01/176 NI Construction Bulletin, Output in the Construction Industry Q3 2016, published 19/01/177 Industry Insights Report for NI 2017-2021, Construction Skills Network

    INDUSTRY REPORTS

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    Source: NI Construction Bulletin Q3 2016, NISRA, Department of Finance

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    State of TradeFMB’s State of Trade report shows

    that whilst still positive there has

    been a decline in Northern Ireland’s

    net balance figure however it

    remains higher than the figure for

    the UK overall. In Q4 2016 NI’s net

    balance was +10, down 5

    percentage points on Q3 and

    down 8 percentage points on the

    same quarter last year8.

    According to the latest RICS report

    on the UK construction market,

    confidence is high in the Northern

    Ireland 12-month outlook. NI was

    one of the few areas in the UK to

    see an increase in output growth in

    the last quarter of 2016 and

    workloads are expected to increase

    by the majority of survey

    respondents9.

    Housebuilding, as indicated

    elsewhere in this report, is expected

    to be a driving force in output

    growth, however the infrastructure

    sector is weak.

    8. Based on a composite indicator combining workload, expected workload & enquiries questions, weighted by the firms’ size. The net balance shows the difference between those saying higher & those saying lower for the three questions. Federation of Master Builders (FMB) State of Trade Survey Report, Q4 2016

    9 RICS UK Construction Market Survey Q4 2016, published February 2017

    INDUSTRY REPORTS

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    New House Prices and SalesThe total number of NI residential

    property sales in 2015-16 (Q2 2015

    – Q1 2016) stood at 23,215, a 9.5%

    increase on the same period in

    2014-15 (21,205). In terms of new

    house sales, for the period April

    2015 – March 2016 there were 1,239

    sales, a modest increase of 2.2% on

    the same period in 2014-1510.

    The trend of increasing numbers of

    new dwelling starts continued in

    2015-16 (Apr-Mar), with a 12%

    increase from 5,990 in 2014-15 to

    6,713 in 2015-1611.

    10 NI Housing Bulletin, NISRA, July - September 2016, published 07/02/1711 NI Housing Bulletin, NISRA, July - September 2016, published 07/02/1712 NI Housing Bulletin, NISRA, July – September 2016, published 07/02/1713 Industry Insights Report for NI 2017-2021, Construction Skills Network

    The average price of a new dwelling

    in NI stood at £157,400, up from

    £152,100 (+3.5%)12.

    All signs point to an upturn in the

    housing sector. The public and

    private housing sector forecasts of

    6.1% and 2.2% are the highest

    average annual output forecasts

    among all sectors for the period

    2017-202113.

    For further information contact

    Karen Hunter at CITB NI via e-mail

    [email protected] or

    telephone 028 9082 4233.

    INDUSTRY REPORTS

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    mailto:[email protected]

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    for further information on the summary

    and full report please click here

    Recent ResearchEmployer Attitudes and Motivations to Training and Learning

    The Employer Attitudes and

    Motivations to Training and

    Learning research acts as a regular

    programme of consultation with

    employers on hot topics of the

    moment and allows a reality check

    on anecdotal reports. The research

    consists of 105 telephone interviews

    with NI construction employers

    (contractors and professional

    services) in July and August 2016.

    • The two main business challenges

    faced by respondents were the

    need to increase sales (31%, down

    from 43% in 2015) and finding

    suitably skilled staff (30%, up from

    21% in 2015).

    • 86% of employers reported that

    turnover stayed the same or

    increased (54% and 32%

    respectively) with 11% reporting a

    decrease. This is more positive

    than in 2015 when more reported a

    decrease than an increase (36%

    and 24% respectively). Results

    suggest more stability in terms

    of turnover for businesses in the

    past year.

    • One third of construction firms

    (33%) offer apprenticeships, with

    one fifth currently employing

    apprentices (20%).

    • Two-fifths of all employers had

    recruited or attempted to recruit

    in the last 12 months (40%).

    Most recruiters reported

    recruitment challenges in 2016

    (69%; 70% in 2015), with this most

    often being simply a shortage of

    good candidates (41%).

    INDUSTRY REPORTS• Two-thirds of employers (67%)

    said that the rates of pay for their

    staff had increased over the last

    twelve months.

    Types of Work Offering Growth Opportunities in Next 2-3 Years (Prompted)

    Housing: new build

    Housing: refurbishment

    Public buildings

    Commercial buildings

    Housing: extensions

    26%

    26%20%

    16%

    12%

    http://www.citbni.org.uk/R--amp;-D/Employer-Attitudes---Motivations-to-Learning---Tra.aspx

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    Employer Tracking and Stakeholder Surveys

    CITB NI provides various products

    and services to the construction

    industry in Northern Ireland and

    needs to be able to demonstrate

    that it has the approval and support

    of the industry and stakeholders.

    It does this through an annual

    survey consisting of approximately

    100 telephone interviews with

    construction sector employers

    and a bi-annual survey of

    24 stakeholders.

    Employers:

    • Average awareness of services

    amongst construction companies

    is 65% - up 4% from 2015.

    • Satisfaction was at 100% across all

    services used except training

    advice which was at 86%.

    • 81% of respondents are satisfied

    with the overall service CITB NI

    provides to the industry.

    • 79% of respondents are satisfied

    with the overall service CITB NI

    has provided to their company in

    the last 12 months.

    • 82% of respondents feel it is

    important to maintain the levy and

    grants system in terms of the

    impact it has on maintaining the

    levy and quality of training across

    the construction industry as a

    whole – up from 69% in 2015.

    • 72% of respondents believe that

    the levy and grant system should

    continue.

    Stakeholders:

    • 88% of stakeholders felt they have

    a good understanding of CITB NI’s

    roles and objectives.

    • 73% of stakeholders are satisfied

    with the overall service CITB NI

    provides the industry as a whole.

    • 61% of stakeholders have actually

    recommended CITB NI to

    someone in the last 12 months.

    INDUSTRY REPORTS

    For further information please see the summary and full please click here.

    http://www.citbni.org.uk/R--amp;-D/Employer-Tracking-Survey.aspx

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