CITB agree to sell Cskills to National Open College Network (NOCN)


In the loom of a potential skills gap immerging in the construction sector, the CITB have agreed to sell Cskills, the second largest awarding body in the industry, to the National Open College Network (NOCN).


Cskills has been an operating division of CITB and will transfer overnight on 1st August to NOCN, encouraging growth of construction-related training provisions across the nation.


This sale is set to change the Apprenticeship delivery for over 4,000 learners and will significantly impact how construction-related courses are accredited.


Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director of NOCN commented;

“As someone who started out as an Apprentice first time around and who has worked in the building and construction sector for many years, I find this new opportunity very exciting. I am looking forward to working with Cskills’ personnel to incorporate their product expertise and their technological distinctiveness to NOCN.”


This is the first time in the CITB’s history to release control of any area of the three-tier delivery model.


The first tier is where the National Construction Academy work. We deliver high-quality training in construction-related job roles to bridge the skills gaps that exist throughout the industry.


The second tier is the awarding bodies who provide qualifications such as Cskills and City and Guilds. They are responsible for the development of industry-relevant qualifications and ensuring that the qualifications are delivered effectively.


The third and final tier is the development of new Apprenticeships, which is the likes of the Federation of Master Builders, who bring together groups of industry-leading employers to develop courses that are beneficial for both Apprentices and their employers.


This change in structure will have a positive impact on The National Construction Academy as it will encourage an increase the competitiveness of training providers, which will ultimately lead to an increase in quality of Apprenticeship training in the ever-evolving construction sector.