CITB Wales learners are “developing high levels of practical skills in the workplace” according to Welsh education inspection body Estyn.
The body praised CITB Wales’ work with construction employers, education institutions and learners across Wales and published their findings in a detailed report.
Estyn, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, stated that CITB learners gain and sustain employment in construction.
The current performance of CITB Wales was described as “good” with many areas of strength and no immediate or important areas that require significant improvement.
Also outlined in the inspection were the prospects for improvement, while CITB Apprenticeships leadership and management were “excellent” with a number of strengths including numerous examples of sector-leading practice.
CITB Head of Apprenticeships, Steve Hearty, welcomed the report and said that the body is pleased with the results of the thorough examination of their work throughout the country.
Hearty continued: “Estyn’s report reflects the dedication of CITB staff, our highly motivated learners and the strength of our partnerships across Wales.
“CITB have introduced new working practices which facilitate the sharing of resources and best practice across GB teams and our FE partners which is supported by our Quality First strategy and we are delighted this is recognised within the report with our ‘prospects for improvement’ grade stated to be excellent.”
The report was published at an important time for the construction sector in Wales, with its potential now clear and CITB Wales playing a role in ensuring that learners develop world class construction skills that come up to the standards of employers on major projects in future.
The group also stated that it will continue to strive for the highest possible standard and prioritise the recommendations of the report.
Earlier in the week, CITB created a new industry relations director role to boost engagement with the industry at a time of significant change for employers.