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Hundreds of Jobs Outsourced as CITB sells Card Scheme | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Hundreds of Jobs Outsourced as CITB sells Card Scheme

The Construction Industry Training Board has agreed on the sale of the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) and struck a deal to outsource 337 back-office jobs.

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) is being sold to NOCN Group, an awarding organisation and registered charity.  The sale will include the retention of all CPCS-related jobs in Norfolk, as well as all CPCS-related mobile roles.

NOCN bought the Cskills Awards scheme from CITB last year. The CITB has also agreed on a deal to outsource a range of function Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL).

From February 2019 SSCL will take over CITB’s human resources, finance, procurement, technology and change (corporate performance) and apprenticeship processing functions, as well as certain customer operations.

The restructuring of operations is part of CITB’s Vision 2020  programme to get out of training delivery and become a facilitator. CITB staff in affected teams may be eligible to have their employment transferred under TUPE regulations to SSCL and others could be retained by CITB,  Affected employees are currently based in offices in Bircham Newton, London, Thurmaston, Bridgend and Inchinnan.  Some are also mobile workers.  CITB expects the majority of the 337 employees across the impacted teams will transfer to SSCL as part of the arrangements.  SSCL is a joint venture between the UK Cabinet Office and French IT Consultant Sopra Steria and it also provides back-office administration for the Environment Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions.

The transition of CPCS to NOCN Group is expected to happen in two phases, with completion by August 2019 subject to all parties being ready.

The CPCS provides skills cards to individual workers involved in the plant sector of the construction and allied industries.  each card provides identification and recognises the competence and qualification of the individual holder.  The scheme maintains health, safety and environmental standards through a programme of testing to prove workers comply with minimum standards.

CITB will remain part of the CPCS Management Committee and NOCN group board, to retain an influence on the scheme.

NOCN Group managing director Graham Hasting-Evans said “with this acquisition NOCN Group continues to build its education-skills investment in the construction sector.  NOCN has successfully integrated Cskills Awards to become the premium construction qualifications brand, now it welcomes CPCS into the group to widen its product range further.  This will give the plant industry a single organisation to go to for its skills needs, increasing the speed and cost-effectiveness of the journey into work.  We will retain the CPCS business in Norfolk to ensure continuity, keeping jobs local and protecting livelihoods”.

Of the SSCL outsourcing deal, CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said “Partnerships are at the heart of our Vision 2020 strategy so that we can achieve more for our industry and modernise our business.

“SSCL is an industry leader in delivering core services to organisations that are similar to CITB. Our new partnership will modernise our systems and bring the latest innovations in service to our customers.

The next phase of CITB’s modernisation is being delivered on time and as promised to British Construction and the Government it will allow CITB to focus on our priorities and become a leaner, more agile organisation that delivers the skills needed by British Construction.

“We do not underestimate the impact that this will have on our colleagues, who are incredibly talented and committed.  I see the fantastic work they do every day, and this decision to outsource is in no way a reflection on their skills and abilities.  “SSCL’s commitment to staff care development was an important factor when we were looking at this partnership.  We will be working closely in the coming weeks to support CITB colleagues affected by these changes”,

SSCL chief executive John Neilson said, “SSCL has a track record of successful large-scale transformation and delivers digital-technology services to the public sector enabling public sector clients to benefit from efficiency savings, and we look forward to working with CITB to achieve its Vision 2020 programme of reform to fulfil their role supporting British construction”.

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