Construction Industry Training Board - Trustee

Body: Construction Industry Training Board
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Education
Location: The Board formally meets at least four times a year at locations throughout the UK. All Trustees are expected to undertake occasional UK travel to relevant stakeholder locations.
Skills required: Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The expected time commitment for the role is on average two days per month. Trustees are expected to attend a minimum of four Board meetings per year and be willing to Chair or be a member of a committee of the CITB and/or sit as a member on one of three Nation Councils (covering England, Wales and Scotland).

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    20/12/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    Interviews to be conducted 21st and 28th January 2019

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

CITB is the statutory skills body for the construction industry in Great Britain and its purpose is to make better provision for the training and maintenance of skills in the industry. CITB raises around £200m annually via a training levy, and works closely with employers and the Government to ensure national construction skills needs are met.

CITB seeks to create the culture and conditions that will deliver new ways of working, embracing new technologies, creating a demand in construction for more skills, new skills and higher-level skills. CITB aspires to be at the forefront of effective commissioning and grant practice and is undertaking a high-profile transformational reform programme in order to achieve this.


CITB Board Trustee Vacancy Description

Construction skills are critical to the economy and this is a particularly important time to join the Board. Trustees have collective responsibility for CITB’s strategic direction, monitoring delivery and business performance, maintaining proper financial oversight and ensure effective Board governance. The Board is accountable to the Secretary of State for Education, the Charity Commission and more generally to Construction Industry stakeholders.

Trustees will bring their specific knowledge and expertise to the Board. They seek to deliver the statutory functions of the Board in the best interests of the Construction Industry as a whole and must make decisions independent of any affiliation to their own business or sector interests.

As a CITB trustee you are required to:

  • Ensure that CITB pursues its objectives for the benefit of the construction industry
  •  Work with fellow trustees to shape, drive and monitor CITB’s strategy
  • Prepare for and participate fully in Board meetings
  • Act reasonably in decision making and in the leadership of CITB
  • Ensure the proper management and administration of CITB as a charity
  • Use any specific skills, knowledge or experience you have to help the Board reach quick and sound decisions by leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which you have particular expertise
  • Promote the work of CITB externally
  • Participate in Board committees
  • Manage risks with a considered, proportionate and balanced approach
  • Support the CITB’s Chair and CEO
  • Ensure that CITB complies with the legislation, its Framework Agreement with Government, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations



Person Specification

CITB seeks to appoint a trustee with the following:




  • Sufficient time and interest to participate fully in the work of the Board and to be an active ambassador and advocate for the CITB
  • An ability to think strategically, analytically and to address complex challenges
  • An ability to challenge, influence and produce sound, independent judgement
  •  A team player that is approachable, participative and confident in fostering co-operative working between Trustees, the Executive and other stakeholders
  • High level knowledge and understanding of employment needs and emerging trends and developments within the construction industry
  • An ability to act in the best interests of the Construction Industry as a whole and make decisions independent of any affiliation to their own business or sector interests
  •  A commitment to the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership


  • Strong skills, experience or knowledge in at least one of the following areas:


  • Finance/Accountancy
  • Human Resources
  • The IT/Digital Environment
  •  Communications
  • Further Education and Training



  • Recent corporate experience at Board/senior level in an organisation of comparable or large size, ideally within the construction industry or the education and training sector;
  •  An understanding of the working of a non-departmental public body and the CITB’s governance requirements;
  • An understanding of legal, financial, audit and other regulatory requirements of a charity:


The Department welcomes applications from underrepresented groups



Additional Information



How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:


  1. A Covering Letter
  2. A CV
  3. Candidate Application Form
  4. Diversity Form
  5. Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form (if applicable).

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box. Please submit your applications documents as separate attachments.

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