CITB Drops Fee to Become an ATO Training Provider

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CITB IS ENCOURAGING more training providers to sign up to become an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and offer vital training for the construction industry.

The organisation has waived the joining fee of £750 for training providers to encourage more to become CITB approved.

Becoming an ATO allows providers to be supported through CITB’s Engagement Team and providers can advertise through CITB’s Construction Training Directory for free, increasing their reach to larger employers operating nationwide.

ATO Training Provider

Heather Broadhurst, Director at Now U Know Training, said: “We decided to become an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) because we were frightened to miss out. A lot of our customers were already registered with CITB and if we weren’t on that list then we were going to miss out on potential opportunities going forward.

“It’s so beneficial for us to have the directory and be able to put all of our courses on there, it’s so simple to upload and really drives business to us. The Construction Training Register is used every time we run a course. After the course has been completed, we are then able to upload the delegate’s qualifications directly onto the register and that’s then visible for them and their employer to see.

“CITB were great at putting in place communication methods. They did webinars, they did events where they talked to us directly, and we’ve got a point of contact within CITB that we’re able to go to if we do have any queries.”

Delivering Courses and Qualifications 

Explaining that becoming an ATO allows providers to deliver courses and qualifications to a defined, industry-agreed standard, Dawn Hillier, Head of Standards and Qualifications Strategy at CITB, said: “With an estimated demand for an additional 50,000 workers every year, it’s becoming increasingly important to develop the behavioural skills of the construction managers of today and leaders of tomorrow. Signing up to be an ATO provides the chance to get involved and become an integral part of this movement, helping to shape the future of construction, while branching out your business to a whole new customer base.”

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