The main criteria for companies wishing to become full Members is by making an ongoing commitment towards the development of their staff, including regular labour-only sub-contract personnel; the development of a Training Plan is a key influencing factor of this. The recruitment of a New Entrant Trainee, the upskilling of their existing workforce (attainment of a CSCS Card) or the offer of work experience to school, college or university students, could also be included. Further demonstration of this commitment is by the payment of an annual membership fee of £200.00 + VAT.
Application for Membership
The Group welcomes applications from Construction companies for full membership and active participation. In order to apply, please contact us via our Enquiry Service.
As a consequence of the April 2013 AGM, your Management Committee met to discuss the issues raised surrounding membership and the attendance at General Meetings. This was again discussed at this year’s AGM and the subsequent GM in July. The Group remains especially anxious to fulfill its obligations to its Members, but can only achieve this by guidance and input from all parties at forums such as this. Furthermore, the communication of important information is vital to the ongoing success of The Group, especially as it now enjoys its independence. Resulting from the various discussions over the last two years, the following is now recommended for immediate consideration:
All Members, including Associates/Partners, shall commit to attending at least two General Meetings throughout a single calendar year (the Membership Year). Failure to do so will mean that the Company will be precluded from accessing significant training grant subsidies currently facilitated by the Group (where they apply), on behalf of the CITB.
For those companies who do not feature as an in-scope organisation, such initiatives will be subsidised to the level of 50% of the invoiced cost, which could include accommodation, Tutor time, testing and Certification etc - the rationale being that the CITB does not support out-of-scope organisations.
In addition, Members who keenly demonstrate a further commitment by attending more than the two General Meetings during a calendar year, can expect to gain benefit from an enhancement on the existing subsidies, which now appear to be regularly available each year e.g. £25,000.00 Training Group Grant. These monies will be sourced directly from other Group funds, based on the merit of each business case; the likely timing involved, and will be judged accordingly.