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New arrangements announced to replace departing CITB director


An anticipated expansion of apprenticeship and services work has led to the creation of two new roles at CITB.

Head of Apprenticeships Steve Hearty will become Director of Apprenticeships and Standards.

Meanwhile Head of Product Management Braden Connolly becomes Director of Products and Services.

Steve and Braden’s new positions have been created following Products and Services Director Carl Rhymer’s decision to leave CITB to pursue new ventures. Carl’s work will be assimilated into Steve and Braden’s new portfolios.

Commenting on the appointments Sarah Beale said: “On behalf of the Executive Team I would like to congratulate Braden and Steve on their new appointments. The wealth of experience and knowledge they will bring to the Executive Team will place us well to continue supporting and developing an attractive suite of products and services that meet industry needs.

“We have committed to significant deliverables in the next few years, as well as needing to react and support to a changing skills environment. I believe that this arrangement will provide greater breadth at a time where it is essential that we deliver for Industry.

“Both Steve and Braden are aware of the challenges and the opportunities the new roles will present and they are well-placed to help lead CITB through them.

“In the meantime I would like to thank Carl again for his contribution and wish him every success in the future.”

Steve and Braden begin their new roles on July 1st. Their previous positions will be filled in due course.


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About CITB

CITB is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). CITB ensures employers can access the high quality training their workforce needs and supports industry to attract new recruits into successful careers in construction.

Using its evidence base on skills requirements, CITB works with employers to develop standards and qualifications for the skills industry needs now, and in the future. CITB is improving its employer funding to invest in the most needed skills and by making it easier for businesses of all sizes to claim grants and support.

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