CITB agrees sale of National Construction College Midlands to Walsall College

WALSALL College purchased CITB’s National Construction College (NCC) facility based at King’s Norton, Birmingham, on 30 November. The sale included the land, buildings and business, with all 17 staff members being transferred over as employees of Walsall College.

An experienced construction skills provider, Walsall College says it’ll look to further develop a comprehensive offer for apprentices and work-based leaners that takes them from basic to advanced skills training in sector specialisms including scaffolding and roofing.

The sale of the college by CITB is part of its Vision 2020 programme. Reforms include handing over direct training to alternative providers who can offer a service at least as good as that which is currently in place. This allows CITB to focus on delivering improved skills outcomes for all construction employers across Great Britain.

Braden Connolly, CITB director of products and services, said: ‘Walsall College is an excellent Further Education provider with a strong track record and links to employers all over the region. This landmark agreement will secure a bright future for high quality construction training provision for industry in the Midlands, with commitments to maintain and develop existing training and with no redundancies from the sale.

‘It also marks the first of our four National Construction College facilities across the country to be sold to an alternative training provider, as part of our programme to reform CITB to better serve the sector for the future.’

Jatinder Sharma, Walsall College’s principal and ceo, said: ‘This acquisition takes the college in a new direction for which we are ideally situated. It utilises our expertise in key areas, while enabling us to increase the level and breadth of our provision.

‘Construction and infrastructure are priority areas for economic recovery in the West Midlands. The emphasis really must be on how we widen our support for local employers and their workforces; ensuring they access the right skills to accelerate the pace of these new builds and redevelopments.
‘We look forward to getting started.’

The National Construction Colleges remain open for business and are taking bookings into 2021.

Walsall College says it’s a leading education provider delivering support, courses, and training from its world-class campuses in the borough of Walsall. It says: ‘With more than 4,000 14-19-year-olds, 8,000 adults and 2,000 apprentices, we aim to support our customers with the highest quality education, skills development and training programmes, which are focused on the needs of a modern economy.’

Courses from foundation level up to degree are available for school leavers, adults returning to learning or enhancing their careers, the long-term unemployed and those hardest to reach who need bespoke interventions, and employers requiring business-training solutions.