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6 December 2007

ConstructionSkills Seeks New Chief Executive

ConstructionSkills is looking for a new Chief Executive after the announcement, today, that Peter Lobban is to retire in August 2008. The recruitment process starts in January for the post which leads the levy-raising Industry Training Board and steers the development of the Sector Skills Council (SSC), ConstructionSkills.

Peter has been at the helm of ConstructionSkills for 10 years. During his tenure, the Industry Training Board has kept Levy rates constant and has substantially increased non-levy income so the majority of levy can be returned to the industry in the form of training grants and other employer support.

He was also instrumental in forming the ConstructionSkills partnership with CITB Northern Ireland and the Construction Industry Council which achieved a licence to operate as the Sector Skills Council for construction in 2003. Since then, ConstructionSkills has been widely acknowledged as a leading SSC which has successfully engaged with Government to secure a better skills and training funding deal for the industry through the Sector Skills Agreement.

Peter Lobban said:

“The organisation is now in a very good position to capitalise on some extremely exciting new opportunities and will, no doubt, continue to provide innovative and employer-led skills and training solutions for the construction industry for many years to come. After a hugely challenging, but enjoyable, time I am now looking forward to passing the baton to a new champion.”

Sir Michael Latham, Chairman, paid tribute to Peter’s achievements:

“We are sad that Peter Lobban has indicated that he wishes to retire. He has provided excellent leadership and leaves the organisation financially sound and exceptionally well regarded by industry and wider stakeholders alike. We are extremely grateful for his hard work and dedication. We will now need to find someone very good to replace him.”

ConstructionSkills is a complex and rapidly growing £300 million turnover business providing a wide range of services to the construction sector and employing over 1500 staff. Every year, it manages 30,000 apprentices, 300,000 health and safety tests, 50,000 NVQs via OSAT and it has helped increase the number of construction companies investing in training by 40% in recent times.

ConstructionSkills works with the whole construction supply chain on initiatives such as the Construction Skills Network, the Construction Qualification Strategy, the National Skills Academy for Construction and the Inspire Scholarship programme.

For further information, please see the full press release

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