Industry Leading Training
SBF is the largest consensus federation in Scotland giving Members the opportunity to influence the direction of the industry’s training board. SBF Members provide over 40% of levy contributions in Scotland and SBF representatives sit on the CITB Scottish Advisory Committee and the UK-wide CITB Council. In addition, SBF regularly meet with senior management throughout CITB in order to advance the needs of SBF Members.
SBF supports Members in the submission of applications for training funds to CITB and is regularly successful in helping Members to obtain grant funding. SBF can assist with applications to CITB’s Structured and Flexible funds and can also support SME’s through the process of applying to the Skills and Training Fund at no additional cost.
The Scottish Building Federation works with CITB and other partners to deliver a range of training initiatives targeted to support our Members. Recent programmes designed and delivered by SBF have focused on environmental strategies, occupational health, human resources and an initiative to deliver the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course to more than 100 college lecturers from across Scotland.
SBF is currently developing a collaborative framework for the benefits of the construction industry which will include a variety of training interventions over the course of the coming 18 months with all Members encouraged to participate in this exciting programme.
The Scottish Building Federation created the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) in 1934. SBATC operates an apprenticeship registration scheme which regulates and monitors the working conditions, wages, recruitment and training of apprentices within the Scottish building industry. SBATC plays a crucial role in determining the nature and duration of construction apprenticeships in addition to shaping and approving the curriculum of craft qualifications.
SBF Members have the opportunity to sit on the SBATC Council with a view to influencing the future direction of construction apprenticeships in Scotland and SBF Members also have the ability to appoint ‘skills test’ assessors who provide a mark of industry approval before apprentices can become fully qualified.