Thanks for the mention, @Danny
. It's not something we'd have knowledge of, I'm afraid. I know when I looked at the CITB levy charges awhile back I was shocked at how much they do charge companies. I hope the benefits are worth it.
As for training, I (personally) am very skeptical about it all. Every industry is suffering (not just construction) due to self imposed regulations by people setting themselves up as the "governing body". I understand they are attempting to improve standards but from what so many people say about the training courses, I can't help but think there's a little money for old rope in there - and I have been on a few training courses myself over the years and have also delivered training (not in construction, you understand).
I actually think the education system from day one is failing. Most young adults are "cosseted" until 18/ 19 by being "made" to go to 6th form college. Government should not have got rid of technical colleges and should be encouraging more apprenticeship schemes that work.
There should be incentive for the youngster/ apprentice to complete the "on the job" training and not let his employer down... those sort of ethics don't seem to be instilled now, I don't know why?
I would urge you all to read the FAQ posted by @KevRM
"Under the Industrial Training Act 1982 we are the only organisation authorised to levy employers in the construction industry and, the Act does not give authorisation for contractors to make deductions from any amounts paid to sub-contractors or other workers on our behalf." (Just part of what it says).
Good for you, Danny, in trying to make a difference. Best of luck!