‘Everything must be done’ – LEP joins calls to keep CITB headquarters in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 13:29 18 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:29 18 November 2017
The region’s local enterprise partnership has added its voice to the chorus calling for the Construction Industry Training Board to stay in Norfolk.
The training body has announced plans to leave its Bircham Newton base, moving head office to Peterborough, stop direct training at the National Construction College and outsource a host of back-office services.
Already the move has drawn criticism from the union Unite and North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham. The chairman of New Anglia LEP’s Building Growth board, Saul Humphrey, has already said he will be meeting CITB chief executive Sarah Beale to impress upon her the importance of the training centre and back-office jobs remaining in the county.
Now the LEP has said it “strongly supports” the call for the CITB’s headquarters to remain at Bircham Newton. The site sustained hundreds of jobs and a significant local supply chain, it said, adding it was “part of the heritage and character of west Norfolk”.
Doug Field, chairman of New Anglia LEP, said “The CITB’s decision is disappointing for the wider economy of west Norfolk and distressing for the hundreds of workers employed at the site. We are working with partners to respond to the plans. We will be contacting CITB to make a strong case that everything must be done to keep its headquarters and training facility in west Norfolk.”
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