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Construction industry training board gets new chair

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Sir Michael Latham has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) from 1 April 2002. He will replace Hugh Try, who will step down in March 2002. Sir Michael is a former Member of Parliament for Melton/Rutland and Melton, and is currently the Chairman of Willmott Dixon Ltd.

John Healey, minster for adult skills, said "Sir Michael has already made a major contribution to the construction industry and has great knowledge of the skills and training issues facing the industry. I am delighted that we will have the benefit of his experience in this key position and I know he will take forward the significant reforms brought about by his predecessor, Hugh Try. This appointment reflects the importance the Government attaches to top-level employers playing a leading role in training matters for the construction industry, supported by educationalists, trade unions and others with a high level of knowledge of the skills requirements of the industry. As we move towards Sector Skills Councils we will want more leading employers like Sir Michael to help us bridge the skills gaps that we are facing."

Sir Michael stated: "I feel greatly honoured to be asked to follow Hugh Try in taking the Chair of this vital industrial organisation. The challenge for construction to attract more keen and talented young people into it, and to provide them with the skills that they need for the sector, remains acute. The role of the CITB is absolutely crucial, and the leadership which it has given in conjunction with the government over the years has greatly helped the industry to move towards the important targets contained in the Egan report. I greatly look forward to being closely involved in the future."


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