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Skills and Training

Skills and Training


   Construction Industry Training Board

SBF is the largest CITB 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 also 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.


Training Interventions

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 Construction Collaborative Leadership 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.   



CIPD Intermideiate Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management

the Scottish Building Federation has partnered with Acacia Learning to deliver the CIPD Intermediate (Level 5) Diploma in Human Resource Management for candidates practicing HR within the Scottish construction industry.

Achievement of the Intermediate (Level 5) Diploma in Human Resource Management qualification provides candidates with access to Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the position of the qualification within the CIPD framework can be viewed here.

The qualification comprises 8 units, consisting of four mandatory units (Developing Professional Practice, Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources, Using Information in Human Resources and Managing and Co-ordinating the HR Function) and four optional units which will be decided by the group but which will include an elective on Employment Law.

A total of 10 places are available on the course with further details provided below;

  • Start Date: May 2018
  • Tutor: Dr. Stephen Littler
  • Cost: SBF Members: £2,850 + VAT /  Non-Members: £3,100 + VAT
  • Location: SBF’s new Falkirk Office, 1st Floor, Unit 8, Callendar Business Park, Falkirk, FK1 1XR
  • Attendance: 14 teaching days and 1 study skills workshop
  • Attendance Pattern: 1 weekday’s attendance every 2/3 weeks
  • Assessment: 1 written assignment for each of the 8 modules 

Included within the cost of the course is a study textbook and additional support will also be offered from the Scottish Building Federation to all candidates throughout the course. Candidates not already registered with CIPD, will need to become CIPD Student Members after commencing the course and this cost is not included in the course fees above.

Please do not hesitate to contact Paul Mitchell directly on 0131 556 8866 should you wish to discuss any aspect of the qualification. A no-obligation discussion with the course tutor can also be arranged with a view to ascertaining if the course is the correct fit for potential students.

Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council

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.